If you haven't read 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child by Dr. Naomi Steiner, I suggest that you pick up your copy as soon as possible. Dr. Steiner is an expert in the methods that are used to teach children more than one language, and she works closely with many bilingual and multilingual families.*
In 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child, Dr. Steiner discusses the cognitive benefits to helping your child learn a second language. There is evidence that shows that multilingual children:
- have approved spatial and attentional abilities when they are elderly
- improved memory
- exhibit more creative use of language
- show a better ability to deal with distractions
Her book goes on to explain that studies have shown that bilingual children grasp rules and process information better; even math seems to be easier for them!
I find these scientific developments fascinating and they fuel my passion for helping parents get started on the road to child language acquisition. Over the next couple of weeks we'll be discussing the science behind foreign language learning with Dr. Naomi Steiner as our guest right here on the blog!
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