One of the first questions parents of young children who stutter often ask me is, “Should we talk at home about stuttering?” I often get uncertain , “We weren’t sure how to start the discussion”, or “we don’t want him to become self-conscious so we haven’t pointed it out”. And most of the time whenContinue reading “How to talk openly with your child about stuttering”
Did you know that learning to take turns is about more than just sharing? It lays the foundation for learning how to have a back-and-forth conversation. Taking turns teaches a child how to be an active part of a social interaction even when they’re not doing anything. It teaches them to wait, watch, and respondContinue reading “You Don’t Need Fancy Toys to Teach Turn-Taking!”
When adding new words to your child’s vocabulary, it’s important to understand the 5 components of language: Semantics(understanding the meaning of the word) Phonology(being able to say the sounds that make up the word) Pragmatics(Knowing when and how to use the word to communicate) Syntax & morphology (using the word in grammatical correct ways) ForContinue reading “3 Things to Keep In Mind When Teaching Your Child a New Word”
Keeping young children engaged in highly-structured language-building tasks can be challenging, especially when the task requires them to be seated in one place. However, staying seated in one place is by no means a requirement to work on language. In fact, you’re much more likely to have success working on language if you incorporate theContinue reading “Language-Building Play for Kids Who Like to Move”
As a parent stuck at home during this strange, unprecedented time, many of us are finding it harder than ever to juggle work, parenthood, and running a household! When we’re already spread so thin, thinking of new ways to work on language with our children can be a daunting task! Instead of finding new gamesContinue reading “For the Multi-Tasking-Parent: How to Build Language While Doing the Dishes”
Fill-in sets is a term I use to describe phrases like “ready, set,… go” that you can leaving unfinished for a child to fill in. For example, parent says, “ready, set….” and child fills in, “go!” Fill-in sets are a great way to stimulate language and they’re engaging for children because they are: – predictable – exciting (thinkContinue reading “Use Stacking Blocks to Teach Your Child New Words!”
In any activity we do, be it play or a simple home routine such as bath time, it’s easy to create opportunities for language use each step of the way! Here’s how you can break down the simple play routine of blowing bubbles to give your child lots of opportunities to use language! If theContinue reading “Use Bubbles to Build Language!”
Learn about ways you can support your young child who stutters.