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}

Happy to be an SLP Blog Hop

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WELCOME to the Happy to be an SLP Blog HOP! A bunch of awesome SLP bloggers have joined together to share some fun speech pathology FACTS for you all in honor of Better Hearing & Speech Month…with an opportunity to win some FAB prizes including a $50 TPT gift card, $25 TPT gift card and a $15 TPT gift card as well as some other goodies! First Blog Hop? No worries, it’s simple! You’ll visit each of the participating blogs and {Read More}

Thank You! Each & Every One of You! {Fundraising Update}

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Five weeks ago I posted about our Walk to CURE Arthritis SLP Bundle fundraiser. Unbelievably, in just TEN days, you all helped us to raise $2500! And then just  20 days later, we raised another $1000! That is $3500 in a MONTH! In addition I released my How to Help Your Child Talk: The eBook with all proceeds going towards our walk team. I am excited to donate a few hundred dollars from the sales of the eBook soon as {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Imitation & Turn Taking

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Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: The eBook {Help the Young Children in Your Life Communicate While Helping a Great Cause}

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Are you a parent, caregiver, or teacher looking for ways to help a young child talk? Are you a speech pathologist looking for resources to share with your clients on early speech and language development?  Would you like to learn more about how to help young children communicate while helping a great cause?  If so, you’ve arrived at the right place.  How to Help Your Child Talk: The eBook {For Parents, Speech Pathologists and other Early Childhood Specialists} PARENTS: Whether {Read More}

How To Help Your Child Talk: Providing Opportunities for Communication in Play

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Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Providing Opportunities for Communication in Daily Activities

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Welcome to my How to Help Your Child Talk series. These posts are intended to give you simple tips to help you work with your child so YOU can be your child’s best “speech therapist.” You may want to try out a new tip/strategy for a week or so and then when you feel like you’ve “got it”  and it comes more naturally, move on to a new tip and incorporate that into your day for another week or two. For a {Read More}