Auditory, Language

How to Teach Critical Elements & Improve Listening Skills

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

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

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

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

Language

Critical Communication Skills

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