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Thirty Million Words

Building a Child's Brain
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important - and astoundingly simple - thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to to talk to them.

What nurtures the brain to optimum intelligence and stability?

It is a secret hiding in plain sight: The most important thing we can do for our children is to have conversations with them. The way you talk with your growing child literally builds his or her brain. Parent talk can drastically improve school readiness and lifelong learning in everything from math to art. Indeed, parent-child talk is a fundamental, critical factor in building grit, self-control, leadership skills, and generosity. It is crucial to making the most in life of the luck you have with your genes.

This landmark account of a new scientific perspective describes what works and what doesn't (baby talk is fine; relentless correction isn't). Discover how to create the best "language environments" for children by following the simple structure of the Three Ts: Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns. Dr. Suskind and her colleagues around the country have worked with thousands of families; now their insights and successful, measured approaches are available to all.

This is the first book to reveal how and why the first step in nurturing successful lives is talking to children in ways that build their brains. Your family - and our nation - need to know.

Nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award

©2015 Dana Suskind (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[Suskind has] written a book that gives parents the tools they need to maximize their children’s potential, one word at a time.” (Pregnancy and Newborn)

“Parents, other caregivers, and early childhood educators will be moved and inspired by this work.” (Library Journal, starred review)

“Suskind's vision is empowering, her methods are surprisingly simple to execute, and the results have been proven to nurture children toward becoming stable, empathetic adults. Informative, exciting new data that confirms the significant benefits gained by talking to your child.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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I wish I would read this book before!

Dana is amazing doctor and person. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone.

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Starts Interesting, gets Repetitive, Then Preachy

Would you try another book from Dana Suskind and/or Kathleen McInerney?

Maybe, but I'd read more reviews before I tried

If you’ve listened to books by Dana Suskind before, how does this one compare?

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Have you listened to any of Kathleen McInerney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Do you think Thirty Million Words needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no, it covered the subject well, then got too repetitive

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I bought this book to learn more about what I could be doing to help my children grow mentally, and there are some good thoughts. Good thing I'd been doing some of the 'right' things, as they are older than three now, but I can still apply the lessons. This book definitely started out interesting and I definitely learned a few things.

About half way through it starts to get a little repetitive, then gets preachy with the 'call to action' stuff... I could have stopped about 2/3 of the way through and gotten all I needed out of it. But I'm glad I finished it.

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Good but too long for content

Perhaps I got irritated with the reader, or maybe not... The parts are beneficial and offered helpful info but the latter speaks of macro applications and society wide changes that are not useful for parent readers -- noble, but not very helpful.
A good book to go through nonetheless, although several solid journal article would have covered the same content, but still a good use of audible credit.

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Great start - finished poorly

The basis of this book is wonderful! The 3 Ts are great!! The basic info is great.

Then last 2 hours turned into a socialist manifesto. Would have loved it if u just stuck to the facts. Government doesn't belong in my home or as a part of my education. Let me incorporate this in my own please and thank you.

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Every Parent Should Read this book!!

Dr. Dana Suskind, a cochlear implant surgeon wonders why some of her patients receiving the same surgeries successfully develop language and others do not. As she studies this problem,she delves into social science research and language acquisition determining that caregiver’s abilities to facilitate a language rich environment is the key to successful surgical outcomes. Dr. Suskind subsequently develops the “Thirty Million Words” (TMW) platform to promote the concepts of “Tune In, Take Time, & Talk More, to babies and young children to foster rich language acquisition and brain development. TMW is a national movement with federal funding to help caregivers nurture and foster strong brain development and future cognitive and social success! Such a simple but profound message! Put down your phone (read this book) and talk to a child!!

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A Must Read for All Parents

My new Baby Sower Gift go to for all new Moms. Every parent needs to know the 3Ts and how their child's brain works. Just imagine what this world could be if every parent, caregiver, teacher, Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent read this book. Take the 9 months of pregnancy to read this book. Other than the gift of life, the next best thing you can give your child is what you have learned by reading and applying the information in this book.