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Why do siblings have different language skills?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Firstborn children are more advanced in vocabulary and grammatical development, a difference that appears to correlate with the fact that mothers tend to speak more to their first children. On the other hand, conversational skills are more developed in subsequent children -- a finding perhaps related to the greater practice of conversation in larger households with multiple opportunities to interact.
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