MARCS BabyLab research featured in TV, print and online media coverage

MARCS BabyLab researchers Dr Karen Mattock and Dr Marina Kalashnikova recently received television, print and online media coverage for their research into language and children.

Their study found that rather than using baby talk when speaking to toddlers, it's best to be clear and concise. However, baby talk is also an important part of an infant's development and shouldn't be eliminated.

"We should be clearer and give short, simple and repeated instructions to better convey the message."

Dr Mattock says when children hit the age group three to six, adults should be using 'child directed speech'.

"This means we should be clearer and give short, simple and repeated instructions to better convey the message," Dr Mattock told The Daily Mail.

"When you are teaching your child the names of items or giving information about them, keep in mind that their knowledge about language is different, so make sure they are attending to you as well as to the item you are talking about and encourage your child to ask questions."

At the same time, Dr Mattock says that baby talk should not be eliminated.

"At a young age this is very important for an infant's learning," she said.

"The melody of baby talk maintains the infant's interest and allows them to capture emotions which facilitates bonding."

"Also the sing song nature of it and the exaggerated, hyper articulation of stretching out vowels also helps with their development."

Karen and Marina's research is part of a wider three year study into children and language.

In addition to The Daily Mail, the research was reported by Network 10 News, The Daily Telegraph, and Mommyish.