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A Treasure Hunt in the Dark!

August 25th, 2010

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.  

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