Language Rich Outdoor Activity Center for Toddlers

Hello Speechbaby friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, for no reason other than my busy, energetic, curious and often naughty speechbaby himself. Raising a toddler is many things, but boring is not one of them. Anyone that has spent time with a toddler would surely understand. It’s non-stop and demanding. I’m not complaining because it’s […]

MAKING THE HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE A TODDLER LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE

Most every weekend I find myself in a home improvement store (usually multiple times a weekend) with my toddler and husband. My husband is like a kid in a candy store in home improvement stores and I typically follow him around like a lost puppy. Oober bored. Flowers and the gardening section are pretty much […]

USING SOUND EFFECTS TO ENGAGE BABIES IN COMMUNICATION

Speech and Language Tip: Use lots of sound effects in everyday communication with babies! I often work on helping kiddos make environmental and animal sounds in my speech-language therapy sessions. Sounds make activities more entertaining and fun. Making sound effects grabs babies attention and interest. Both of which are needed for learning. Sound effects also […]

TEACHING ARTICLES OF CLOTHING TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Language Tip: Teach babies about clothing! Dressing babies is a big part of their lives. It’s done multiple times a day, so it’s a great time to incorporate the language of dressing. Incorporating language with the task of dressing helps babies make connections between the words and the items. This is how they learn that […]

TEACH BABY TO DRINK FROM A STRAW!

As a speech-language pathologist, I often recommend straw drinking to the families I work with to improve speech and articulation skills. So, when it came time to teach cup drinking to my son, I decided to go with straw drinking. Why??? Straw drinking promotes tongue strengthening and coordination and develops an overall more advanced motor […]