Joint Attention

What is joint attention? Joint attention is the sharing of an experience between a child and their communication partner. It is also called shared attention and occurs when two people focus on the same thing. Joint attention can look and sound like many things. But in...

Where is the Bear? Tools for Teaching Prepositions

Prepositions are tricky to teach our young children. They do not fit some of the typical rules for grammar which can make it more complicated for children to understand. I was reminded of this, recently, by my mother-in-law who speaks English as a second language....

Back-to-School Books

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...

Being an SLP

It is May 2019. The month of May marks two important milestones. The first is my 2nd year in private practice, my 2nd year writing this blog, and my 2nd year sharing the Playing With Purpose framework. The second is that it is Better Hearing & Speech Month. This...

Speech Development & Screen Time

In many workshops I have given recently, the topic of screen time has come up. We live in an ever-growing, technological world and society. We cannot escape screen time. But, what impact does it have on our children? Before we delve into the research, it’s...

She Said, He Said: Let’s Talk About Pronouns

We have all had a child or student say something such as, “me want to play” or “her did it.” At some ages, that can be appropriate and even cute, but at the age of 4 or 5, that’s not the case. I have been working on use of pronouns a lot...