How To Speak To Toddlers

April 13, 2011 Updated Apr 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM EDT

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April 13, 2011 Updated Apr 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM EDT


(WKBW/ABC News) A new study finds that when speaking to toddlers, it's better to sprinkle the conversation with 'um'' and 'uh''.

Researchers say the use of these verbal crutches when speaking to 18-to-30 month old children may actually help them learn new words.

Turns out children of this age paid more attention to a new word if it was preceded by an "um" or an "uh".

According to the study, the verbal crutches served as a sign that a new word is coming.

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