Going for a walk, the Speech Friendly way

For parents, walking might be exercise or a chance to teach about nature.  But we want you to use taking a walk as a chance for your child to start a conversation about what interests her. Exercise and learning about nature are certainly important, but for now, shift your focus to the actions that will […]

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Itsy Bitsy Spider app

Play Itsy Bitsy Spider with your child to practice these Parent Skills: Use simple, grammatical sentences.  Use your voice. Let your voice get really low on the word “down” Start a conversation. For example, if your child notices the cupcake, that’s your cue to talk about cupcakes. Remember apps are not going to benefit your […]

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Guess Who? board game

Players 2 Play time 20 Min Age 6+ Reading None required Set up Adult assembly 15-20 minutes, first time only Classic games with your child’s favorite characters make great gift ideas. Hint to Grandparents… These special editions of classic games are a great way to give a gift that shows you know what he or she […]

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Candy Land game

Candy Land is a classic game that teaches… turn-taking following directions using pronouns colors It doesn’t require reading so it’s easier for 2 1/2 to 3-year-olds. Parents can also be on the lookout for conversation opportunities during the game, such as “Oh no. I got sent back. I feel a little frustrated.” Remember to pause often to […]

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

 Parent Skills: OWL: Observe, Wait, Listen Follow your child’s lead Sample interaction: Parent: It’s reading time! Pick out a book. (Wait while the child gets a book and gets settled) Child: Bear (as she/he points) Parent: He looks nice. Child:  Grrrr Parent: Oh yeah, he’s got claws. Pause. Then if child seems finished talking, read the […]

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