Before a child begins to talk, he or she communicates by looking with his or her eyes (eye gaze), by producing sounds (e.g. coos, babbles, screams, sighs, etc.) and by making gestures (e.g. giving an object to a caregiver, shaking head for no, raising arms up).Read More
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?”
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.Read More
Reviews for My Toddler’s First Words: A Step-By-Step Guide to Jump-Start, Track, and Expand Your Toddler’s LanguageRead More
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.Read More
The ultimate step-by-step guide to stimulate and expand your toddler’s early communication skills!Read More
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.Read More
My Member’s Only Resource Library - containing numerous worksheets, cheatsheets, and tools to help develop and stimulate your toddler’s language. Subscribe to my free newsletter for the password to my library.Read More
This post has been written to assist you in devising a plan to replace, or greatly reduce, your child’s screen time.Read More
I use play dough almost every day of the week. It is one of the best tools to use to get your toddler to talk.Read More
Summer is here! That means warm, sunny days, and lots of playing outside. When play moves outdoors, there are many wonderful opportunities for children to involve their senses and create memories.Read More
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?Read More
If you want your toddler to learn, you can’t force him or her to sit down and focus.Read More
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.Read More
Recent research is confirming that background noise inhibits children’s ability to acquire new words.Read More
You think you’re doing everything right. You strategically use self-talk and parallel talk, you give premeditated choices, and wait so expectantly that you begin to wonder if your eyebrows will remain raised indefinitely. However, your toddler is not amused by your funny way of speaking and refuses to engage.
You ask yourself: “Why are the techniques not working?”Read More
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!Read More
Cloze statements, cloze procedures, or sentence completion tasks are word retrieval tasks that require the participant (child, student, client, etc.) to fill in the blank. The adult says part of the sentence or phrase or verse but intentionally deletes a word, enticing the child to complete it with the correct one.Read More
My Toddler Talks has 25 fun play routines designed to improve your child's speech and language skills. Many of the play routines involve popular and favorite toys and objects found in most households. This is a benefit for busy parents who can't or don't want to run out and purchase more toys as well as for early intervention therapists who are encouraged to use what is already in the child's environment.Read More
Happy 2016. Hope you are all well and excited for this upcoming year. I know I am!
Although 2015 wasn’t the amazing year filled with rainbows and lollipops, it was a fine, productive year. I am grateful for my loving family and friends, my dedicated clients, and my encouraging readers. Thank you all for being here.Read More