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11.10.2022 - How the Mother’s Mood Influences Her Baby’s Ability to Speak 

How the Mother’s Mood Influences Her Baby’s Ability to Speak

Below we share with you an exciting recent study by the Max Planck Institute on early childhood development and how much it can be influenced by the emotional state of the mother immediately after birth:

Summary: Children of mothers who experience more negative moods as a result of postpartum depression during the first two months of their child’s life have less mature processing of speech sounds at the age of six months.

Source: Max-Planck-Institut

Up to 70 percent of mothers develop postnatal depressive mood, also known as baby blues, after their baby is born. Analyses show that this can also affect the development of the children themselves and their speech. Until now, however, it was unclear exactly how this impairment manifests itself in early language development in infants.

In a study, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have now investigated how well babies can distinguish speech sounds from one another depending on their mother’s mood.

This ability is considered an important prerequisite for the further steps towards a well-developed language. If sounds can be distinguished from one another, individual words can also be distinguished from one another.

It became clear that if mothers indicate a more negative mood two months after birth, their children show on average a less mature processing of speech sounds at the age of six months. The infants found it particularly difficult to distinguish between syllable-pitches.

Specifically, they showed that the development of their so-called Mismatch Response was delayed than in those whose mothers were in a more positive mood. This Mismatch Response in turn serves as a measure of how well someone can separate sounds from one another.

If this development towards a pronounced mismatch reaction is delayed, this is considered an indication of an increased risk of suffering from a speech disorder later in life.

“We suspect that the affected mothers use less infant-directed-speech,” explains Gesa Schaadt, postdoc at MPI CBS, professor of development in childhood and adolescence at FU Berlin and first author of the study, which has now appeared in the journal JAMA Network Open.

“They probably use less pitch variation when directing speech to their infants.” This also leads to a more limited perception of different pitches in the children, she said. This perception, in turn, is considered a prerequisite for further language development.

The results show how important it is that parents use infant-directed speech for the further language development of their children. Infant-directed speech that varies greatly in pitch, emphasizes certain parts of words more clearly – and thus focuses the little ones’ attention on what is being said – is considered appropriate for children. Mothers, in turn, who suffer from depressive mood, often use more monotonous, less infant-directed speech.

 

“To ensure the proper development of young children, appropriate support is also needed for mothers who suffer from mild upsets that often do not yet require treatment,” Schaadt says. That doesn’t necessarily have to be organized intervention measures. “Sometimes it just takes the fathers to be more involved.”

Notes: The researchers investigated these relationships with the help of 46 mothers who reported different moods after giving birth. Their moods were measured using a standardized questionnaire typically used to diagnose postnatal upset. They also used electroencephalography (EEG), which helps to measure how well babies can distinguish speech sounds from one another.

The so-called Mismatch Response is used for this purpose, in which a specific EEG signal shows how well the brain processes and distinguishes between different speech sounds.

The researchers recorded this reaction in the babies at the ages of two and six months while they were presented with various syllables such as “ba,” “ga” and “bu”.


About this language development research news

  • Author: : Verena Müller

  • Source: Max-Planck-Institut

  • Contact: Verena Müller - Max-Planck-Institut  

  • “Association of Postpartum Maternal Mood With Infant Speech Perception at 2 and 6.5 Months of Age” by Gesa Schaadt et al. JAMA Network Open

Abstract

Association of Postpartum Maternal Mood With Infant Speech Perception at 2 and 6.5 Months of Age

Importance  

Language development builds on speech perception, with early disruptions increasing the risk for later language difficulties. Although a major postpartum depressive episode is associated with language development, this association has not been investigated among infants of mothers experiencing a depressed mood at subclinical levels after birth, even though such a mood is frequently present in the first weeks after birth. Understanding whether subclinical depressed maternal mood after birth is associated with early language development is important given opportunities of coping strategies for subclinical depressed mood.

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To examine whether depressed maternal mood at subclinical levels 2 months after birth is associated with infant speech perception trajectories from ages 2 to 6.5 months

Design, Setting, and Participants  

In this longitudinal cohort study conducted between January 1, 2018, and October 31, 2019, 46 healthy, monolingual German mother-infant dyads were tested. The sample was recruited from the infants database of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Initial statistical analysis was performed between January 1 and March 31, 2021; the moderation analysis (results reported herein) was conducted between July 1 and July 31, 2022.

