Category Archives: Babies

Reading Books to Babies and Toddlers

One of the tips I share with parents is to have books available to babies and toddlers. Have a basket or bag of books in whatever rooms you spend time. Usually the kitchen is a good spot so your child … Continue reading

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New Educational Toys to Build Language

One of my favorite relatively new brands in kids’ toys is Yookidoo. I was entertained at the International Toy Fair in New York City by the inventor displaying the new bath toys: “Flow and Fill Spout,” “Stack ‘n Stream Fountain,” … Continue reading

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How To Read to Your Baby and Toddler

Research shows the value of reading to your baby from day one. Infants are taking in language from books and hearing the rhythm of language as they do from conversation, activating brain cells that lead to eventual understanding and using … Continue reading

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Grandma Must Be Coming–First Words

I realized I am a full-fledged Grandma, known to the kids as Sheshe, when I packed my bag for North Carolina and had only a few items of clothing and the rest of the bag was filled with a baby … Continue reading

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Educational Toys–The Best of New York Toy Fair, 2009

I wanted to share some observations I made as I viewed my favorite booths, specializing in educational toys, books and games for the birth-8 year old set. In keeping with the economy, I saw some “downsized” versions of old favorites … Continue reading

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Early Diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech

Recently I seem to be getting calls to test kids from 2 1/2-3 years old who have had a history of speech therapy for about a year. Their original diagnosis had been “apraxic like speech” or apraxia. Now that they … Continue reading

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How To Raise A Bilingual Child-7 Steps

Many parents of newborns ask me about the best way to raise their child to be bilingual. Some parents ofr spouses speak a second language,  have relatives or a nanny available to talk to their child in another language. There … Continue reading

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Turn Off the TV When Toddlers Are Around—Could Impact Language Learning

Recent research, by Daniel Anderson, professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, looked at the impact of background TV while toddlers were playing. 50 kids aged 1 to 3 were observed for an hour of play, half in silence … Continue reading

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Build Speech Through Creative Play–Infantino Playtime Activity Center

Eight-month-old Caroline confirmed my excitement over the Infantino Playtime Activity Center. This pyramid of fun has four flat sides of entertainment–a mirror in the cat’s face, crinkly bugs to uncover under textured flaps, a jingle fish to swat in his … Continue reading

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Soft Dolls for Kid’s Creative Play and Speech

Two Year-old Will introduced me to Blabla dolls today. He was my “shopping buddy” as we visited one of my favorite stores, Airlie Moon, in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. We had talked about how we would point to what we … Continue reading

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