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}

How Our Words Shape Our Children’s Language and Literacy Skills

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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}

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

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“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}

Is Communication Just About Speech? {The Friendship Circle Blog}

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This week I am over at The Friendship Circle Blog sharing some information about communication. Is communication just about speech? What do you think? If you have been reading for a while, I bet you can answer that question! So head on over and check out my post Is Communication Just About Speech? (If you are am email subscriber, you likely received a not-quite-finished version of this post last week in your in box. I accidentally published the post on THIS blog {Read More}

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day 2013

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   Today is National Childhood Apraxia Awareness Day! Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that significantly impacts a child’s ability to communicate. To celebrate this day of awareness, I’m sharing with you all the post I wrote on CAS as well as some links to other helpful information. What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech? This is an excerpt from my CAS post: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, or CAS, is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS {Read More}

What Type of Communicator is YOUR child? {With Tips on How You Can Help Build Their Speech & Language Skills}

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When we are talking about young children’s speech and language skills, it is important to think of the child in terms of the skills the child currently has (rather than chronological age) so that interventions can be best built upon these skills. Knowing what stage of communication your child is currently in also helps YOU as a parent know how to best help your child communicate at home. Stages of Communication I love the way The Hanen Centre breaks down {Read More}

What is Communication? {It is so Much More than Speech}

What is Communication

What is communication? A while back, I wrote a post about the Difference between Speech & Language. In that post I touched on communication as well, and today I am going to expand on that post because understanding the difference between speech and language and knowing what communication is is part of the foundation one needs know to help their child expand his speech and language skills. What is Speech? So a quick recap on speech.  When we speech pathologists refer to the {Read More}

Questions: Why Less is More {Part Two}

Tuesday we talked about questions. You can read that post HERE if you didn’t already read it. At the end, I shared this interaction with you all between a Mom and her son Billy. You can review it here: MOM: Billy, what color is this? Billy: NO ANSWER (he doesn’t know) MOM: Billy, what is this? Billy: Tain (train) {A dog barks} MOM: Billy, where is the dog? Is the dog outside? Billy: Yup {family car walks by} MOM: Billy, {Read More}

Speech Development in Bilingual Children

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As a speech language pathologist, I am asked all the time about language development in children raised with more than one language, so I was thrilled when I was given this opportunity to share some information on this subject on All Done Monkey, a great blog written by a mother raising her children to be bilingual. The post went up on Monday, and you can check it out on the blog HERE and leave me a comment…what do you think? {Read More}

Questions: Why Less is More {Part One}

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It is such an exciting time when your child starts to talk! So exciting that often times we can find ourselves doing whatever we can to get them to do it more. This is especially true if your child has been a late or delayed talker. And what gets people to talk more than asking questions, right?? Or do they?   Whats your name? Where do you live? Do you like to read books? What do you do for a living? {Read More}

Why Does My Child Sound Like He is From Boston- Even Though We Aren’t? {And is it Normal?}

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I see a wed cah mommy! The wabbit is eating a cawwit. My name in Wyan. I wike to wide my bike down the woad. What? I can’t he-ah you! You ah too fah away. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Does your young child sound like he could have been raised in Boston, even though you live in California? The Development of Articulation Skills Your child is not born being able to say all the sounds in his {Read More}

Why Does My Child Put The End Sounds of Words at the Beginning? {And is it Normal?}

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Welcome to a new installment of my “Why Does My Child____ {And is it Normal?}” series. You can read more about this series HERE.  I have gotten this question many times before. I must admit…the first few times I got this question it threw me. I had to think hard of what the person was really referring to. Interestingly enough, my own son is an expert at this. So what is it? Is it normal? What is a Phonological Process? If {Read More}