Music and Play

-Tonya Bergeson-Dana investigates the role of play and music in early language experience and cognitive development in children with hearing impairment in an article originally published in ©BATOD Magazine • May 2017-   In their ground-breaking 1995 book Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children, Betty Hart and Todd Risley relayed findings from their longitudinal study on language acquisition suggesting that children from affluent environments might hear 30 million more words by [ . . . ]

Research to Real World: Preschool Prep… for Parents

“Research in developmental science shows us that children enrolled in preschool and kindergarten environments that provide opportunities for them to practice perspective- taking and controlling their own behavior and emotions in child-directed play-based programming show better academic skills several years later.” Learn how to prep for preschool   in Dr. Jessica’s  Research to the Real World  column in Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine! Read article here.

Research to the Real World: The link Between Play and Language

“After a few weeks, no matter how many times you bounce that mechanical dino or sing-along Elsa doll…your child just walks away and finds another piece of cardboard.” Read about the science behind play and language in Dr. Tonya’s Research to the Real World column in Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine! Read article here.

What is the purpose of kindergarten? Research to Real World: The value of learning through play

Learn what science says is the purpose of kindergarten in November’s issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine! Read the article here. This article appears in our November 2015 issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine. Pick up a copy today at your local Marsh store, YMCA, public library or community center.

Little Voices Choir

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Urban Chalkboard of Carmel, Ind. for Little Voices, a new music program for children with sensitivities. Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine featured this exciting class on their website. Read the online spotlight here!

Research to Real World: Predicting Early Literacy – Is there a crystal ball?

In this month’s Research To Real World  article in  Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine, Dr. Jessica‬ asks: “What if there was a test that could predict if a child is at risk for being a poor reader even before the child has any reading experience?”  Click here to read article! This article originally appeared in the September issue of Indy’s Child Magazine. Pick up a copy today at your local Marsh supermarket, library or other community [ . . . ]

Research to Real World: Entering Kindergarten: Getting kids up for the best possible start

Prepare your child for the big move from Preschool to Kindergarten with the advice from Dr. Tonya! Check out this Research to Real World article from the August  2015 Issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine! Click here to read article!   This article originally appeared in the August issue of Indy’s Child Magazine. Pick up a copy today at your local Marsh supermarket, library or other community organization!

Research to Real World: What good is an imaginary friend?

“Research in the past decade has provided an abundance of support for the benefit of imaginary companionship…” Find out more by reading Dr. Jessica’s Research to Real World article from the January 2015  Issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine!   Click here to read article!

Research to Real World: Play: Building blocks of development

Studies show that playing with blocks and shapes, guided play, and scaffolding from a parent or older learner while playing are the best ways for children to reach their greatest learning potential. Find out how by reading Dr. Tonya’s Research to Real World article from the February 2015 Issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine! Click here to read article!

Research to Real World: Infant Sleep Patterns and Learning

Did you know that even sound asleep, your baby is processing new information? Find out how by reading Dr. Jessica’s Research to Real World article from the July 2015 Issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine! Click here to read article!