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Originally Broadcasted
Date: Thursday 7th October, 2021

Here are the 3 key takeaways: 



1)The Auditory-Language-Reading Brain

Many cognitive and language skills are needed to develop language and reading skills. Some examples:
Cognitive skills: Memory, Attention, Rapid Auditory Processing, Sequencing, Categorisation, Articulation
Language skills: Phonemic Awareness, Grammar, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension


2) How a Baby Learns Language
Babies are sophisticated language learners. Babies develop language by tuning in to (in order):
  1. Rhythm and intonation of speech
  2. Intent of communication – social aspect of speech
  3. Meaning of words
3) Strategies to boost auditory, language and reading development:
  1. Importance of early and intentional parental interactions
  2. Learn a second language
  3. Be trained in music
  4. Develop a reading habit
  5. Explicit grammar instruction
  6. Train rapid auditory processing

Ms Cheryl Chia

With more than 20 years’ experience in brain fitness training, Cheryl is an accomplished physiotherapist, who is also the founder of BrainFit, an entity that specialises in scientific brain fitness training. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Hospital and was also the overall coordinator for paediatric neurology physiotherapy there. She has lectured in Nanyang Polytechnic and is a much sought-after speaker, including at events organised by MediaCorp-SMART Parents, the Child Guidance Clinic and schools. She is a frequent invited guest on Parenting Made Easy Radio 93.8, where she shares her expertise on brain fitness to help parents raise smarter and more resilient children. Cheryl is also an author and a mother to two young girls.