WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers say parents should do more than just talk to their toddlers -- they should gesture, too.
Studies find that pointing, waving bye-bye and other moves seem to boost a budding vocabulary.
Scientists found that tots who could convey more meaning with gestures at age 14 months went on to have a richer vocabulary as they prepared to start kindergarten.
The University of Chicago researchers also say they found a difference between families who were poor or middle class, with the higher-income parents gesturing more.
The study is reported in the journal Science.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.