SOURCE: Your Baby Can Read, LLC

March 10, 2008 17:56 ET

Fresh From Today's Headlines, Babies Can Read

Dr. Robert C. Titzer Verifies Babies Also Benefit From Learning Oral and Written Language Earlier Than Age 4

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - As seen on "The Today Show," a 17-month-old baby was shown reading words and sentences. The parents were puzzled about how the baby could learn to read. For over a decade, Dr. Robert C. Titzer has been teaching babies and toddlers all over the world to read. He started teaching his own daughter, Aleka, to read at 3 months of age. By nine months of age, she could read more than 30 words. By the age of four, she had the phonetic ability of the average 12th grader. Since that time, many thousands of babies have learned to read at the same time they learn to talk.

Dr. Titzer says the current practice of starting to teach reading skills in school is too late and children benefit greatly from getting a much earlier start. "Each child has only one natural window for learning language -- from about birth to about age four. During this period it is easier for them to learn any type of language including spoken, receptive, foreign and written language. The earlier the child is taught to read the better they will read and the more likely they will enjoy it. My own children's lives have been dramatically enriched as a result of their early literacy." To see footage of Aleka and others reading, go to www.yourbabycanread.com.

Dr. John W. Oller, Jr., co-author of "Milestones: Normal Speech and Language Across the Lifespan" and a distinguished professor at the University of Louisiana, concurs. "The main thing to note about Dr. Titzer's work is that it demonstrates that infants can learn to read before they can talk and well before 17 months. It refutes the long-standing nonsense that reading is merely converting print to speech. That theory cannot explain the reading comprehension of Aleka Titzer at only 9 months. This was before she could talk."

Studies prove that the earlier a child learns to read, the better they perform in school and later in life. Early readers have more self-esteem and are more likely to stay in school. Meanwhile, a national panel of reading specialists and educators determined that most of the nation's reading problems could be eliminated if children began reading earlier.

To see video footage of babies reading, go to www.yourbabycanread.com.

DOCTOR ROBERT C. TITZER BIO

Dr. Robert C. Titzer is a prestigious infant researcher, professor and teacher. He taught his own children to read as babies using a fun multi-sensory approach he developed. Dr. Titzer is an expert in the area of infant learning with work published in scientific journals such as Psychological Review. He has spoken with U.S. Senators and leading U.S. Department of Education officials on the importance of early learning. Titzer has given talks to thousands of parents and educators around the country. He has appeared on numerous television broadcasts. Last week, he was a guest on the United Kingdom's number one rated talk show, "The Richard and Judy Show." He has appeared on Sky News, Australia's popular "9 am with David and Kim," "Good Morning America," MSNBC, CNN, Headline News, "CBS Early Show," "Ireland AM," "ABC World News Now," Knowledge TV, "Real TV," "Parenting Principle," and The Learning Channel. Titzer regularly does free Early Learning Workshops around the world for parents of infants and toddlers.

NOTE TO MEDIA: March is National Reading Month

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