Exposures  

Mothers reported postpartum mood via the German version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (higher scores indicated higher levels of depressed mood, with a cutoff of 13 points indicating a high probability of clinical depression) when their infants were 2 months old.

Main Outcomes and Measures  

Electrophysiological correlates of infant speech perception (mismatch response to speech stimuli) were tested when the infants were aged 2 months (initial assessment) and 6.5 months (follow-up).

Results

A total of 46 mothers (mean [SD] age, 32.1 [3.8] years) and their 2-month-old children (mean [SD] age, 9.6 [1.2] weeks; 23 girls and 23 boys) participated at the initial assessment, and 36 mothers (mean [SD] age, 32.2 [4.1] years) and their then 6.5-month-old children (mean [SD] age, 28.4 [1.5 weeks; 18 girls and 18 boys) participated at follow-up. Moderation analyses revealed that more depressed maternal subclinical postpartum mood (mean [SD] Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale score, 4.8 [3.6]) was associated with weaker longitudinal changes of infants’ electrophysiological brain responses to syllable pitch speech information from ages 2 to 6.5 months (coefficient: 0.68; 95% CI, 0.03-1.33; P = .04).

Conclusions and Relevance   

The results of this cohort study suggest that infant speech perception trajectories are correlated with subclinical depressed mood in postpartum mothers. This finding lays the groundwork for future research on early support for caregivers experiencing depressed mood to have a positive association with children’s language development.


We found the original text on 11.10.2022 under

https://neurosciencenews.com/mother-mood-child-language-21591/

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Education as a leading German resource increasingly in short supply

Berlin (dpa) - Primary school children in Germany are increasingly having math and German problems and have fallen significantly behind in their competencies in a ten-year comparison. This is shown by a study presented on Friday by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK), which examines the status of fourth-graders in a representative manner at five-year intervals. Closed schools in the Corona pandemic are partly responsible, according to the KMK. However, experts also see other reasons.

Around 27,000 fourth graders were tested at almost 1,500 schools across Germany between April and August 2021 - in the areas of reading, listening, spelling and mathematics. Compared to the last survey in 2016, the declines in competency corresponded to about a third of a school year in reading, and a quarter in spelling and math, according to the study. Compared with 2011, the gaps are even around half a school year.


Education as a leading German resource increasingly in short supply

Everywhere, the results have deteriorated. It is particularly striking in spelling: less than half of the fourth graders (44 percent) achieved the "regular standard" here, i.e., what is expected on average of students at this age, and almost a third (30 percent) failed to meet the "minimum standard" - meaning that almost one in three elementary school students in the fourth grade makes so many spelling mistakes that they do not meet the defined minimum requirements. In reading, listening and math, about one in five did not reach the minimum standards.

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You can find the complete article of the Süddeutsche Zeitung here: (available just in German)

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/dpa/dpa-dpa.urn-newsml-dpa-com-20090101-220701-99-877613

A similar report was published in the Tagesschau. You can find this article from Tagesschau.de here: 

https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/lesen-rechnen-grundschueler-lernen-101.html

New directions in comparative hearing instrument fitting

New ways in comparative hearing instrument fitting

AUDECOM offers a remedy here, with which you can change the comparative hearing system fitting in a simple, objectively oriented way and thus make your work more effective and smoother
 

The intelligent hearing aid comparison with AUDECOM has new features in version 1.0.37.

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Online-Seminar with Dr. René Mayer-Pelinski (Dipl.-Psych.)  

Dear friends of MediTECH,

In a 1-hour online seminar, Dr. René Mayer-Pelinski from the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden would like to explain the theoretical and practical applications and background of the SCP sensor in more detail. 

This online seminar is about the Slow Cortical Potentials as a special neurofeedback training. During SCP training, participants learn to switch between an activated/aware state and a deactivated/relaxed state by modulating their SCPs in the direction of more negative or positive amplitudes. Appropriate SCP neurofeedback protocols are used in everyday clinical practice as well as at peak power levels. This webinar provides a practical insight. 

