Your Child’s Vision Development: It’s More than 20/20

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I am excited to share a post by my friend Katherine, occupational therapist and handwriting specialist who writes over at Handwriting with Katherine. Today Katherine shares with us valuable information about vision development and health in young children. Though my daughter is followed closely by a pediatric ophthalmologist because of her juvenile arthritis (did you know JA can attack the eyes and cause blindness!?), I have to admit that my boys, ages 3.5 and one, have never been to an eye {Read More}

Going on a Stick Hunt {Inspired by Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man}

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Welcome to the October installment of the Virtual Book Club for Kids! This month, our spotlight author is Julia Donaldson and I am super excited about our book of the month and our language building activity to go along! A Little About Stick Man Stick Man lives in his home with his family when one day he gets carried off by a dog who thinks he makes a great fetching toy. We follow poor Stick Man along as he is {Read More}

12 Fall Books to Support Speech & Language Development in Young Children

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Today marks the first day of my favorite season: FALL. That means that it’s time to break out the FALL THEMED BOOKS which are FANTASTIC for speech & language learning. Today, I’d love to share 12 FALL books that can help support speech & language development in young children. In our home, I have our seasonal and holiday books organized and stored in baskets and put away until the season/holiday comes along. We actually got out our fall books a {Read More}

How to Choose Great Children’s Books to Support Speech & Language Development {Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers}

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We know from the plethora of research out there that READING to our children is one of the best things we can do to help develop their language. Read, read, READ! But…are all books created equal? Well, no- all books are NOT created equal. However it is important to know that a “good” book does not need to be one that has won awards. A GOOD book is one that your child ENJOYS. Even silly books that don’t have a {Read More}

Stick People Story Telling

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I’m happy to bring you a guest post from a great Occupational Therapist, Cindy, who blogs at Your Kids OT. Today, she is going to share an adorable & simple activity that can help build fine motor & speech & language skills.  Puppets are a wonderful way to foster your child’s imagination. Puppets encourage storytelling, communication, social skills and language development in play. “Puppetry is the art of bringing inanimate objects alive. Children do this instinctively, when they pick up an action {Read More}

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: Puppets, Crafts & Storytelling {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

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Welcome to the first installment of the Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014-2015! I am SO EXCITED to bring you all some great SIMPLE book extension activities that can be used to build speech & language skills in young children. This month, our spotlight Author is one of my favorites: Mo Willems. We chose the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! for our book club selection. In this book, the bus driver asks the reader to keep a eye {Read More}

Use Books to Build Language with our Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014-2015

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Hands down, one of the best things you can do for your child’s language development aside from talking to your children often is to READ. Read often. Read, read, READ! Which is why I will be taking part in the Virtual Book Club for Kids this year. What is the Virtual Book Club for Kids? Have you ever been part of a book club as an adult? Typically in an adult book club, the group all reads a book and {Read More}

I’m BACK!

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I need to begin this post by thanking you all SO much for all the emails I received in response to my last post several weeks ago. I shared that our family experienced a great loss in June and the outpouring of love, prayers and general well wishes I received in my in box the weeks after have been so appreciated. I don’t even have words to express how thankful I am for all of you. THANK YOU for your {Read More}

Life is Hard, Beautiful, and Painful

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Sometimes, life is hard. Sometimes, it is beautiful. Sometimes, it is painful. The last few weeks have been painful for my family. A few weeks ago, my heathy, happy, full of life father in law became suddenly very ill and passed away a few days later. His illness and passing were rare, sudden, tragic and heartbreaking. Our family is grieving the loss of an incredible husband, father, brother, friend, mentor, and Yeh-Yeh (grandfather in Chinese). My children were very close to {Read More}

Toddler’s Speech & Language Development: What to Expect

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I get a lot of questions about toddler speech & language development to my email inbox each week. Concerned parents are wondering: What’s “normal?” There is a VERY WIDE range of “normal” or “typical” when it comes to the development of speech & language in the toddler years (which I refer to as approx 18 months to 3 years). Here are some GENERAL guidelines based on the research on “typical” speech & language development in toddlers. Important note: Don’t get too {Read More}

Favorite Summer Toy for Early Speech & Language Development: The Water Table {Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!}

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I am THRILLED to be partnering up with some fantastic therapy bloggers this week to bring you valuable recommendations and information AND provide you a chance to WIN a gift card to Amazon so you can purchase a new summer toy for the child(ren) in YOUR life! Here’s how it works: Each of the participating bloggers, who are physical therapists, occupational therapists or speech-language pathologists, will be sharing the developmental benefits of their favorite summer toy with us. HOP around and {Read More}

I’m Ready!™ How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Success {Review, Giveaway, & a FREEBIE!}

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Recently I shared some information about the relationship between early language skills and literacy skills development in young children. The research is very clear: children with strong early language skills tend to have higher literacy skills later on. Specifically researchers Hart & Risley found the quantity of words spoken to a child in the first three years of life were strongly associated with a child’s language skills, vocabulary size and IQ later in life. So we know how very important those early language skills are, even {Read More}