Have you noticed that mamas, grandmas, and even little siblings will talk differently to a toddler than an adult? We have a natural tendency to talk differently to babies and toddlers, it’s something instinctive that we do. The style of talking we use with little ones is called “Child-Directed” also known as “Motherese” or “Baby… Read More What’s Child-Directed Speech and Is It Effective?
It seems like I put a ton of time into researching, teaching, and writing goals for following directions and listening skills. Listening skills take time to develop and following directions is awesome practice for those auditory skills. So typically when you’re teaching skills for following directions, you focus on 1-step and 2-step directions. And while working… Read More How to Teach Critical Elements & Improve Listening Skills
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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Snack is my favorite time to teach language because who doesn’t love to eat?! Kids also are quick to help out in the kitchen so it’s easy to get ’em talking during snack. Today’s post will be all about making your own snack but if you need a quicker and cleaner snack idea, check out… Read More Creating Language Opportunities: DIY Snack
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
I’ve heard various recommendations that to learn a new word, a child who is DHH (deaf or hard of hearing), needs to hear a word between 28-2,000 times. There’s a big difference between hearing a word 28 vs. 2,000 times. Let’s find a middle ground in this wide range of recommendations. Let’s just say that… Read More How to Use Auditory Bombardment to Increase Vocabulary
Prepositions like in, on, under, and behind are concepts that children typically understand by the end of preschool. So preschool is the perfect time to really make sure that children know these prepositions. And what is a more engaging and fun time than snack time?! Before we jump into how to pull off your new… Read More Prepositions: Teach Basic Concepts at Snack
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