Promote Your Child’s Brain Development by Reaching the 40 Million Word Goal

By Hearing First Team April 24, 2019

LSL Day by Day | LSL outcomes, daily routines, parent advice, LSL strategies, LSL techniques, early brain development, listening and spoken language

As a parent, you’ve probably heard about the importance of reading books, teaching manners, and singing songs. However, you might not have been told that one of the best ways to build your child’s brain is by talking to them. Learn about the importance of helping your child hear 40 million words by age four, and some of our simple, everyday tips to reach this goal!

Did you know that children who hear 40 million words or more in the first four years of life develop early conversational skills, learn to read on time, do better in school and have more communication opportunities in the future?

While it’s true that the 40 million word goal is an important objective to set, just that number alone can be intimidating. We get it! Here are some of our tried and true tips to help you explore and express all the language around you to reach the 40 million word goal.

  1. Read every single day: Set a goal to read aloud to your child for at least 15 minutes every day. Build in time to read in the morning before getting ready, around mealtime, or right before bedtime. Before you know it, reading time will be a vital part of your child’s daily routine!
  2. Speak in Phrases and Full Sentences: From Day 1, speak in phrases and full sentences when you talk to your child. Just like a play-by-play sports announcer, talk about everything that is happening. This provides more meaning, while the conversational style helps their brain map sentence structure and word order.
  3. Explore All the Details: Try exploring and talking about the details in your surroundings. A simple leaf can spark language about stems, tree branches, bark, roots, and soil! Think through all the endless connections and details from the things in your day-to-day routines.

Watch Hearing First CEO, Dr. Teresa Caraway, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT walk through these steps in this easy to share how-to video!


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LSL Day by Day | LSL outcomes, daily routines, parent advice, LSL strategies, LSL techniques, early brain development, listening and spoken language

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Hearing First Team At Hearing First, we want all children to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening, the advances in technology, and the early learning services in their communities. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success.