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

Providing Opportunities for Communication in Play

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

opportunities in daily activities

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}

Literacy Starts With Language: 20 Tips for Creating a Language Rich Environment for Your Toddler {I Can Teach My Child}

Literacy Starts with Language

Did you know that a child’s language skills are a strong predictor of later literacy skills? Children with strong language skills in the preschool and early elementary years tend to have stronger literacy skills later on. Literacy development is so much more than the ABC’s: Literacy starts with language! Today, I am over at I Can Teach My Child sharing 20 tips for creating a language rich environment for your toddler, which can help build that strong base he needs {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Expanding Your Child’s Words

Expanding Your Child's WOrds

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: Become a Narrator

become a narrator

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: Respond Meaningfully

respond meaningfully

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 Our Words Shape Our Children’s Language and Literacy Skills

how our words shape

I recently posed this question on my Facebook page: If you could give ONE recommendation/ piece of advice to another parent about speech/language development, what would it be? (This can be from SLP to a parent or parent to a parent) The answers were AWESOME! I loved how we had a good mix of parent-to-parent and SLP-to-parent suggestions. The conversation over there inspired me to share a little research on how our words shape our children’s speech, language and literacy skills {Read More}

How to Help Your Child Talk: Becoming an Interpreter

Becoming an interpreter

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: Follow Your Child’s Lead

Follow Your Child's Lead

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}

You Can Do EVERYTHING Right and Still Have a Child with Special Needs

You Can Do Everything Right

I want to talk a little bit today about guilt. You know…mommy (or daddy) guilt that parents of children with special needs (developmental or medical) carry on their shoulders because of their child’s needs. The guilt and the constant “what if’s” are oh-so common. Recently, I took my middle son Ev, age three, into our local school district to be assessed for speech therapy. He qualifies. The child of a speech-language pathologist qualifies for speech therapy.  I want you to read {Read More}

When Should I Be Concerned About My Toddler’s Speech Development?

toddler speech development

“He’ll grow out of it” “Don’t worry, he is just a late talker” “Oh my uncle didn’t talk until he was three and he is brilliant! Don’t worry!” It is not uncommon for parents of toddlers to worry about their child’s development at different stages. As parents, we all want our children to thrive and it is easy to find ourselves comparing little Johnny to the other toddlers at the park. And it is all too common to have well {Read More}

How Can I Find a Speech Language Pathologist?

how to find an SLP

If you are worried about your child’s speech and language development,  you will likely be looking for a speech-language pathologist. But how on earth do you go about this? How do you find a speech pathologist? This is a question I get often..and the great news, is that I covered this in detail in my What You Can Expect from Speech Therapy: A Guide for Parents series. Click on the image below to learn all about how to find an {Read More}