Toddler

Prepping for Potty Training: Teaching the Vocabulary

Are you thinking about starting potty training? Start teaching the vocabulary BEFORE the potty training actually starts! Even just being intentional about introducing the vocabulary required for potty training for a week before will make the process easier. Pre-teaching the vocabulary makes your child familiar with the terms, understand the sequence, and gives them words… Continue reading Prepping for Potty Training: Teaching the Vocabulary

Arts & Crafts

Easy DIY Children’s Father’s Day Crafts

Father's Day is quickly approaching and I wanted to give you some quick craft ideas from our Language with Everyday Objects series that would be perfect for Father's Day. Dress Like Daddy Bin Create a bin of items the child's father wears. Create a tie out of paper and string. Then have fun dressing up… Continue reading Easy DIY Children’s Father’s Day Crafts

Toddler

How to Introduce Sensory Bins to Your Toddler

Sensory Bins- definitely a buzz word/item right now. And Speech Pathologists love them. But introducing them to a toddler is a whole other story. Toddler are by design MESSY. Adding another tool for them to make a mess with? That just sounds crazy. But here are a few tips to slowly build your child's understanding… Continue reading How to Introduce Sensory Bins to Your Toddler

Arts & Crafts, Childhood Development, Early Language, Play, Preschool, Speech Language Pathology, Toddler

Using Everyday Objects for Language: Table Edition

In the midst of this unexpected extended time at home, I have decided to focus on various everyday objects for a week each. On Week 1, we are using utensils! We will have 4-5 activities and crafts to complete throughout the week. Want to take a peek at what we're doing? The Schedule Monday: Sorting… Continue reading Using Everyday Objects for Language: Table Edition

Childhood Development, Early Language, Speech Language Pathology, Toddler, Uncategorized

Vocabulary Words That Set Up Your Child For Speaking in Sentences

Isn't it exciting when you hear those first words your child says? All of those months of house tours, reading, and exploring the word with you narrating is finally paying off and your child is beginning to talk! So now what? How do you continue to help your child have a new way to express… Continue reading Vocabulary Words That Set Up Your Child For Speaking in Sentences

Arts & Crafts, Early Language, Play, Preschool, Speech Language Pathology, Toddler

Using Everyday Objects for Language: Clothing Edition

In the midst of this unexpected extended time at home, I have decided to focus on various everyday objects for a week each. On Week 2, we are using clothes! We will have 4-5 activities and crafts to complete throughout the week. Want to take a peek at what we're doing? The Schedule Monday: Create… Continue reading Using Everyday Objects for Language: Clothing Edition

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

Play, Social Language, Toddler

Tips for Getting Toddlers to Play Together

Using where they're at to set realistic expectations in play Children show their first signs of social interactions with a social smile at about 4 weeks old. However, it's not until age 2 that your child will begin to truly play with peers their same age, not just their caregivers (Scott, 2020). Prior to 2… Continue reading Tips for Getting Toddlers to Play Together

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, Speech Language Pathology, Toddler

Teach your child “I Love You”

When children come into therapy nonverbal I often ask parents what they dream of hearing their child say. The two most common responses I get are “mommy” and “I love you”. And as a parent I understand! We pour so much of our hearts into our little ones that we dream of the day they… Continue reading Teach your child “I Love You”