Recommended Read: Long Before Learning ABCs, Tots Recognize Words Are Symbols (AP)

A new study was published this week that highlights children's ability to recognize the written word as a symbol of language from a younger age than thought until now.
This story was originally published in the Associated Press. View the original article here


BY LAURAN NEERGAARD
AP MEDICAL WRITER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Celebrate your child's scribbles. A novel experiment shows that even before learning their ABCs, youngsters start to recognize that a written word symbolizes language in a way a drawing doesn't - a developmental step on the path to reading.

Researchers used a puppet, line drawings and simple vocabulary to find that children as young as 3 are beginning to grasp that nuanced concept.

"Children at this very early age really know a lot more than we had previously thought," said developmental psychologist Rebecca Treiman of Washington University in St. Louis, who co-authored the study.

The research published Wednesday in the journal Child Development suggests an additional way to consider reading readiness, beyond the emphasis on phonetics or being able to point out an "A'' in the alphabet chart.

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