The Power of Elaborative Reminiscing

March 6, 2024

A recent study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, shows that reminiscing about the past is an activity that elicits the use of high quality parental speech, which can support children’s language development. You can discuss the power of elaborative reminiscing with families and encourage them to use “wh” questions - who, what, where, when and why - when talking about the past with their children. Try modeling this for families in your next visit by asking questions like, 

“What did you do today before coming to the doctor’s office? Who were you with? Where did you go?”

“Can you tell me how old you are? Do you remember what you did for your last birthday? When was that?”

“Do you have a brother or sister? Can you tell me about a time when you and your sister did something really fun? Why was it fun?”

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