Guest Post: My Toddler Talks Book Review
It gives me great pleasure to share the following review of My Toddler Talks by Dana Childress, M.Ed. Dana is a program specialist for the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development, associated with Virginia Commonwealth University. She assists in designing and implementing professional development activities for early intervention providers and administrators in Virginia.
My Toddler Talks Review by Dana Childress, M.ED.
If you are looking for a straightforward, easy-to-follow guidebook for parents on how to play with their toddlers in ways that support communication development, then this book should be on your list! My Toddler Talks is a very accessible and readable handbook that describes tips and play strategies that caregivers can easily implement in their daily interactions with their little ones. The book focuses on play routines, but the tips, modeling techniques and strategies can be incorporated into any daily interaction with a little practice. The tips and “do not list” are perfect for parents, childcare providers, and others who are looking for simple guidance on what they can do right now to positively affect a toddler’s language development.
My Toddler Talks offers tips for a variety of toy play routines and arts and crafts activities using common toys and materials. Each routines includes materials needed, a description of the routine, what to do at the beginning, middle, and end of the routine, and specific language techniques that parents can use during the routine. The simple descriptions would make it easy to try out these routines and the language techniques will help parents embed the author’s tips into the activity. The language used to describe each activity is familiar, engaging, and easy to understand.
I think this book would be a great resource for home visitors, childcare providers, preschool teachers, and early interventionists who are looking for practical ideas to share with families. There are lots of things that parents can do to enhance the language development of their children. This book makes it easy!
Dana Childress, M.Ed.
Thank you so much, Dana!
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