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April 3, 2020

Learning Through Play

There are tremendous opportunities for language development through different types of play. Through play with toys and everyday objects, children discover that they can make things happen. Children can also be exposed to new vocabulary and situations through play. Facilitating language development through play Household play. When you provide your child with a wide range… Read more »

March 31, 2020

6 Developmental Benefits of Music

We love to listen to music, dance to music and sing to music with our children. Music is fun, music is engaging, and children love it! Did you know that when children learn to play music it is not only fun but also has developmental benefits to it? Here are 6 ways that children benefit… Read more »

March 10, 2020

Five Family Games for Language Development

Playing games is a great way to encourage developing language skills. Many games are commercially available, have a language focus, and can be fun for the whole family. Explore some of these five games for a fun and educational family game night! 1. Quiddler Players are encouraged to create words from a series of letters… Read more »

February 6, 2020

Parents are the Best Teachers! Everyday Opportunities for Language Development

Everyday family activities can be used to increase a child’s language and vocabulary. Any time a parent or caregiver does anything with a child, that opportunity can be used to increase the child’s vocabulary and language concepts. In addition to naming items when you see them, here are some additional ideas for increasing language during… Read more »

January 9, 2020

Connection Between Spoken Language and Literacy

The experiences with talking and listening gained during the preschool years prepare children to learn to read and write during the early elementary school years. This means that children who enter school with weaker verbal abilities are much more likely to experience difficulties learning literacy skills than those who do not (Roth, Paul, & Pierotti, … Read more »

December 19, 2019

Simplifying Speech- What Does the Research Say? 

We have all heard children use phrases such as “my turn slide,” “doggie go,” or “look car,” but we wouldn’t think that was unusual. As we know children of early language development use simplified speech to communication. If we heard an adult say those same phrases what would we think? Some would react positively thinking… Read more »

December 11, 2019

English Language Learners and the Road to Reading

Children who are English language learners (ELL) are at higher risk for having difficulty learning to read.  “When bilingual children’s vocabulary levels are too low in the language in which they are learning to read, these young learners will…encounter difficulties” (Uccelli & Páez, 2007).  Children who are learning English may need extra support as they… Read more »

November 26, 2019

Facilitating First Words

Imitation is an important skill when learning to talk. As speech therapists, we use imitation to teach our clients to use new words and make new sounds. However, imitation is a learned skill and not all children get it right away. Parents get frustrated when their child is not talking and can be heard repeating over… Read more »

November 19, 2019

Baby Sign Language

Baby sign language is a great way to encourage language before your baby is able to vocally produce words. It allows a baby to communicate what they want, or what is on their mind. Being able to use the hand gestures of baby sign dramatically reduces the frustration that may occur for both the baby… Read more »

October 30, 2019

Books! Books! Books!

Research suggests that storybook reading facilitates language development and plays an important role in preparing children for success in school. In addition to enhancing early language development and literacy skills, shared book reading, between you and your child, can provide positive social interaction.   Reading with your child should start from birth.  At this time,… Read more »

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