After a short and compact introduction to the background and application areas of SCP neurofeedback in everyday therapeutic practice, you will experience in this online seminar how an SCP neurofeedback session with the Infiniti system is prepared, instructed and conducted. You will get to know and appreciate SCP Neurofeedback as a wonderful addition to your existing biofeedback and neurofeedback instruments. SCP is not only successfully used for patients with attention and concentration problems; SCP neurofeedback can also effectively support you and your patients in the treatment of epilepsy or tinnitus. You can look forward to the contents of this free training course! 

·          your speaker

René Mayer-Pelinski., Dr.rer.nat., Dipl.-Psych.,

• is a licensed psychotherapist in patient care  

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   including biofeedback, neurofeedback and psychotherapeutic approaches                                

•  daist works in clinical research, speaker and reviewer

•  in addition, in outpatient and inpatient acute psychiatric care, where he treats people with various disorders and problems (including suicidal tendencies, emotional instability)    

                         

                         

•  obtained his diploma in psychology at the TU-Greifswald:          

   Main focus was clinical and biological psychology (EEG/ EKP)  

• In particular he dealt with the collection and evaluation of  

   Biosignals (EEG, EMG, EDA and later Eye-Movements)     

•  PhD at the TU-Dresden          

-  deepened there further in clinical psychology  

           -  completed a behavioral therapy training (DGVT-A, Dresden) 

Data and facts about the event

·         referent: Herr Dr. René Mayer-Pelinski

·         date: 06.10.2020

·          Schedule: 19 h to 20 h 

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Even in times of Corona new partnerships can be established. MediTECH has gained a new committed partner in Hong Kong namely Bioland Technology Corporation. The professional communication and product presentation is off to a promising start: MediBalance is now also presented and introduced in Chinese.

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The compact course on the Warnke-Method in Vienna, which was planned for March, was postponed. A catch-up course is planned for 24 - 28 August in Leoben near Graz (Styria in Austria). Are you interested in the training course as a trainer for leaning enhancement? Then don't miss this event, where you will learn the contents of three two-day courses in five days, compressed and free of repetitions ... and that in the beautiful region of Styria. .

After one of the fundamental books by Fred Warnke "The Pulse of the brain" was temporarily out of stock, it is now available again. It describes the basics and requirements of good central hearing on the one hand in connection with reading and spelling skills on the other. 

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We are in business vacation in the periode of the 21st December 2019 til the 5th January 2020.

During this time you can send us messages by fax, e-mail or answering machine text, which we will be happy to process immediately from 6 January 2020.

From 6 January 2020 we will be personally available for you again and look forward to many contacts and a lively exchange.

Fitness for hearing and brain: The Hörfitness®-App    

With Hörfitness®, the hearing care professionals network oton & friends and the technology company MediTECH have developed a holistic, app-based fitting concept based on the interlocking and expansion of two successful systems: The axone hearing therapy® and the hörFit® hearing training. For hearing care professionals, the concept offers new opportunities to position themselves in the competitive arena and to stand out positively in the interest of the customer.

 

One year after the launch of Hörfitness®, one thing is certain: the concept keeps its promises. "Although hearing loss due to aging cannot be completely avoided, its consequences on hearing comprehension in everyday life can be measurably influenced by Hörfitness® Training," explains Ralph Warnke, Managing Director of MediTECH Electronic GmbH.

With Hörfitness® oton & friends GmbH and MediTECH Electronic GmbH present a scientifically based fitting concept that sets new standards in hearing health and provides solutions for the main interference factor in hearing aid supply: The acceptance of hearing aids. Since many people do not go to the hearing care professional until very late in life, hearing perception in the brain is often already severely impaired. As a result, a hearing aid is initially perceived as unpleasant because noise cannot be successfully blocked out and the 'new' sounds can no longer be properly classified.

