The Inside Scoop on Speech Therapy & Language Development
Core vocabulary is defined as a small set of simple words, in any language,
that are used frequently and across contexts (Cross, Baker, Klotz & Badman, 1997). Core vocabulary makes up about 80% of the words we use throughout the day.
We need to establish social skills like joint attention, eye contact, and use of gestures before we can anticipate a child to use language.
Teaching prepositions is no small task. They do not fit some of the typical rules for grammar which can make it more complicated for children to understand. That’s why we need to get our kids up and moving to teach this complicated concept!
A dollhouse is a perfect choice of toy–ripe with opportunities for creativity to blossom and speech and language skills to grow.
As a speech-language pathologist currently working in the USA, I am often asked by parents if
they should only speak English, as to not confuse their child. I reassure them that research
show whichever level a child can speak and understand in one language, they can speak and
understand a second (or even third!) language to the same level.
The back-to-school season marks a lot of excitement and a lot of change for our children. Books often allow us to expose kids to ideas and environments they may not encounter on a daily basis. That is why I love using these back-to-school books to support my clients in speech therapy during this time of transition.
Baby sign is a system of gestures and simplified signs that allows a child to communicate prior to developing spoken words. Any child who has limited spoken language or functional communication skills can benefit from the introduction of baby sign.
I am an author. Those are four words I never thought I would utter! And yet, here we are. I am an author. I have written and self-published my first book. Becoming an author was not on my to-do list or even a blip on the radar. I don’t fancy myself a writer, so how did I come to have written a book?
Oral mechanism exam, oral motor exam, oral-facial exam, oral peripheral exam… whatever you call it, it’s one of the most important, but frequently neglected, components of an initial assessment for any child with a suspected speech sound disorder.
Children spend most of their time in play which helps them understand their environment and interact with people. Nothing beats toys that children can hold and share with others. Thinking of toys to buy for your children or the ones you work with? Check out these toys that are easily available in stores near you and also great for promoting speech and language development.
Start Playing With Purpose
Learn how to purposefully and intentionally interact with your child during play and help them increase opportunities for speech and language development with our Playing with Purpose book!