Ear Infections Can Affect Language Development
While this research is cause for concern, it should not be alarming. 70% of kids have a least one ear infection early in life. These experiences are very common. The danger is when multiple ear infections are evident early in life. If these infections go unnoticed for a significant length of time, it can interfere with the brain's natural receptive language development and in turn affect academic abilities such as phonological awareness, semantic knowledge and reading ability. Awareness and prompt medical attention can prevent this outcome.
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