Category Archives: Strategies to Encourange Language Development

Congratulations to Pout-Pout Fish for Making the New York Times Bestseller List!

I got an e-mail yesterday from Deborah Diesen, the author of The Pout-Pout Fish, to let me know that her book had made it on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children’s Books this week! Congratulations to her and … Continue reading

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Talk to Your Child About What Happened at School to Encourage Language and Conversation

I have fond memories of coming home from school each day, delighted to see my mom, and reciting all that I could think of that happened at school that day. I think it was a bit of a game to … Continue reading

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Wait for Your Baby to Answer You, Pausing Brings Rewards

I have had several “extended stays” with babies lately. Much to my joy I have had grand babies and grand nieces visiting. I am reminded to take my own advice when stimulating a baby’s language. We know it is important … Continue reading

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Carefully Evaluate the Technology in Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Recently I have been challenged to think about the role technology plays in children’s toys, specifically for the baby and toddler set. I raised three boys in the video/computer age and saw how captivating these venues are to kids and … Continue reading

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Rock Music Lullaby Puts Babies to Sleep

When I visit babies in their homes, I always learn what “works” for different babies and families. Four-month-old Caroline’s parents picked up on their friends’ recommendation of playing lullabies fashioned to rock music to put her to sleep. It worked … Continue reading

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Do Kids Need Toys for Pretend Play?

I was visiting one of my favorite families yesterday in Charlotte. James, 4, Sam,2 and Molly,1, are being raised on few toys and a wealth of imagination. Last time we saw them, Mom brought a small suitcase of cars that … Continue reading

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Reading to Your Child Builds Bridges Between Generations

  I find that when my adult children come home for a visit they rummage through their childhood rooms looking for fun memorabilia. I had unloaded a box from the attic containing favorite childhood books in each of the boy’s … Continue reading

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Follow Your Child’s Lead in Pretend Play

It’s like magic when a child connects with a toy and the language flows. This week Will visited Connecticut as an almost 2 year-old and discovered She-She’s office (my room full of toys)! After selecting Winnie the Pooh’s house and … Continue reading

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Raising Strong Daughters: Get the Message through Reading

I love to find books that encourage girls to be all they can be. One series I like is Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Coyle, Gordon and Gordon. Once again, I was searching our public children’s library for treasures … Continue reading

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Toddlers and Preschool Children are Listening to Your Language

I love to have my “play on words” sessions with moms and dads of typically developing children because I pick up so many funny but poignant stories. Yesterday I met with Jack and his mom and dad. Dad is high … Continue reading

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