Reading can boost a child’s IQ by more than 6 points

After looking at eight different studies of childhood development, researchers recently concluded that “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points,” MediaBistro reports. The findings were revealed in Perspectives on Psychological Science this month, in an article entitled “How to Make a Young Child Smarter: Evidence From the Database of Raising Intelligence.” A team of researchers examined studies about childhood intelligence, pulling out recommendations for “interactive” reading with kids. The journal article described the best reading practices: “experimenters provided parents both with books and with a training program for effective reading with their children— teaching them how to ask open-ended questions, encourage their children to read, shadow their children’s interests, and so on … In each of these interventions, children and their parents engage with storybook reading in an interactive way…

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