What is a word? Do sounds count?

How many words does your toddler say? If you’re in the early intervention circuit, as either a parent or a clinician, you probably hear this question a lot. 

First words are an important milestone for toddlers but what exactly is considered a word? What counts as a word? Read on to find out!

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Kimberly Scanlon
My Toddler Isn’t Talking. What Should I Do ?

Most parents eagerly wait to hear their child’s first words.

If your child is not talking, especially when you think he or she should be, it is worrisome. You may even go down that dark path in your brain and start to wonder, “What if…?” “Will he ever talk?” 

STOP!…please :)

We’re not going to dwell on the negatives – because negative thinking gets us no where. 

Let’s focus on what you can do now to help your child.

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Kimberly Scanlon
Why I Wrote My Toddler's First Words

I wrote My Toddler’s First Words for two main reasons. First, I wanted to create a parent-friendly resource that could help parents facilitate first words from their toddlers. Second, I aimed to support my fellow speech language pathologists. When parents are concerned about their children, many look for an easy to understand resource.

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Kimberly Scanlon
I’m in the Washington Post: How to Recognize a Speech and Language Delay

A few weeks ago, Tamara Gane, a reporter from the Washington Post interviewed me for an article she was writing on the topic of speech and language development. It was such an honor to be able to contribute to this piece!   Written from a parent’s perspective, this article explains how she recognized her child’s speech delay and how she went about getting speech therapy services.

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Kimberly Scanlon
Toddler Language: A Song to Help Transition Between Activities and Tasks

Working with toddlers on a regular basis I know transitions can be tough for toddlers. Who wants to stop playing to go grocery shopping? Who wants to leave the park to pick Johnny up from school?  Sometimes sudden, unexpected transitions can result in tantrums or meltdowns, leaving you and your child both tired and frustrated.

Is there a way to make transitions a bit easier?

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What’s New at My Toddler Talks

For the past two years or so (…maybe more…I lose track of time), I’ve been working on what I thought might be a revised and expanded second edition of my book, My Toddler Talks.

Well, this second edition morphed into almost 300 pages and has taken on a life of it’s own. SO, I’ve decided to break it into 3 different books. I’m hoping to release this book very, very, soon.

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Interview: Get Your Toddler Talking!

Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to chat with Marianna Du Bosq, a bilingual mother, a former educator, and the creator of the informative website Bilingual Avenue. We had a great time discussing various topics related to toddler language development. The interview is approximately 40 minutes long and it’s jam packed with so much useful information!

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