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January 26, 2015 at 5:00 AM

The growth of language/social skills may start with parents’ gaze

Somewhere around 10 months of age, babies begin watching their parents’ eyes, following the direction of their gaze so that they can look at the same things.

It goes like this: Baby looks into mother’s eyes, mother looks at the kitty cat, so baby follows her gaze until they’re both looking at the kitty cat together.

That’s long been considered an essential skill for later social and intellectual development — and it’s one of the things doctors check for when diagnosing autism. But it has been unclear how the ability is linked to everything else unfolding in a young child’s brain.

Now researchers at the University of Washington are beginning to connect the dots between gaze-following at 10 months of age and skills that emerge later such as language and the ability to see the world from someone else’s perspective.

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January 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM

On the agenda: Free early learning event, school funding forum

Two upcoming events:

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, Tom Ahearne, attorney for the consortium that filed the landmark McCleary school-funding case will speak at a meeting sponsored by the Seattle Council  Parent, Teacher and Student Associations, the League of Women Voters and the Seattle Education Association. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Public School headquarters, 2445 Third Ave. S., Seattle.

Along with Ahearne, the event will also feature speakers who will talk about options for new revenue for schools, and the Council will talk about how its members can advocate for more education funding.

The event is free, but seating is limited.  RSVP at: https://paramountduty2015.eventbrite.com

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, nearly 300 King County  elected officials, educators and representatives of  agencies, organizations, businesses, and parent advocacy and faith-based groups will meet to talk about how they can work together to make early learning a county-wide priority.

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