The Inside Scoop on Speech Therapy & Language Development
As parents, we live with a never-ending litany of worries about our kids: Are they eating enough vegetables? Getting too much screen time? On track for their developmental milestones? As both a mom and an SLP, I have those same concerns, and while I can’t help a child learn to love brussel sprouts or to dislike cartoons, I can help you recognize if your child’s speech and language development is on track.
Twin sisters, in the related fields of OT and SLP share how they collaborate when working with children to facilitate development across many domains.
Have you ever wondered what your SLP would buy as a holiday gift for a child? Check out this round-up of holiday gift guides for lots of wonderful suggestions.
This season marks change as we head toward the new year. 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 Thanksgiving books to support my clients during this time.
There are many different areas of speech and language development we work on as SLPs. In my work, I see many children with needs in building their expressive language skills and speech sound production. But SLPs work on receptive language, social language (aka...
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.
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!