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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 ...

Think Out Loud Some More

March 3rd, 2010
Speech Development Tip 5:  Use parallel talk as your child is doing an activity.

In my last blog, I talked about self talk - talking about what you're doing, what you see, and what you hear.  Self talk is one way you can give your child a positive speech environment.

Parallel talk is talking about what your son or daughter is doing.  It is similar to self talk and also strengthens your chil ...

Think Out Loud

February 18th, 2010

Speech Development Tip 4: Use self talk when your child is close enough to hear.

It makes sense to say that we have to talk to our children, if we want them to learn to talk.  Learning is not always a formal, structured occurance.  We just need to get into the habit of not only talking to our children, but talking when our kids are around.  Let me explain myself.  There are two similar ...

Why Use Sign Language to Help Your Toddler Talk

January 28th, 2010

Speech Development Tip 3: Introduce simple sign language to your child.

You may ask yourself, “why should I use sign language to help my toddler talk?” My answer is simple.  You can’t force your child to talk, but you can teach your child to sign.  You can show him a need for communication.  From birth, babies make their needs known.  Children will continue to make their needs or wants k ...

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!

October 25th, 2009
Speech Development Tip 2:  Repetition is key when children are learning new sounds and words.  During an activity you can repeat the same sound or word again and again.  If your child enjoys a particular activity, do it over and over.

When children are young and even as adults, learning comes from repetition.  Concepts and ideas aren't often learned the first time around.  If a child is d ...

Good Eye Contact is Key

September 29th, 2009

Speech Development Tip 1:  Make good eye contact when you are talking to your child. 

How many times have you caught yourself hollering from across the room to get your child's attention?  And how many times have you become frustrated when your child has not responded to you?  I know my children are listening to me when they stop what they're doing and respond.  Yes, children are able to do m ...

Introduction to my speech tip series

August 27th, 2009

Now that I am settled in my new home and my children are back in school, I am making time to blog again.  I'd like to start a series of blogs that summarize and expand on the speech tips that I provide weekly in my speech calendar.  The purpose of these blogs is to encourage parents and care givers of toddlers who have delays in speech.  Either they are not able to communicate their needs and ...

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 ...

Tips and Video to Help Your Late Talker

April 29th, 2009

The purpose of this video is to show an example of how you can use the activities in my speech calendar to help your toddler talk

There are several things I'd like to point out in this video.  This video was made at my home with my daughter (3 yrs. 9 mos) and my friend's son (2 yrs. 2 mos).  As you can tell in the video, my daughter, Emily has no problem speaking her mind, and Alex is at th ...

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