Nothing can be more challenging than to try to get an active toddler interested in reading!
On today’s podcast, I’ll be speaking with SLP and author Teri Kaminski Peterson, M.S., CCC-SLP from Chatterbox Books. She’s published her second book (that I LOVE, by the way!!) called Talk with Me! The Big Book of Exclamations 2. (The link leads you to her site to purchase the book!)
Listen to this week’s show with her tips for engaging an active toddler’s attention while reading together:
Tips from Teri included:
- NOT reading the words!! Teri explained that earlier in her career she often had to “rewrite” a book for a parent to read to a child by simplifying the story. (I’ve done that too!) Her two books The Big Book of Exclamations and Talk with Me! The Big Book of Exclamations 2 don’t include “a story” at all. She’s taken everyday activities and provided many fun ideas for parents on each page.
- Modeling or showing the child an easy action to imitate while looking at the pictures.
- Talking in SIMPLE words and phrases familiar during daily routines, often including play sounds and other fun play words.
- Helping a child link meaning with words by targeting receptive language or comprehension. Ask a child to show you…”Where’s the dog?” or “Let’s find the ball.” Remember – children must understand the word before they can say it!
- Creating symbolic (or cognitive) connections with pictures by pairing real objects with the pictures in the book.
If you need other tips for using books with late talkers, check out these posts:
And my very favorite way to engage toddlers who hate books…a video with “how to” instructions:
Ideas for Toddlers Who Hate Books
If you needed a fresh approach with a toddler who doesn’t enjoy books with you, I hope these ideas help!!
Happy reading : )