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How Fast You Talk is Important

One of the reasons young children love Mr. Rogers is his slower rate of speech. The central auditory system of preschoolers can process spoken speech at 120-124 words per minute. Mr. Rogers, spoke at a rate of 124 words per minute. Although an adult’s rate of speech varies by context, in general that rate is 150 -200 words per minute. (Average Speaking Rate and Words per Minute). So, when you open a children’s book, slow it down to improve your child’s comprehension.

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