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Predictor of child vocabulary in early speech:

Infants’ ability to relate words to objects at 12 months linked to language skills at 18 months — ScienceDaily


Cognitive development is broadly defined as the process by which babies and young children learn about the world around them, and includes the acquisition of problem solving, memory, perception and, of course, language.

At 12 months old, your infant’s ability to group objects according to the names associated with them — as opposed to their appearance alone — offers a glimpse into how his or her vocabulary will develop by the time they are 18 months, Northwestern University researchers have found.

Psychologist shows why talking to kids really matters — ScienceDaily


significant differences in both vocabulary and real-time language processing efficiency were already evident at age 18 months

By age 24 months, there was a six-month gap … in processing skills critical to language development.

Infants who heard more child-directed speech developed greater efficiency in language processing and learned new words more quickly. The results indicate that exposure to child-directed speech — as opposed to overheard speech — sharpens infants’ language processing skills, with cascading benefits for vocabulary learning.

Bright Futures

This is a widely used programme for monitoring childhood development in American.





Source: Bright Futures


Source: www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/nitcci/multidisciplinary-consultant-module-2.pdf


This American manual gives a list of assessment tools in the final appendix (p65) which includes the Ounce scale and ITFI which were not included/ reported on in the UCL paper.

A perfect 10: Why Sweden comes out on top in early child development programming

Source: A perfect 10: Why Sweden comes out on top in early child development programming

UCL Comparison of 13 Different tools for Assessing Child Development


1. Measures completed by parents

Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3)
Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)
Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status – Developmental Milestones

2. Measures completed by professionals with involvement of parents

Child Development Inventory (CDI)
Child Development Review (CDR)
Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler development


3. Measures completed by Health professionals

Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL)
Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-2)
BDI-2 Screening Test
Brigance Early Childhood Screens
Denver II
Griffiths Mental Development Scales
Schedule of Growing Skills (SGS-II)

Source: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cpru/documents/review_of_measures_of_child_development

A second language gives toddlers an edge — ScienceDaily


“We found the cognitive benefits of bilingualism come much earlier than reported in previous studies.”

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JvR Psychometrics Assessment Catalogue Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children® (MMTIC®)