Bilingual kids may have a cognitive advantage – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. An NIH funded study in Toronto, Canada, shows children who are bilingual – speaking two languages – do better on a cognitive test compared to children who are monolingual, only speak one language.
McCardle: Basically bilingual and monolingual children follow the same milestones of language development.
Narrator: Dr. Peggy McCardle specializes in bilingualism at the NIH.
McCardle: Where they differ, researchers have pointed out both advantages and disadvantages.
Narrator: Researchers compared more than 100 six-year-olds and found that bilingual children were more cognitively flexible, meaning they better adapted when switching tasks. For details, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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