How Go Away, Big Green Monster! Can Help Your Toddler Talk
What is a word? Do sounds count?
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly is an engaging book that I LOVE to use during my speech therapy sessions.
As a speech therapist, I typically use it with children who are late to talk or have language delays. In this post, I’ll share two reasons why I like to incorporate it into my sessions.
Toys to Motivate Interaction and First Words: The Battat Shape Sorter
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!
Before First Words: How Does My Toddler Respond to and Interact with Me?
Battat Toy Company makes a noisy shape sorter that I LOVE. In my opinion, it is just as motivating to toddlers as bubbles and wind-up toys. Here’s how I use it during my speech therapy sessions!
My Toddler Isn’t Talking. What Should I Do ?
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).
My Toddler's First Words: Reviews
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.
Why I Wrote My Toddler's First Words
Reviews for My Toddler’s First Words: A Step-By-Step Guide to Jump-Start, Track, and Expand Your Toddler’s Language
My Toddler's First Words is NOW on Amazon!
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.
I’m in the Washington Post: How to Recognize a Speech and Language Delay
The ultimate step-by-step guide to stimulate and expand your toddler’s early communication skills!
My Resource Library - My Toddler Talks
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.
How to Replace Your Toddler's Screen Time
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.
How to Use Play Dough to Get Your Toddler to Talk
This post has been written to assist you in devising a plan to replace, or greatly reduce, your child’s screen time.
Shhh! A Holiday Book to Promote Toddler Language
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.
Summer Time: Pouring to Improve Attention, Fine Motor Skills, Independence, and Language
Shhh! is the perfect holiday book for eliciting fun sounds (e.g. “Shhh”, “oops”, “bonk”, and “Ho, Ho, Ho”) from a young child who is learning to talk.
Toddler Language: A Song to Help Transition Between Activities and Tasks
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.
How Do I Get My Toddler to Sit and Focus During a Speech Therapy Session?
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?
What’s New at My Toddler Talks
If you want your toddler to learn, you can’t force him or her to sit down and focus.
How to Decrease Background Noise to Promote Word Learning in Early Intervention
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.
Speech Therapy for Toddlers: Keep the Communication Real
Recent research is confirming that background noise inhibits children’s ability to acquire new words.
Interview: Get Your Toddler Talking!
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?”
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!