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The Long-Term Effects Of Helping Your Child To Read From An Early Age

Better than average reading skills as a child has been linked to young adults having higher intelligence

Intelligence in late adolescents can be increased if children have better than average reading skills from the age of seven, according to new research conducted by the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London.

The team carried out a series of intellectual and reading tests on nearly 2000 pairs of identical twins at the ages of seven, nine, 10, 12 and 16.

Using a statistical model, the researchers highlighted early differences in reading ability between twins that were linked to later variations in their intelligence.

These later differences affected a range of skills, including verbal intelligence and reasoning.

Head researcher Dr Stuart Ritchie, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, says, ‘Since reading is an ability that can be improved, our findings have implications for reading instruction.

‘Early remediation of reading problems might aid not only the growth of literacy, but also more general cognitive abilities that are of critical importance across a person’s lifetime.’

Even more reason now to pick up a book before bedtime! How about trying one of these classic children’s stories?

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