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Nurturing Children’s Language Skills Could Help Shield Them From Depression

The U.S. News and World Report – Michael O. Schroeder

“At the earliest stages of development, kids learn language by interacting with parents, through being read to and listening to conversations in which they aren’t involved. These language skills will prove critical to forming relationships with family and peers as they grow. And recent research suggests stimulating this type of early language development in the home environment may help reduce a child’s risk for developing depression later on – where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have a current diagnosis of depression.”(more)

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