Building Early Language Skills

14 Mind-Powered Toys For Building Language With Preschoolers: Batteries Not Required

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Older toddlers & preschoolers learn by doing.  Children this age are in constant motion as they develop language & play skills. The emergence of imaginative play & interactive, collaborative play comes to life in preschoolers.  Start building your preschooler’s toy collection with these 14 must-have toys, and you will be well on your way to supporting the development of critical early language & play skills.

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Early Identification

Can You Identify The Early Signs Of Communication Disorders?

It happens every day. Parents wait and wait for those first words, but they just don’t come. Other times, a child is already using words to communicate but parents have questions about whether or not their child’s skills are developing at a typical pace. After some time passes, parents may visit a pediatrician to share concerns about their child’s communication skills but are told to “wait and see” if their child will “outgrow” the problem.

Another child’s difficulties with communication may not become evident until after he or she begins school. Maybe your child’s teacher notices that he is having some difficulty in the classroom. He doesn’t seem to follow simple directions, answer questions when asked, or interact with his peers in the same way other children do. Unfortunately, more often than not, weeks or months may pass before a referral is made, a screening & evaluation is completed by a speech-language pathologist, and a child receives the intervention & support he or she needs. These are common scenarios that happen all too often.

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Building Early Language Skills

3 Ways to Build Your Child’s Language Today

Baby Reading1.  Read.

Of course giving parents advice to build language by reading to their child goes without saying.  Or, does it?  For many families, fall is the busiest time of the year.  When life & school get busy it’s amazingly easy to forget to stop, find a quiet spot, sit down,  and read.

Reading aloud is not only a great way to reconnect after a long day, it is one of the best ways to naturally facilitate early literacy, language, & cognitive skills in a way that simply cannot be recreated by a TV, iPad, or any other learning toy on the market. Tap into your child’s natural curiosity about the changing leaves & the pumpkins on display at every store in town and check out these fabulous books for fall at your local library or bookstore.  Or read whatever interests your child at the moment.   Just remember to read with your child.  Every. Single. Day.

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Early Language Development

A Powerful Little Tool for Building Language: O.W.L (Observe. Wait. Listen.)

Baby MommySeems a bit counterintuitive to give a tip for building early language skills encouraging parents and educators to stop talking.  However, while this tip is simple, it can be  a powerful technique to build your child’s early communication skills.  Not to mention unexpectedly challenging.

Often when parents play with their children, in an effort to get their child talking, the parent ends up doing all the talking instead.  They ask questions.  They give directions.  They bombard their little ones with so many words that they quickly & unintentionally take over the entire interaction.

This is where O.W.L (Observe. Wait. Listen.) comes in.

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