Mr. Potato Head

This is a blast from the past for most parents.  Yes, you can still buy Mr. Potato Head.  He also has a wife and kids.  Mr. Potato Head’s brother, really likes Star Wars.  Mr. Potato Head dresses up for Halloween and is a super hero.  In his old age, he has become quite the Renaissance man! Mr. Potato Head is cheap and fun.  Kids love it.  I have two: a boy and a girl.  When I take them out, kids can’t get enough. This toy allows you to interact with your little one.  You can work on listening and speaking.  Your child can: name the body parts direct you to put various parts onto the potato follow directions to find parts that are placed around the room wait for a turn take a turn use describing words (blue hat or yellow hat) make choices (boy or girl, lips or teeth) answer

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My child doesn’t talk. I wish he could tell me something.

Maybe he already is telling you something. Just not with words. We get our point across in many ways. A quick glance to let a friend know not to say something. A facial expression to communicate disappointment. Pointing to a preferred item when we have laryngitis. Grabbing someone’s hand when we are scared. Handing your spouse the bottle that you cannot open while continuing to talk about other things. These ways of communicating are all without words. We are not talking but we are conveying a meaning. Help your child get his point across. Interpret his non-verbal communication. If he hands you the remote control, does he want to watch TV? If he throws himself on the floor, maybe he doesn’t want to eat the broccoli. If he walks to the cabinet where the popcorn is kept then looks at you, give him the popcorn. If he grabs your hand

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The Very Sleepy Sloth

I found a great book to work on S blends:  The Very Sleepy Sloth. This cute book about an adorable, but snoozy sloth, is loaded with S blends.  Practice words like: sloth sleepy slow snooze speed strength swing spring If your little one is struggling to pronounce the S plus the other sound in the blend, try a visual cue.  Put your hand on your shoulder and slowly move it down your arm towards your hand while saying SSSSSSSSSS.  When you reach your hand, clap your hands for the next sound:  L, N, P, W, etc.   Practice the S blend words first, then try reading the book with the S blends.

When should my child say sounds?

There are ranges of normal with sound production.  The 24 consonant sounds can be broken into three groups of sound development:  early, middle, late. Early 8 Sounds Emerge and mastered between the ages of 1-3 m, b, y, n, w, d, p, h Middle 8 Sounds Emerge and mastered between the ages of 3-6 ½ t, ng, g, k, f, v, ch, j Late 8 Sounds Emerge and mastered between the ages of 5 -7 ½ sh, s, th (in think0, th (in these), r, z, l, zh   Adapted from Shriberg’s Order of Speech-Sound Acquisition

What is recasting?

Recasting is a form of corrective feedback.  It is used often in speech and language therapy.   Recasts can be focus on pronunciation, on grammar, or on vocabulary.  After a recast, repetition is not expected. Recasts may sound like this: Child:  Wawa. Mom:  Water, you want water. Child:  I runned fast. Mom:  You ran very fast.

What’s the point?

Who’s in the know to a preschooler?  The person doing the pointing. New research shows that pointing at items helps children know what is important.

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Fishing Game

  I love “old school”, quiet toys. Melissa and Doug always deliver in the “old school” department! This brightly colored, ocean scene draws kids in. They can’t wait to get their hands on the puzzle. Then the kids learn that there is a fishing rod. Look out! This puzzle is easy for most children. Catching a fish isn’t too difficult. The puzzle is interactive and invites conversation. It is a great way to work on describing words (big, red, squid), to learn new vocabulary (turtle, stingray, sea horse), and verbs (I caught a fish!, She has the turtle.) Pick one up today. Happy fishing!

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