KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Parenting Assessment Maps Interactions of Families of Children with Speech Delays

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

Guest Blog by

Nur Rahmadina

Faculty of Medicine, YARSI University

Anna Luthfiana

Departement of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, YARSI University

Jakarta, Indonesia


In our Indonesian pediatric practice, parents often report that their young children have delayed speech. Both intrinsic factors and extrinsic factors may affect delayed speech. Research shows that better parenting is associated with better child development, including speech and language development.  We wanted to see if one of the extrinsic factors might be the parent-child relationship and the interaction within the family. This clinical study was conducted to explore the parent-child interactions of Indonesian families with young children with speech delays. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child interaction, language skills

How Do Smartphones Impact Children’s Language Development?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 @ 03:08 PM

For years, many of us have questioned whether too much television time hinders young children’s development. There’s ample research evidence showing that TV can adversely affect attention, sleep, language and social development.  Now, there’s a new wrinkle to this question. What’s the effect of handheld screen time (e.g., smartphones, tablets) on language development?  Parents don’t carry a TV in their pockets, but most parents do carry a smartphone.  When infants and toddlers start squirming on the bus, whimpering at a restaurant, or racing around the waiting room at the doctor’s office, what’s in your pocket?

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Tags: parent-child interaction, assessing parenting, language skills

E-toys vs. Books, Blocks: New Study Shows Impact on Parent-Child Interaction

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sun, Feb 07, 2016 @ 02:47 PM

  I often wonder about how e-toys effect young children’s language development. With all the marketing hype about talking books, kiddy smart phones and other “educational” electronic toys, what toys should parents buy to support their children’s development?  What toys should we, who support families, recommend to families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers? 

New research from Anna Sosa, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northern Arizona University explores these questions.  She built on Hart & Risley’s long-respected language study linking the number of words children hear from their parents during the early years to later language development. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child interaction, language skills

Closing the Word Gap is Not Enough. It Takes Quality Interactions

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

The “30 Million Word Gap” - This phrase keeps popping up in community service programs and in the news media.  Across the US, communities are launching public awareness campaigns and innovative programs supported by public and private funding to “close the word gap” by encouraging families to talk, sing and read every day with their young children.  Learn more about new projects in Illinois, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and California.

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Tags: parent-child interaction, word gap, early literacy, language skills