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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Anytime is a good time to talk

Anytime is a good time to talk, but you’ll need to learn a few new skills and maybe break a few old habits.  Research has shown that children learn language best from interested caregivers in the course of daily, familiar activities. You — as mom, dad, grandparent, or caregiver — are better than a trip […]

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Good Night Gorilla

It’s bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who’s that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin? Excerpted from Amazon Parent Skills you can practice in Goodnight Gorilla Child: Ball (pointing to the ball in the cage) Following your child’s lead Parent: […]

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Hullabaloo

Cranium Hullabaloo, the Game of Tunes, Twists, and Topsy-Turvy Fun Cranium’s first electronic game, Hullabaloo is the most innovative, exciting kids game in decades, mixing music, sounds, and voice and getting kids thinking, laughing, and moving all around High-energy, topsy-turvy fun combines elements of beloved classic games like hopscotch, Simon says, and musical chairs — […]

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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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