Have you heard about the 30 million word gap? Have you heard what happens to children from low income families? In summary, studies have shown, on more than one occasion, that children from low-income families hear roughly 30 million fewer words by age 3 than their more affluent peers. When this happens a word gap is created. Because the word gap first appears during periods of critical neurological and cognitive development, its effects cannot be easily remedied by later interventions.
Children are born into less affluent homes. It’s has never been any child’s choice to be born into poverty. The word gap is the first of many injustices that would be meted out to a child born into a family of low socio-economic status.
Could this be reversed? Possibly.
For the youngest of babies, experts have suggested that instead of baby talk or no talk parents can explain their daily actions or routines to a child. Babies’ ears will not only be attuned to what is being said but they can also see what’s being done.
For older babies and toddlers, the public library is another affordable and accessible option.
For babies, toddlers and tweens. Today there are many authors who are publishing affordable activity books that encourage verbal comprehension and expression. My Book of Awesomeness is an example of a recent publication aimed not only at closing the word gap but also at building self confidence and self esteem in young girls.
As girls grow and they become more aware of their differences and capabilities, they need to be equipped with generous amounts of self love and confidence. My Book of Awesomeness will be their perfect companion.