Early Language

The Progression of Imitation

Imitation- the ability to mirror, repeat, and practice the actions of others. And children LOVE it and are BORN with it. Think about in the early days when your child copies your smile or sticks their tongue out. As they enter the language explosion stage they begin imitating EVERYTHING you say- words, tone of voice,… Continue reading The Progression of Imitation

Early Language Activities

Using Everyday Objects for Language: Tooth Brushing Edition

Continuing with our series on using everyday objects for language. On Week 3 we will focus on all things brushing teeth. We will have 4-5 activities and crafts to complete throughout the week. My goal is to keep it simple and use only items you likely already have or can substitute easily (after all- we… Continue reading Using Everyday Objects for Language: Tooth Brushing 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