“Another year over and a new one just begun…” – John Lennon
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.
Bye 2015 and HELLO 2016!
Quick year in review:
- I’ve been a busy bee treating clients in my private practice. Seeing clients always makes me happy and provides great insight and inspiration for my writing. Admittedly, though, it’s very hard to research techniques, treat, write, and market when you’re a one-person business.
- I published my second book Learning to Read is a Ball.
This interactive picture book about balls includes an extensive, step-by-step parent guide to help parents, early educators, and fellow speech language pathologists, develop oral language, phonological awareness, and print awareness. These skills are the building blocks for future academic success. Researching, illustrating, and writing this book was a great labor of love. In many ways it’s a book ahead of its time. If you would like to learn more about Learning to Read is a Ball, please click the highlighted blue link.
- Our daughter, our little blessing, continues to melt our hearts and make us smile and laugh while simultaneously turning our hair grey! I was hoping to report news of a rainbow baby but unfortunately I’ve had more loses (total of 4). I’m naturally upbeat and effervescent but recurrent miscarriages (occurring for unknown reasons!) can really take the wind out of one’s sails. Each loss is painful and heartbreaking. It can also be lonely…if you let it be. I’ve slowly learned that maintaining a positive and upbeat attitude is essential. It’s the only thing you can control. You control your attitude. Each day, I say a prayer, get out of bed, and embrace and appreciate everything and everyone I have. I also surround myself with loved ones who lift me up. If you have experienced losses like me, I hope you’re fortunate to have a compassionate and supportive village.
Well, enough about that…
…here’s to 2016!
Here are my top 10 posts of 2015 based on popularity:
A peek at what’s to come in 2016:
- MORE Videos!! So in 2015 I only created one video for the My Toddler Talks website, but I managed to create 6 videos for Scanlon Speech Therapy. Here they are if you’re interested in taking a look:
- Build Vocabulary with Synonyms and Antonyms
- How to Make Connections While Reading with Your Child
- Vocabulary Development: How to Use a Describer Reading Style
- Ocean Themed Summer Books for Language Learning
- How to Perform a Fun and Effective Read Aloud
- Help My Child to Read Series: Going on a Picture Walk
- Even More FREE worksheets and handouts for my newsletter subscribers. I think I did a nice job creating free worksheets and handouts for my readers in 2015. I will continue to bring you helpful handouts and will design them specifically for parents, speech therapists, and educators. If you like them, can you do me a huge favor and share them with your family, friends, and clients?
- Lastly, I have been working hard on another project. I’ll share more about it in the upcoming months! Please stay tuned.
I’m hoping that 2016 will be an amazing year for both you and your families, as well as for us!
Interested in reading my top posts from 2014? Please click here.