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
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?
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
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
Does your child have difficulty picking up the details in what your saying? Or have a hard time tuning into speech? Acoustic Highlighting is a strategy you can use to make it easier for your child to listen and develop their auditory skills. Acoustic Highlighting is pretty much the easiest of all the listening and… Read More Train the Brain: Acoustic Highlighting
Whether your child’s at home, daycare, or school, there are 9 critical communication skills needed to function independently. These communication skills work whether your child’s talking or using an alternative communication systems like PECS. This is awesome! Because isn’t that the whole goal, to help our kids be as independent as possible? The nine skills needed… Read More Critical Communication Skills