Day: January 11, 2023

Should I teach a second language to my child if she/he has a language delay?

  Yes! Children who have language delays have the capacity to learn more than one language, especially when they are very young. Research has shown that bilingualism does NOT cause a language delay or disorder. Some children who are exposed to more than one language may experience a “silent period,” in which they demonstrate limited verbal communication as they spend time observing and listening to the sounds and structures of the second language. The “silent period” can occur from approximately one month to six months, depending on various factors such as the child’s exposure to each language or his/her age; However, it is important to note that the presence of a “silent period” does not indicate a language delay or

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Silly Songs to Share with your Kids

    Music can be a fun way to help your child develop their language, motor, and memory skills. The rhythm of the music and the repetition words can not only help them build their vocabulary, it can encourage them to try sounds or words they might not attempt while talking. Most parents probably know the classics like Old McDonald and Itsy Bitsy Spider, so here are a few suggestions of silly songs you can add to your repertoire.  Links are provided just to help you learn the tunes and actions because these are songs you and your child should sing and act out together!   I’m a Little Snowman- sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”, it

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Five SLP Techniques You Can Use at Home

Here are 5 common techniques used by speech-language pathologists everywhere, that parents and caregivers can use when practicing with your little ones at home: 1. Give Choices: Instead of asking your child a yes/no question (“Do you want juice?”), ask an either/or question (“Do you want juice or milk?”). This will encourage their use of more vocabulary. 2. Simplify Language: Keep it short, clear and concise. If your child has difficulty comprehending language, this can help with understanding. You can still expand your child’s sentence structure without being too wordy. Instead of, “Do you want to go in the kitchen with me to bake some chocolate chip cookies?” try, “Let’s go bake some cookies!” 3. Wait Time: If you ask

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