Tips for SLPs

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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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The Importance of Routines in Early Intervention- Guest Blog Post [Part 1]

Today I’m excited to share the first post in a 2-part guest blog post series from Rebecca at @Connect.Explore.Enrich all about the importance of daily routines when working in Early Intervention. Now, over to Rebecca… Routines play a key role in a child’s development As an Early Intervention Specialist, I spend most of my days …

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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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Supporting a Child’s Independent Play Skills- Guest Blog Post

As Speech and Language Therapists working in Early Intervention, parents and caregivers often ask how they can support their child to engage in independent play at home. Today I’m sharing a guest blog post by Kerry from @the_play_planner and she’s sharing 7 tips for supporting and improving a child’s independent play skills. Independent play time …

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3 Reasons to Remove the Batteries from Battery-Operated Toys

As Speech and Language Therapists we tend to consider ourselves as quite the toy connoisseurs. We can often have strong opinions about toys and which are the best toys to encourage language skills. Open-ended toys vs close-ended toys, battery-operated toys vs toys with no batteries… phew- the opinions are strong. But parents & caregivers don’t …

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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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Tips for Coaching Caregivers: How to Increase Caregiver Engagement

Parent/caregiver engagement and participation is crucial to the success of the parent coaching approach. But occasionally you may meet a family that appears disengaged during therapy sessions. In this post you’ll learn how to increase parent/caregiver engagement in your parent coaching sessions. What is parent coaching? Parent coaching (aka. coaching, or caregiver coaching) is a …

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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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