Toddler’s Speech & Language Development: What to Expect

PS: main focus on the word 'growth'

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}

THANK YOU WALK

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

HTHYCT Imitation & Turn Taking

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

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

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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}

Get a Manicure & Help Kids with Juvenile Arthritis! {And an Update on our Fundraising!}

Help us Find a Cure

Hello hello! Happy Saturday! I have a super awesome FUN way to help us in finding a CURE for Juvenile Arthritis AND have pretty nails That’s in just a bit…first an update on our fundraiser! Cure for Juvenile Arthritis Update As I write this post on Saturday morning, our fundraising grand total from the SLP Bundles is…… $2240!!! Can you BELIEVE in just 7 days we’ve raised over $2200!!?? That is A M A Z I N G!!! Thank you {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}