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Jennifer McConnell-Nzunga, Katie A. Weatherson, Louise Masse, Valerie Carson, Guy Faulkner, Erica Lau, Heather McKay, Viviene Temple, Luke Wolfenden and Patti J. Naylor

Physical activity (PA) is critical to early childhood development, as it is associated with motor skill acquisition, psychosocial, cognitive and language development, and physical health. 1 Many Canadian children are not active enough to achieve these health benefits, as national surveys from 2009

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Tamara May, Nicole Rinehart, Lisa Barnett, Trina Hinkley, Jane McGillivray, Helen Skouteris, Delwyne Stephens and Debra Goldfinch

( Flippin & Crais, 2011 ), with this also noted by parents in the present study. Evidence suggests that responsive fathering strongly predicts better developmental outcomes for all children, such as improved emotional regulation and cognitive and language development ( Cabrera, Shannon, & Tamis

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this talk, I will present findings from two lines of research designed to illustrate ways in which advances in motor skills provide foundational opportunities and experiences that benefit communicative and language development. The first demonstrates how movement organizes experiences relevant for

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Sofiya Alhassan, Christine W. St. Laurent and Sarah Burkart

• SCT and ecological model • Pre- and postintervention • BMI • PA (SOFIT—sample of 131 participants), gross motor skills (Brigance Diagnostic Inventory of Early Development–II), language development (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test–III) • Compared with the CON group, the INT group had significant

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Jill Whitall, Farid Bardid, Nancy Getchell, Melissa M. Pangelinan, Leah E. Robinson, Nadja Schott and Jane E. Clark

. As Viholainen et al. ( 2006 ) found in their study of early motor development, reading, and language, those infants at risk for dyslexia demonstrated a relationship between their slow motor development as infants and their later reading speed and language development. This relationship between motor

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David I. Anderson

) discovered a link between the onset of walking and early language development. Infants who were capable of walking had significantly higher productive and receptive vocabularies than same-age infants who were not yet walking. These findings were replicated and then extended with a sample of Mandarin

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Gina M. Besenyi, Emi B. Hayashi and Richard W. Christiana

): 24325 . 25062944 10.3402/meo.v19.24325 72. Geiger J . The unsteady march . Perspect Biol Med . 2005 ; 48 ( 1 ): 1 – 9 . PubMed ID: 15681874 10.1353/pbm.2005.0009 15681874 73. Mendelsohn AL , Mogilner LN , Dreyer BP , et al . The impact of a clinic-based literacy intervention on language

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Karl M. Newell

-018-0892-6 Iverson , J.M . ( 2010 ). Developing language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development . Journal of Child Language, 37 ( 2 ), 229 – 261 . PubMed ID: 20096145 doi:10.1017/S0305000909990432 10.1017/S0305000909990432 Kelso , J.A.S. ( 1985 , December