Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain
The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important—and astoundingly simple—thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to to talk to them.
What nurtures the brain to optimum intelligence and stability?
It is a secret hiding in plain sight: the most important thing we can do for our children is to have conversations with them. The way you talk with your growing child literally builds his or her brain. Parent talk can drastically improve school readiness and lifelong learning in everything from math to art.
Indeed, parent–child talk is a fundamental, critical factor in building grit, self-control, leadership skills, and generosity. It is crucial to making the most in life of the luck you have with your genes.
This landmark account of a scientific perspective describes what works and what doesn’t (baby talk is fine; relentless correction isn’t). Discover how to create the best “language environments” for children by following the simple structure of the Three Ts: Tune In; Talk More; Take Turns.
This is the first book to reveal how and why the first step in nurturing successful lives is talking to children in ways that build their brains. Your family—and our nation—need to know.
*Nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award*
Table of Contents:
1. Connections: Why a Pediatric Cochlear Implant Surgeon Became a Social Scientist
2. The First Word: The Pioneers of Parent Talk
3. Neuroplasticity: Riding the Revolutionary Wave in Brain Science
4. The Power of Parent Talk: From Language to an Outlook on Life
5. The Three Ts: Setting the Stage for Optimum Brain Development
6. The Social Consequences: Where the Science of Neuroplasticity Can Take Us
7. Spreading the Words: The Next Step
Epilogue: Stepping Off the Shoreline
Appendix: Early Childhood Organizations and Resources