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Encouraging Toddler Communcation

Photo credit: Melanie Elise Photography Watching our kids develop communication skills is so cool! Whether it is using sounds, words, gestures, or a cute smile, there are many different types of communication skills. You might find your self wondering, “what is it called when kids can understand something but they can’t say it yet?” or “what is it called when my daughter uses “w” for the “r” sound? This post will give you a breakdown of the different areas that make up communication skills or are related to communication skills and examples of what these areas look like in communication.…

10 Fun Ways to Support Your Baby’s Language Development

10 Fun Ways to Support Baby's Communication Development

Photo credit: Tricia Williams As a Speech Pathologist, I have received many great questions from parents on ways to support their children’s development. My first answer is usually, “You are already doing so many amazing things!” Simply showing our children love and interacting with them meaningfully can have a lifelong impact. There are also many quick tips that can help parents find more teachable moments in everyday activities. Young children are like little sponges soaking up new information. Meaningful parent-child interaction from the start supports the brain in developing strong neural connections that will form the basis for later learning.…

10 Fun Ways to Encourage Toddler Communication

Encouraging Toddler Communcation

Isn’t it amazing to watch your toddler’s emerging communication skills? Whether its words, gestures or sign language, your toddler is learning to express themselves, which is so exciting! Babies and toddlers are going through a stage of rapid brain development and this provides a wonderful time to interact with them in fun and meaningful ways that encourage their communication development. Your language input helps your little one’s brain create meaningful neuron connections to build a solid language foundation as they develop. Think of it as adding new branches to a tree, so the tree can grow more leaves and blossom…