While I love toys as much (probably more!) as any SLP I know, I have also learned to value very simple homemade activities for toddlers. I’ve come to think of these activities as “games,” and that’s the word I use when I’m introducing these activities to children and to parents.
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Have you noticed that many toddlers with receptive language delays don’t enjoy reading books with another person?
This can break a mom’s heart, particularly if she likes reading or if she feels unsuccessful trying to “teach” her child.
This may also frustrate a therapist who thinks, “How am I ever going to get this [...]
SLPs and therapists who work in early intervention and preschool programs are often surprised when we take a minute to look at normal expressive language development. Most of the time, it’s because our perceptions of “normal” become skewed over time. We administer tests and come to think of those test questions and the age ranges [...]
Today I finished an amazing journey with a very special family…
Last Christmas during his 3rd visit or so with me I was elated as he struggled to imitate the word “ball” and popped out the word “pour” as we played with water.
Fast forward one year…
This morning he used full sentences in conversation with [...]
Six years ago today, at my husband’s insistence, I was preparing to take off for 2 WHOLE WEEKS, to try my hand at writing for parents and professionals who worked with toddlers with language delays. At that time, there wasn’t much REAL LIFE information available and I hoped I could make a difference for worried [...]
Check out any milestone list for toddlers, and you’ll see some variation of “knows body parts.”
Assessment tools used by pediatric speech-language pathologists include the following age ranges for this early skill:
Points to two different body parts by 12 months
Identifies at least 6 different parts and/or clothing items on himself or a doll by 18 months
Parents often begin [...]
Playing peek-a-boo is a time-honored ritual between babies and parents. Many times parents of young children with developmental delays miss out on this fun because they’re not sure how to modify the game for a toddler with special needs.
A mom may have instigated peek-a-boo a few times to try to quiet her fussy baby, but when her child didn’t seem to understand [...]
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