Category Archives: Language

Questions From Parents About Reading and Speech

What if my baby isn’t interested in looking at a book? I met a mom who sang the story to her three-month-old baby, after reading didn’t work. Her baby paid attention with the extra stimulation of music, changes in pitch … Continue reading

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Teaching Parents a New Way To Read to Their Kids

Want to hand parents a concise, show and tell book on how to read to their toddler without actually reading? “The Big Book of Explanations” simply but comprehensively coaches parents on how to elicit gestures, speech sounds, and words with … Continue reading

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Try Tangle Toys for Attention and Sensory Integration

When I was in the press room (the only place to find a ready chair!) putting my feet up during the Toy Fair 2011, I bumped into a colleague who reviews toys too but from an Occupational Therapist’s viewpoint, as … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Language, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Toys | 1 Comment

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest Baby of them All?

When I was visiting my son, daughter-in-law and 2 week-old Caroline, I asked Mom what she wanted to know about language at this infant stage. She replied that she would like to know what kinds of things to be doing … Continue reading

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A Parent’s Guide to Teaming with the Schools to Build Language

As parents enter the world of special education, the PPT meeting, to plan for your child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) can be daunting. I have had the opportunity to be on “both sides of the table”, representing the school district … Continue reading

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9 Tips To Get Your Child to Talk About Her School Day

Getting teenagers to talk and confide in their parents is a hot topic. But face it. These communication skills should be modeled and practiced from the time your child is very young. Don’t we all want to hear about our … Continue reading

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A Lot of Play for a Little Dough

Parents are always asking me to recommend the best toys for their child’s age. They are tired of spending money on toys that end up in the toy bin, ignored and a waste of money. Since I spend several hours … Continue reading

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Tips To Get Your Toddler Talking

What a jump, from first words at a year of age, to saying little sentences at two. Your toddler has a tall task ahead of him to absorb the world of language and learn how to make his wants and … Continue reading

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Best Valentine’s Day Read-Alouds

Hang out for day with a child, and you realize that Valentine’s Day is everyday–filled with love and hugs overflowing. Capture the spirit with a fun picture book, whether chasing a kiss through the forest, freely dispersing hugs through a … Continue reading

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Combining Yoga and Speech Therapy for Learning Through Movement

As Speech-Language Pathologists, we know that movement and language go hand in hand. Many of us co-treat children with an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist, benefiting both disciplines. Speech-Language Pathologist, Christine Ristuccia, creatively developed “Learn-With-Yoga ABC Yoga-Cars for Kids” merging … Continue reading

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