Not sure if your child needs Early Intervention speech therapy? Or maybe you are pretty sure he does, but are not sure exactly how to get therapy started. And what are the steps that it takes before therapy starts? Don't worry - here's a quick overview of what to expect!
Whether you are hoping for that precious first word from your baby or you are wondering how to encourage your late talker, the following ideas are designed to be high-interest, 5-minute activities to sprinkle throughout your week!
When your baby is tiny, you get in the habit of doing everything for him – as you should! But if you hang on to some of the habits you started from birth, you might be doing your budding toddler a disservice.
This post is inspired by the newfound “independence” of my toddler. (A.K.A saying, “No No No!” about everything). Once we get back home from our Christmas holiday traveling, I've decided to try using a toddler visual schedule. (It can be used for older kids too!) Want to try using a schedule along with us? Download a free visual schedule below with interchangeable icons. Let’s try this out together!
You might be hoping that your little one will start talking any day now. Or maybe your have an infant (6-12 months) and are looking for some ways to build that foundation for talking. Here’s a question for you:
When it comes to increasing your child's language development, the best types of toys are those that lend themselves to interactive play. It's really the communication that happens while playing with the toy that is so important. These are all toys that I've used for speech-language therapy or with my own child. Hope you enjoy this list! If you have more suggestions for readers, please put them in the comments section below!
Do you have a child who has a few words mastered BUT he will only say them every once in a while? Do you hear a lot of whining? He might need more motivation along with extra opportunities throughout the day. Here are some tips and tricks to get your toddler talking:
Before your toddler is even talking, he is a sponge – absorbing everything you say! That’s why it’s important HOW YOU talk to your toddler in order to help him learn to talk. This is especially true if your child is a late talker, has special needs, or is in speech therapy. Three things that I do with my clients in speech therapy and with my own toddler are called Parallel Talk, Self-Talk and Expansion. Below I’ll go over each of these ideas – they are really simple to incorporate into your day! And keep reading to learn more about how to determine what level to talk to…