Play

Tips For Setting Up Your Environment For Child Play

A child's time playing it the best opportunity for new learning to happen. Children love to explore their environment- no matter what that looks like. Some homes are full of all the toys, while other take a more curated approach with the "less is more" mindset. No matter your home style, there are several tips… Continue reading Tips For Setting Up Your Environment For Child Play

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

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, 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”