Language, Play Skills, Social Foundations

The Nearly Comprehensive Guide to Teaching Your Child How to Play

Wondering how to help your child develop their play skills? Keep reading, you’re in the right place. Your child’s play development happens in specific, sequential stages and there are things that you can do in each stage to help them develop more advanced play skills. Keep in mind that there’s more to play than just… Read More The Nearly Comprehensive Guide to Teaching Your Child How to Play

Auditory, Language

Vocabulary Development for Children with Cochlear Implants

Your child’s vocabulary is really important because it affects more than just reading and writing. Vocabulary is a big factor in communication and social skills development. Now if your child is DHH and has cochlear implants, how do your child’s CIs affect their vocabulary development? How Vocabulary Typically Develops First, we need to look into… Read More Vocabulary Development for Children with Cochlear Implants

Language

Nine Ways to Incorporate Speech Therapy into Playtime at Home

I’m so stoked to share this post with you! Missy Kvitko from hearingsonyarose.com, is sharing some strategies that she uses in everyday routines to help her daughter, Sonya Rose, develop language and listening skills. I know you’ll love getting to know Missy and Sonya Rose! _________________________________________________________________________ We learned that our daughter Sonya Rose was deaf… Read More Nine Ways to Incorporate Speech Therapy into Playtime at Home

Language, Social Foundations

The Connection Between Language and Theory-of-Mind

I’ve been doing a lot of research on language and Theory-of-Mind these last few weeks and after looking into all this research, the consensus is in…..  Language is the key to developing Theory-of-Mind. Language isn’t only the key to Theory-of-Mind but it is”the only ability that has clearly been shown to be directly related to… Read More The Connection Between Language and Theory-of-Mind

Auditory, Language

Do Sentence Recast & Auditory Bombardment Work?

When you’re working to help your child learn to talk and listen, you want to know that what you’re doing works. Your child’s language and auditory development is on a timeline and you don’t have the luxury to be using ineffective strategies. Let’s look into whether two common language development strategies are actually data-proven-effective. Sentence Recast… Read More Do Sentence Recast & Auditory Bombardment Work?

Auditory, Language

Is there an MLU Gap between Children with and without Cochlear Implants?

Is there a difference between the MLU of children who have Cochlear Implants (CIs) and children with typical hearing? My gut reaction would be ‘yes’ because MLU is something we intensely target in deaf education. But does research support that this intense focus on MLU is really needed? The answer is ‘yes.’ Research (unfortunately) reports there… Read More Is there an MLU Gap between Children with and without Cochlear Implants?

Auditory, Language

Narration

Narration is my go-to strategy whether I’m with my big or little students. It can be tailored to fit teaching functional vocabulary, social skills, or the language used when problem solving. Narration is taking “talking to yourself” to a whole new level. Instead of talking out loud just to organizing your thoughts, you’re talking out loud… Read More Narration

Classroom, Language

How to Expand Your Child’s Language in Everyday Conversations

3.3% of children in the US have a language delay and these delays show up the most in children 3-6 years old. So whether your child is 20-months or 3-years-old, you want to be proactively developing your child’s language during these crucial brain development years. So if your child has difficulty communicating, you do want to… Read More How to Expand Your Child’s Language in Everyday Conversations

Language

Increase MLU and Teach Cause & Effect with Conjunctions

While 3-year-olds can be pretty convincing, like the “Linda, listen” boy, most of the time their attempts at persuasion are pretty farfetched and illogical. It’s cute now but eventually they’ll need to be able to communicate and reason effectively. While these skills sounds like things only a lawyer would need, everyone needs to be able… Read More Increase MLU and Teach Cause & Effect with Conjunctions