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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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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Children who are Learning English as a Second Language

In this excellent article, Lauren Lowry answers how parents can help their child learn English as a second language. She shares the following tips: Children learn best during interactions with responsive caregivers so watch for opportunities to respond with interest in daily interactions. Children learn words for the thing that interest them so when your […]

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American Pediatric Association suggestions on Apps

You can read the entire policy here, but if you simply want to skip to what Parents should do, read on. Use apps and eBooks as an activity to do together; don’t leave children alone to play. Watch educational TV shows with your children and use the content for conversations. Turn off your own laptop […]

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