With the app, the customer can train his hearing with targeted exercises and has the chance to train his neural abilities in auditory perception. The app serves as a personal trainer and accompanies the user through the entire process. A 14-day hearing therapy to activate the hearing processing is followed by a one-year neural hearing training for hearing retention. In this way, it is possible to noticeably improve hearing within a very short time with the help of a hearing aid. The best thing about it: The app is available anywhere and anytime for hearing training on your own smartphone or tablet - whether at home, on vacation or on the road. With the Hörfitness® concept, the customer is also much more involved in the fitting process than before. This improves the acceptance of the hearing care, strengthens the customer relationship and promotes the success of the fitting.

Hörfitness® is deliberately aimed at all people who care about their hearing, regardless of age. Hörfitness® translates the scientific findings on the course of hearing loss and the gradual breakdown of brain cells responsible for understanding speech into an app solution that is easy to use and attractive for the client. This offers hearing care professionals new opportunities in addressing younger target groups as well as in the areas of exclusivity and local marketing. To position oneself more actively than the competition, to reach new target groups and to be able to offer customers a convincing and sustainable solution to promote their own hearing health - this is a major key to success in hearing acoustics today.

More information: https://www.hoerfitness.de/

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AUTRIS-2 - playfully creating linguistic competence

The acoustic strategic game is now also available for WINDOWS 10.  you can train certain auditory-motor skills in the areas of cognition and behavioural... and linguistic competence with the help of this game and without being aware of it.

During the playing process, the user has the task of bringing four auditory stimuli into a given spatial and temporal order. For this purpose, he receives four acoustic signals, e.g. one to four in a disordered sequence. By skilfully pressing the keys on the screen with the mouse, the user can restore the correct order. Depending on the user's age and training status, 50 different levels of difficulty can be selected. Training with AUTRIS-2 is therefore suitable for every user, especially for improving the most essential sub-functions of the central automation skills. 

In addition, the coordination between the two hemispheres of the brain is used for training, as stimuli perceived from different directions must be evaluated by the brain. Other skills that are trained "on the side" are for example: 

  • Attention

  • Differentiation and selection

  • Direction determination and pitch discrimination

  • Pattern recognition

 

  • Memorization

  • Fine motor skills through targeted pressure of the mouse buttons

  • Computer control

The program is delivered on a CD-ROM.

Original article NEUROSCIENCE NEWS 2019-01-29 
  

Abstract: Researchers discovered that babies are able to pick words from language starting at the age of three days using fNIRS. 

Source: University of Manchester. 

Newborn babies are born with the inbuilt skills to pick out words from language.  The international research team discovered two mechanisms in 3-day-old infants that give them the ability to pick out words in a sound stream. The discovery provides an important insight into a first step towards language learning. 

The study, published in the journal Developmental Science, is a collaboration between the researchers from SISSA in Italy, the Neurospin Centre in France, the University of Liverpool and the University of Manchester funded by the European Research Council. 

One of the mechanisms discovered by the team is the so-called prosody - the melody of language that allows us to recognize when a word begins and ends. Another mechanism, as they call it the statistics of language, which describes how we calculate the frequency with which sounds come together in a word. Dr. Alissa Ferry from the University of Manchester adds: "We think this study shows how sensitive newborns really are and how much information they absorb." "This is very important for new parents and gives them an insight into how their baby listens to them," says Dr. Alissa Ferry. "Language is incredibly complicated and this study is about understanding how babies try to make sense of it when they hear it for the first time." 

"We often think that language is made up of words, but words often blend together when we speak. So one of the first steps in learning language is to pick the words. "Our study shows that at the age of only 3 days, they are able to pick out individual words from the language without understanding what it means." And we have identified two important tools, which is almost certainly inbuilt and gives the  newborns ability to do this." 

By using a pain-free technique called near-infrared spectroscopy, which enlightens the function of the brain, they could measure how much was absorbed and which parts of the brain were active.HEG system offered by MediTECHBased on NIRS technology, this enables simple derivation of prefrontal brain activity, for example to record and train attentional performance.

 

The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has published information on funding and facilitating opportunities for people with disabilities in a series of brochures. Most of them are available on our partner portal.  .

On 1.1.2017 our new Network Partner Model has officially started. Use the countless opportunities and become a network partner.

