HELPING YOUR CHILD TO TALK | Introduction to the 4 Steps

Learn the four steps to help your child talk: 1-Set the Tone: Be agreeable and assertive 2-Create Shared Interests 3-Define What You Expect 4-Be Aware of Your Reactions Help your child achieve their potential. Many times, it is the parent, and not the child, that limits a child’s potential. This…


School Success

The single best indicator of school success is communication. If children enter kindergarten with age appropriate communication skills, they usually do fine. How do you help your child achieve communication competence? It is pretty simple. Mainly, if you talk to your child, show interest, and play…


Lift a flap books by Karen Katz

I came across these short, fun, colorful, lift a flap books by accident.  They have quickly become some of my favorites.  The children (ages 2-5) that I work with love them too.  They are charming for children and adults.  As most parents know, children enjoy hearing the same story again and again.…


I Know An Old Lady

The classic children’s tale, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” has a fun, new twist! In I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie,  a skinny old lady brings a pie to Thanksgiving dinner. She is hungry and can’t wait for dinner so she eats the pie. She isn’t full so she moves on and on until……


Silly Sally

  This delightful book is a fun way to practice speech sounds and language skills.  This repetitive line  story book tells the tale of  Sally is who is joined by various animals as she travels to town-backwards and upside down.   Since the lines repeat, even non-readers can retell this story…


I spy with my little eye

I spy a learning opportunity! I grew up playing eye spy on family road trips.  You know the game.  The "spy" says, "I spy with my little eye something..." and then describes it.  The other player has to guess what the item is. I love this game and play it a lot in speech sessions.  It is a great…


We all scream for ice cream!

It’s hot out there so scoop up these cool toys for some fun. These sets are great to teach sharing and politeness.  There is a lot of vocabulary to learn:  flavors, scoops, strawberry, cone, and cup.  You can talk about your child’s play focusing on school readiness concepts like location words,…


Happy birthday from Karen Katz

It's Baby's birthday, but where is his cake?  Karen Katz brings us another great book:  Where is Baby's Birthday Cake? This book makes learning like a party...FUN!  Kids love lifting the  flaps to find Baby's birthday cake.  They want to hear the simple repetitive lines again and again. Use this…


Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

Hello, reader! Did you love Hello, Animals!?  Do you want more?  Then check out Hello Bugs! This board book follows the same format as Hello, Animals! It has great black and white illustrations of adorable bugs.   The words are simple, repetitive lines:  ”Hello, bug”.  Each page also lists sounds…


Research: Babies Practice Talking Silently

More research to back up why you should talk to your child. Babies silently practise speaking way before they talk