Tips for SLPs

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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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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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4 Super Simple Language Strategies to use at Mealtimes

Coaching caregivers to use language strategies during mealtimes is a great way to support young children’s language skills. In this post I’m sharing 4 simple language strategies you can coach parents and caregivers to use during mealtimes. Why should we use language strategies at mealtimes? Mealtimes are one of my favourite times to coach parents

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A Simple Guide to Toy Rotation for SLPs and Parents

Toy rotation has a huge range of benefits for young children, and is a great system to help manage clutter and improve play skills both at home and in your Speech Therapy room. I’ve shared this simple guide about toy rotation for SLPs and parents to help you get started today. What is Toy Rotation?

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My Favourite Hack to use with Inset Puzzles in Early Intervention

I love using inset puzzles in my Early Intervention sessions. They’re perfect for little hands, and you can encourage so much language with them!  In this post I’m sharing all about the little “hack” I always use that never fails to encourage even more language when I use inset puzzles in my Early Intervention sessions.

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How (and Why!) to Encourage Playfulness in Daily Routines

As Early Intervention therapists, we know there are huge benefits to coaching parents and caregivers to use language facilitation strategies during daily routines. But we also know that children learn through play too. So I like to encourage playfulness during daily routines, as a way to maximise on the benefits of both! Benefits of coaching

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