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Early language skills = less pre-school tantrums?

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  • Researchers observe 120 children ages 18 months to 4 years
  • They measure their ability to deal with frustrating situations
  • 'Better language skills may help children verbalize rather than use emotions,' author says
Early language skills = less pre-school tantrums?

A new study published in the journal Child Development says a toddler is less likely to throw a temper tantrum before beginning pre-school if they are more proficient in their language skills by that time.

As reported by HealthDay News, researchers from Pennsylvania State University measured 120 children ages 18 months to 4 years on their ability to deal with frustrating situations.

In short, researchers say that children who were noted to have had better language skills as toddlers showed less anger at age 4 than other children whose language skills weren't as good when they were younger.

As the site notes that in a journal news release, study author Pamela Cole, a professor of psychology and human development and family studies, said, "Better language skills may help children verbalize rather than use emotions to convey needs and use their imaginations to occupy themselves while enduring a frustrating wait.”

For more details on the study, click here.

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