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May 3, 2010

Word Learning From Baby Videos

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of California, Riverside.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(5):432-437. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.24

Objective  To examine whether children between 12 and 25 months of age learn words from an infant-directed DVD designed for that purpose.

Design  Half of the children received a DVD to watch in their home over the course of 6 weeks.

Setting  All participants returned to a laboratory for testing on vocabulary acquisition every 2 weeks.

Participants  Ninety-six 12- to 24-month-old children.

Main Exposure  Baby videos.

Main Outcome Measures  Parent report and observational measures of vocabulary acquisition related to words highlighted in the DVD; parent report of general language development; and parent report of children's media use.

Results  The age at first viewing of baby DVDs was related to children's general language development. There was no evidence of learning words highlighted in the infant-directed DVD independent of parental intervention.

Conclusions  Researchers should continue to examine whether infant-directed media are effective in teaching infants and toddlers content and consider the cognitive factors related to whether very young viewers should be expected to learn from a DVD.Published online March 1, 2010 (doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.24).