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
What toys will help my toddler talk, learn, problem solve, and play?
With the holidays around the corner, I know many of you are thinking, “I don’t want to waste money and buy just any trendy toy or character piece that my toddler will play with once then disregard.Read More
Do you have a delightful toddler?
Or, are you a fortunate professional, like myself, who works with charming, adorable toddlers?
If so, I bet you’ve heard or asked this question more than once:
“How many words does your child say?”Read More
The following is a list of common first words adapted from The Rossetti Infant Toddler Language Scale (2006) and from the research findings of Professor Leslie Altman Rescorla, the director of the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College. Rescorla's results indicate that there are 25 commonly used words that toddlers know, even those that are slow to learn language. This suggests that these words are worth targeting when working on language intervention for late talkers.Read More
How the Ok to Wake! Clock Can Improve Your Toddler’s Sleep and Language Skills I’m about to share something that may potentially change your life.
Okay. That might be an overstatement.Read More
Any Raffi fans here? If you were born in the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s, you may be familiar with the singer-song writer Raffi. He is well known for writing and singing many popular children’s songs. If you’re not familiar with Raffi, don’t worry. I too was unfamiliar with his music despite being born during one of those decades and still managed to have a very fine childhood. (Now I just ponder, what if?)Read More
How to Get My Toddler to Combine Words: Part 3 If you have a toddler and are trying to move him or her from single words to word combinations and phrases, please read my previous two posts titled, How to Get My Toddler to Combine Words: Part 1 and How to Get My Toddler to Combine Words: Part 2 .Read More
How to Get My Toddler to Combine Words: Part 2 Your child has finally started to utter some first words and is verbally communicating more and more. This is an exciting time…
…although time has passed and you've noticed that he or she is stuck at the single word level.
This post will help you take your child to the next level.Read More