3. TITZER, R. (1995). Pilot study to determine if other infants could learn to recognize written words from a video and to determine an optimal pace for the video. Unpublished pilot study.
Eleven parents were given one VHS Your Baby Can Read pilot video and detailed instructions. The infants’ ages varied from 8 to 12 months at the beginning of the study. The pace of the video varied from relatively slow to relatively fast. According to the parents’ reports, the fast-paced parts of the video held the infants’ attention better than the slow-paced parts.
The parent instructions appeared to be too complicated. In order to follow the instructions, parents had to rewind the VHS video to a particular point on the video and stop the video at a different point. The starting and ending points changed as the babies were supposed to have new words on the video introduced weekly. Most of the parents did not follow the instructions. All four parents who followed the instructions reported that their babies could “act out” at least one word when they saw, but did not hear, the words within three months.