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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!

Be on your child’s level

This sounds simple; and it is.  When you want to encourage  more and better communication from your child, be on their level. It’s best to be at your child’s eye level.  This way, he can see your face and you are less intimidating.  Sit on the floor, put him in his high chair, or  pick him up.   Not only will he be able to see you better, but you will be better able to see and hear him, too.

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