Early Language, Infants, Play, Toddler

Hosting a Language Focused Play Date

As mothers at home with our kids (full time, part time, or “just” on nights and weekends) we crave social interactions with others in similar stages of life. And our kids are (almost) always happier when they are around other children. But hosting a play date can feel overwhelming and bring out all kinds of… Continue reading Hosting a Language Focused Play Date

Childhood Development, Early Language, Infants, Social Language, Speech Language Pathology, Toddler

The Importance of Pointing and Other Gestures

Photo by mentatdgt on Pexels.com During an evaluation or consultation one of the first things Speech Language Pathologists pay attention to is gesture use. And for good reason- it is an important indicator of later language development and can help identify children at risk of language delays. How a child's gestures impact language development Long… Continue reading The Importance of Pointing and Other Gestures

Childhood Development, Early Language, Infants, Play, Social Language

Learning to Play with Toys

What “play” means is constantly evolving in a child’s early years. In the first year of life it’s mostly caregiver and object exclusive. They are figuring out their immediate world around them and that takes a lot of work through exploration! As parents, if we know the stages to look for we can help nurture… Continue reading Learning to Play with Toys