Due to the positive response to the Partners and Friends Day in 2015, once again we are pleased to offer a similar event. You will be surprised - a series of interesting short presentations are waiting for you again. You will have the whole day to get to know the new equipments and methods in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. And even learn helpful tips and tricks about the equipment and ask all the questions you come across while working with the equipments. 

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MediBalance Pro distribution partner Zukor will distribute the professional sports balancing system in North and South America from 2016.

Düsseldorf, Germany: November 16, 2015 - MediTECH Electronic GmbH (Germany) and Zukor Interactive (USA) have agreed on a strategic cooperation for the distribution of MediTECH's MediBalance Pro "Sport-Edition" - a high-quality balance system for top athletes, high-end fitness trainers and other balance professionals.

The MediBalance Pro "Sports Edition" is a non-medical version of MediTECH's highly innovative balance platform. It includes a high-quality balance solution with computer-based testing, analysis and training software. The version is primarily aimed at all professionals with an interest in optimal balance such as athletes, pilots or expert snipers.

MediBalance Pro "Sports Edition" additionally integrates Zukor's high-end feedback games such as Zukor's Air, Zukor's Drive, Zukor's Sports 1, Zukor's Carnival and other solutions. Zukor's feedback games extend the application range of MediBalance Pro and increase the interest and motivation for balance training.

"Balance and coordination are crucial in many areas of life and work; MediBalance Pro offers solutions and meets the highly diverse needs of scientific users and even top athletes. We are delighted about the partnership and are convinced that Zukor will successfully establish the MediBalance Pro in America for the benefit of numerous users," says MediTECH Managing Director Ralph Warnke.

MediTECH's MediBalance Pro is the first third-party product that Zukor has decided to distribute. We have very high standards for the products we manufacture and distribute. "MediBalance Pro's innovative possibilities and the high reputation of the feature "Made in Germany" have convinced us. Being in balance is more than just a metaphor. For many professions such as top athletes, fighter pilots or snipers, optimal balance is crucial. MediBalance Pro, combined with Zukor feedback games, allows experts to analyze balance performances while improving them with the same easy-to-use system," explains Sam Turcotte, President and Technical Director of Zukor.

Zukor will start the active distribution of MediTECH's MediBalance Pro "Sports Edition" in January 2016. The system will be optimized for specific markets and applications, including solutions for highly professional fitness trainers, special forces and other top performers.

About MediTECH
MediTECH Electronic GmbH, founded in 1996, offers unique solutions to support learning, attention, perception and high performance training. MediTECH's users range from children with LRS and/or ADHD, adults with balance problems or tinnitus to top athletes and Olympic training centers. The long-established quality management system (ISO 9001 and ISO 13485) underlines the seriousness with which the company is committed to providing high quality solutions and support. The motto stands for MediTECH's vision: "We help people.

More information under www.meditech.de.

About Zukor Interactive
 Zukor Interactive develops innovative digital feedback games, interactive software and multimedia content. The company has high expertise in 3D modeling, animation, UI design, API integration and multi-platform programming. Zukor Interactive was founded in 2010 by Samuel Turcotte, who brings his extensive Silicon Valley experience in digital media and the film industry to the company to develop leading multimedia solutions for healthcare, research, military and other special markets and audiences. The company's vision is to help people and thereby "make the world a better place".

You can find more information about Zukor under www.zukorinteractive.com.

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On October 24, 2015, the first and certainly not last Partners and Friends Day took place at MediTECH.

Even though there was a common theme in the event with seven thirty-minute short lectures, each was held twice, the participants had enough time during the breaks to inform themselves at topic stations about devices and methods in general and their application and operation in particular and to try out the devices. Thus there were many aha-experiences and new insights into procedures. The special daily offers were well received.

A popular venue was also the cafeteria, offering a variety of delicacies, where every visitor could find something.

At the end of the event, many participants expressed the wish to repeat such a pleasant, informative and exciting event - this wish also reflects our plans. You will be surprised when there will be a new edition of a partners and friends day.

Odoo CMS - a big picture

In a congress follow-up on the EUHA 10/2015 by the authors of the Gaceta AUDIO (Spain) in the expenditure December 2015 MediTECH was presented with the hearing comparison system AUDECOM together with 14 further enterprises.

Odoo CMS - a big picture