Experts call this the “socially gated brain.”
"It's not just about the quantity, but this kind of research shows us it's about the quality as well,” Hirsh-Pasek told KABC. “Preserving that conversation is what matters. As researchers, we want to understand that a little bit better. What works, what doesn't work and why.”
For Bell, “It was kind of an ‘aha’” moment.
“There are times that my kids are on devices or I'm on the phone, and I am feeling, hmmm, should I be teaching them something and are we passing up learning moments?” she said.
There are things parents can do to build up children's language skills, researchers said.
First, turn off cellphones when interacting with a child. Start with a few minutes of uninterrupted conversation and work your way up. Also, draw your child in by noticing and commenting on what he or she is doing, KABC reported.