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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 ...

Wanting to avoid Restaurant Chaos?

May 6th, 2010
Looking for new ways to entertain your kids at a restaurant?

My husband and I have 3 children.  They are almost 5, 6, and 7 years old now.  A couple of nights ago, we decided to go to On the Border.  It was a school night and our 6 year old had homework.  On the Border is pretty kid friendly, but I knew that we would have a bit of a  wait before our food came.  After we got home ther ...

Journaling Your Toddler's Journey to Talking

May 19th, 2009

Today I was sorting through things in the office, getting some packing done for our move.  I came across two old calendars.  The first calendar was milestones of my oldest son, Caleb's first year of life.  It was brief notes of his physical and speech development.  The second calendar was when my daughter, Emily was born.  When Emily was born, Jesse was almost 2 years old, and Caleb was nearl ...

Comparing your Toddler's Speech Development with Others: Good Idea or Bad?

May 12th, 2009

I remember a conversation with a mom who was frustrated because her son was taking way too long to potty train.  He was over three years old and understandably she said, "He should be trained by now!"  She was comparing her son to his peers.

It's very natural for us, as parents, to compare our children with their peers.  How beneficial is this though?  Although her son has not been formally ...

Working as a Team to Help Your Child Talk

February 10th, 2009

Today I wanted to work on counting with my three year old, Emily. When I got out Teddy Bears’ Counting Book, my five and six year old boys wanted to read with us. What often happens in situations like these, is the older ones take over and the younger one doesn’t have a chance to try. So, today I decided to try something new. Instead of telling my boys to find something else to do, I decid ...

Making Flash Cards Fun

January 28th, 2009

I have been helping my friend with her four-year old’s speech.  He is working on the /v/ sound.  I chose to use flashcards of “v” words, even though his mom said he had resisted using flashcards in the past.  So, I thought I’d write a blog post on how to make flashcards fun!

First, I want to say that flashcards aren’t the only way to improve speech.  I don’t use them with young toddlers an ...

Encourage Speech Development with a Sound Box

August 18th, 2008

Each week I have asked you to use what is called a sound box. A sound box is a small box or bag filled with toys or objects that all begin with the same letter. If you don't have an item you can also cut out pictures from a magazine and add them to the sound box. When you create your sound box,  try to include 7-10 items that start with the sound you are focusing on. Your box can be simple ( ...

Using sign language to encourage speech

July 17th, 2008

One way to encourage your toddler to talk is to introduce basic sign language. In my speech experience, I’ve learned that you can’t force a child to talk. You can, however, make a child sign by simply taking their hands in yours and signing a word.

So, if your child is gesturing or grunting or a ball, teach them the sign for ball. Then ask them, “want ball?” as you sign and say the word “b ...

Where did “K-butt” go? - my toddler’s speech development

July 13th, 2008

Ever since my son, Jesse, could talk, he called his older brother, Caleb, “K-butt!” I’m not sure how it came about, but that's what came out and the name stuck. Caleb didn’t mind much, but Jesse was the only person who was allowed to call him that name. If my husband or I jokingly called him “K-butt,” Caleb would respond, “Hey, my name is Caleb!”

When Jesse turned four, Caleb decided that ...

Brand New Speech Blog

July 12th, 2008

I’m just launching my blog and getting it all setup.

If you stumble across my blog please be patient with me, this whole blog thing is still sort of new to me.

Until I fill this blog with useful information, please go to the Speech Calendar site and request my free speech activities



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