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Make Time for Reading

July 31st, 2012
Week 14 Speech Development Tip:  Spend time each day reading to your child.  Choose books with few words and big, colorful pictures.  It's not necessary to read all the words in your story.  You can also spend time talking about the pictures or labeling objects in the pictures.

Life is busy!  As a mother of three, I get that.  Just yesterday, I was trying to get the house straightened and wasn ...

When the Wrong Way Sounds So Cute!

June 6th, 2012
Week 13 Speech Development Tip:  Avoid repeating a word incorrectly because it sounds cute.  You don't want to encourage incorrect pronunciation.  If you have a nick name for an object that is different.  For example, calling a favorite blanket a "blankie" is fine, but calling it a "bankie" is not.

Our children grow up so fast, don't they?  I remember when my children were babies and life seem ...

Delayed Response: Can't I just give him what he wants?

May 24th, 2012
Week 12 Speech Development Tip:  If your child points or grunts for something, don't respond immediately.  You may try asking, "Do you want ____ or _____?" (give a couple of options).  If your child can not say what (s)he wants, model the correct response, by saying,  "Say, 'want juice'" or "Say, 'juice please.'"

As parents, we want what's best for our children.  We hate to see our children st ...

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

August 19th, 2011
Week 11 Speech Development Tip:  Involve the whole family and even friends when you are working to improve your toddler's speech.  If your child has other siblings, you can do the activities with them as well.  Share your child's speech activities and speech tips with others who are in contact with your child on a regular basis.

Recently I got an email from a parent who's child was not talking ...

A Treasure Hunt in the Dark!

August 25th, 2010
THE FLASHLIGHT GAME

If you and your child are adventurous or like to explore,  this may be the game for you.  Why not have fun while your working on expanding your child’s vocabulary or developing speech?  You can be as creative as you want with this.  It’s basically a treasure hunt in the dark!

Here’s how you play:
  • Collect objects or pictures of items that begin with the sound tha ...

See and Say

August 21st, 2010
Week 10 Speech Development Tip:  Name things in your child’s environment.  Name objects (“puppy,” “bike”), use action words, (“go,” “kick”), and use descriptive words (“big,” ”funny”).

The purpose of this speech development tip is to immerse your child in language.  Naming objects is a good way to introduce and expand your child’s vocabulary.  Your child may not be able to imitate what you ...

Do What they Do!

August 16th, 2010
Week 9 Speech Development Tip: Imitate your childʼs actions, vocalizations, or words.

Make a game out of it.  Imitate your childʼs actions and encourage your child to imitate your actions or vocalizations. Describe the actions while you do it. For example, “Amber claps, now Mommy claps!”


This may be a fun game for you and your toddler, but what is the goal? 

Here are a few reasons why th ...

Sing, Sing a Song!

August 2nd, 2010
Speech Development Tip 8:  Sing songs with your child.  Make up simple actions for your child to imitate.  This is a fun, non-threatening way to encourage speech. If your child is not using words yet, you can also sing sounds to a simple tune.

Why does singing songs help your toddler talk?*
Singing songs is like learning through play.  It takes the pressure off of structured learning.  

Th ...

Am I Being too Wordy?

July 28th, 2010
Speech Development Tip 7:  Use simple commands.  Too many steps or words can overwhelm your child.  For example, “Jesse, you need to go to the closet and get your shoes on before we can go to the park,” is too wordy.  “Jesse, shoes on,” is less overwhelming.

Do you remember the famous line in the Charlie Brown episodes?  Anytime an adult talks to the characters in the show, they hear ...

Give Them a Chance to Communicate

July 14th, 2010
Speech Development Tip 6: Donʼt anticipate your
childʼs needs or wants too quickly. Allow your child the
chance to communicate needs and wants. For example,
place a favorite toy in sight, but slightly out of reach. Wait for
your child to gesture or speak before getting the toy.

As mothers we take pride in predicting our child's needs.  We can decipher our child's cries...knowing what is ...
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