Open Letter From a Small Child: Please Respect Me

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Dear Therapists, Doctors, and all the “Big People” in my life, I am but a small child who has been here just a short time. I am watching, listening, and learning about my world. I learn from all of you. I am learning how to trust and respect others. But in order to learn to trust and respect, I need you to trust and respect ME. I may be little, but I am still a person. A whole, capable person. {Read More}

Ready for Kindergarten Book Study: Creating a Language Rich Environment

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Back before I started blogging, I was searching online for preschool activities and found this cool blog called Teach Preschool. One of the things I loved about the site, was that the activities provided were PLAY-BASED which if you know me at all, you know how important I believe play is to a child’s development. Deborah, Teach Preschool’s author, has recently published a book called Ready for Kindergarten! Deborah was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this great {Read More}

The ABC’s of Early Speech & Language Development: U to Z {Part 5 of 5}

U is for Utterance Length: How Much should they be talking? You may be thinking “utterance???” Well in the speech world we often look at a child’s Mean Length of Utterance (MLU) which simply means how many words are they putting together on average. I get comments and questions in this a LOT. I will hear parents be concerned because their 18 month old is speaking in one word utterances only but their older child was speaking in 2-4 word {Read More}

The ABC’s of Early Speech & Language Development: P to T {Part 4 of 5}

P is for Pointing If you read part TWO of this series about Joint Attention, you may already have an idea of why pointing is so important. But if not, let me tell you a little about pointing and why this skill is so critical for speech and language development and why you will see “Is your pointing?” on your well check questionnaires. Children generally begin pointing to items of interest between 9-15 months. When your child points to something..what {Read More}

The ABC’s of Early Speech & Language Development: K to O {Part 3 of 5}

K is for following your Kid’s Lead Ok I know I had to stretch the “K” for this one a little Normally I would say to follow your child’s lead but let me tell you, this ABC series was challenging! So what is it that I mean by follow your kid’s lead? If you have a child who is struggling in the area of speech and language, especially for toddlers and preschoolers, it is best to get down on the floor {Read More}

The ABC’s of Early Speech & Language Development: F to J {Part 2 of 5}

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F is for the First Word Whether it is your first child or your 4th, hearing his/her first word is such an exciting milestone! It is a word that many parents remember vividly and share with others. My first word was “shoe,” my daughter’s was “no” and my son’s was “bye bye.” Your child should say his/her first word between 8-16 months with the average being around the first birthday. As far as what he/she will say? Other than mama {Read More}

The ABC’s of Early Speech & Language Development: A-E {Part 1 of 5}

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Welcome to the first installment of the five day series The ABC’s of Early Speech & Language Development: A series brought to you from the Kid Blogging Network (KBN)! Today I will be covering topics that begin with letters A to E. Check back every day this week for a new installment in this series.  A is for Articulation & Phonology You may have NO idea what these terms mean, or maybe you have been told that your child has {Read More}

Why Does My Child _______? {And is it normal?} Introducing a New Series at PWW365

Why Does My Child…

As a speech pathologist, I am asked questions by fellow parents all the time about their child’s speech and language development. Why doesn’t my child say his /r/? Why does my child say /t/ for /k/? Why does my child repeat things I say? The truth is, these questions are good questions. Why does your child do that? And….is it normal? These questions prompted me to start my new series where I will try to explain why children do the things they {Read More}

Your Child’s Speech & Language: 4 Years to 5 Years

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Well we’ve made it through the first 4 years of your child’s life and here we are at the last year before she enters kindergarten. Kindergarten. As I type this, my own daughter will be 4 in a couple weeks and next year she will go to a transitional kindergarten program (like a Pre-K) as her birthday is after the regular under cut off. It feels like just yesterday that I gave birth to her, my first born, and soon she {Read More}

Your Child’s Speech and Language: 3 Years to 4 Years

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Can you believe your baby is turning three? Time goes by too fast, doesn’t it? And this year your child is going to be learning so much. He is like a little person now as you leave the toddler years and head into the preschool years. Can you believe it? A little person. So Let’s see what he will be up to this year! Development from 3 to 4 Years When he first entered the toddler years, your child was just starting to {Read More}

Your Child’s Speech & Language: 24-36 Months

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Your little one is now toddling into the “terrible twos.” Or has he already hit them? At 21 months my own son started becoming more….independent and opinionated which resulted in an increase in the tantrums that are so well known for the “two’s.” On top of that, your two year old can understand a WHOLE lot more than he can say, which can be frustrating for him and can add to the tantrums. So when will this pass? How will {Read More}

Your Child’s Speech and Language: 18-24 Months

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Can you believe your little one is a year and a half old!? His second birthday will be right around the corner…have you started planning the party yet??? He is walking all over and getting into everything and should have at least several words he is using consistently now and by the end of this 6 month period he should be putting words together! Let’s see what else is in store for him… Development from 18-24 Months As I mentioned {Read More}