Early Language Development

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6 Things I Learned from my Facebook Group for Parents- Guest Blog Post

As Speech and Language Therapists we have a lot of knowledge about many aspects of child development. But we can often take that knowledge for granted, and we aren’t always aware of what families do and don’t know when it comes to speech and language development. Here’s 6 things Kim from Activity Tailor unexpectedly learned …

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Tips for Increasing Preschool Attention Spans- Guest Blog Post

This is a guest blog post from Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP (Aka. Activity Tailor). Kim is sharing all about her top tips for increasing preschool attention spans. Time after time, I have families come to see with a toddler/preschooler with concerns about a language delay, but additional concerns about attention. Some of these families have …

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What are the Benefits of Baby Signing?- Guest Blog Post

As Speech and Language Therapists in Early Intervention, we know that introducing signing can have a positive impact on children’s communication skills. But some parents/caregivers may be reluctant to introduce baby signs with their child due to concerns about it stopping them talking. Today I’m sharing a guest blog post by Laura Black, a paediatric …

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How to Explain Communication Milestones to Parents & Caregivers

“How many words should a 2 year old be saying?”, “When do children use their first words?”, “How can I help my child’s language skills?”.These are questions parents & caregivers often search online, and questions we are regularly asked as Speech and Language Therapists (Speech-Language Pathologists).  Part of our role as SLTs/SLPs is to support …

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Engaging Activities for Encouraging Symbolic Sounds and Exclamatory Words

Symbolic sounds and exclamatory words often come before children’s first words. In this blog post, you’ll learn 8 engaging activities for encouraging symbolic sounds and exclamatory words in your early intervention sessions. What are symbolic sounds and exclamatory words? Symbolic sounds and exclamatory words are sounds/words that are short and easy to produce. Many symbolic …

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Easy Ways to Encourage Verbs During Daily Routines

Verbs are a key part of language development. In this post you’ll learn about why verbs matter, the benefits of coaching caregivers during daily routines, and three easy ways you can encourage verbs in daily routines during your parent-coaching sessions. Why do verbs matter? As therapists, we know that verbs are a crucial part of …

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Top Tips for Encouraging Gestures in Early Intervention Sessions

The development of gestures is a crucial prelinguistic skill; gestures are precursors to language development. In this post you’ll learn 3 of my top tips for encouraging gestures in your Early Intervention sessions. What are gestures? Gestures are hand/body movements or facial expressions which are used to intentionally communicate without using words. Examples of gestures …

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5 Awesome Books for Teaching Body Parts

Books are great, aren’t they? I love that you can target a range of different goals with books. And really love that you can coach parents and caregivers to use language facilitation strategies while reading books too.   In this post you’ll learn about 5 awesome books for teaching body parts vocabulary in Speech and Language …

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6 of my Favourite Early Language Strategies to Coach to Caregivers

Coaching parents and caregivers to use early language strategies that support their child’s language and communication skills is a highly effective therapy approach.  In this post you’ll learn all about 6 of my favourite early language strategies to coach to caregivers in my Early Intervention sessions. General Language Stimulation The 6 early language strategies you’ll …

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3 Engaging Activities for Teaching Early Verbs

Children with language difficulties need specific support in developing their language skills. In this post you’ll learn about 3 engaging activities for teaching verbs in your early intervention Speech Therapy sessions. Why is it important to teach verbs? As therapists, we know that verbs are a crucial part of language development.  Children’s early vocabulary is …

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