I have a follow up story to my last post about books and why they are holy. I work in a school district whose students come from low income homes. I have really made it my quest to emphasize the importance of book reading so that parents understand the many wonders that books (not I-pads) … Continue reading A Follow-Up on Books
Most of us adults forget how as children we often had music and singing around us on a daily basis. I remember as a child being sung nursery rhymes likes Humpty Dumpty or Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by my grandmother. I don’t think my grandmother, or anyone in my family for that matter, is … Continue reading Singing: What It Does for Speech & Language!
A speech therapist working with a bilingual family recently reached out to ask what advice to give the family on how to support the goals they have for their bilingual child’s language development. Often their child is asking for or responding to questions in English rather than in the home language. The parents want to know … Continue reading When my Child Responds in English
When you begin to ask if your baby's language is on target, we speech therapists, ST’s, ask you to compare your child's speech and language to common communication milestones to see if your child has met them. Although each child is different in how soon they begin to use words or speak in short phrases, … Continue reading Is My Bilingual Child’s Language On Track?
I created this post to help you with two questions we often hear as speech therapists: Why is my child having difficulty speaking clearly? Will exposing my child to two languages make his speech worse? When I discuss speech sound development, I assume most parents know this as articulation. When you see that your … Continue reading Bilingual Children and the Sounds They Make
An effective way to support your child's language development in your native language is with books! Here is information on how to find appropriate books and how to really engage your baby or toddler in reading to support their language development. A common question I get from parents is, “At what age should I read … Continue reading Books and bilingualism for Baby & Toddler!
Today I had the wonderful opportunity to speak on Laura Mize's podcast, Teach Me to Talk. She is a speech therapist I very much admire and whose podcast I have listened to for years. Listening to her podcasts has given me so much information on working with our birth to three population. These last few … Continue reading Podcast Episode on Teach Me to Talk
Help Your Child Be Bilingual If you want to teach your child with a language delay to speak two languages but were afraid it wouldn’t be possible or even worse, could be harmful, you’re in for good news! Learning two languages is possible and beneficial for children with language delays. Here is what the research … Continue reading Bilingualism and the Child with Language Delays
Many parents become frustrated when they want their child to speak English and their native language but their child shows interest in learning only English. Many children choose the path of least resistance when it comes to learning two languages and usually choose to learn the language spoken by the majority of people in the … Continue reading Teaching Your Child Your Native Language