Research by Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington, emphasizes that the most productive period for language acquisition ends around age seven, after which ease of learning sharply declines. Kuhl’s research has played a key role in demonstrating the importance of early exposure to language. Implications of her work are especially meaningful for children with developmental delays and those in the field of Early Intervention.
Are six-month old babies sophisticated enough to understand their world? Check out this short video and decide for yourself: Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of Babies.