The Effects Of Language Development On The Speed And Efficiency Of Thought During The Pre Operational Stage

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Additionally pretend play presents opportunities to practice and consolidate new found symbolic representational skills such as gestures, signs and spoken words. Early speech often starts from self-directed monologues and progresses around the age of three to become more socially orientated and increasingly interactive moving from independent speech to shared content (Hamo & Blum-Kulka 2007; M. Hoffnung et al., 2016). Literature highlights the importance of language development for its role in significantly enhancing the speed and efficiency of thought during the pre-operational stage (M. Hoffnung et al., 2016). Further opportunities to engage in communication with others is shown to allow for better understanding of social roles, and opportunities to re-think and make sense of past experiences (Youngblade & Dunn, 1995). Magical thinking allows freedom to create elaborate plots and characters, this not only culminates in the understanding of realistic thought and activity but sees a development from pre-operational egocentric thought (focused on the child’s point of view only) to a stage where children begin to regulate and a decline in egocentrism is seen. Youngblade and Dunn (1995) research of 50 young children aged 33 months whilst playing at home showed that engaging in pretend play contributes to young children developing thought and consideration of other people’s feelings supporting a relationship between magical thinking and children’s mastery of understanding…

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