May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!
No better way to celebrate than to learn a couple tips on how you can help support your child’s language development!
- You are your child’s best model! Narrate your day to your child. For instance, if you’re at the supermarket, talk about what you are buying or going to make. Expand what your child says by adding missing words or correct their grammar. For example, your child says “daddy goed” you can say “Yes! Daddy went to the store!”
- Create opportunities! Now that it’s getting warmer go on trips to the zoo, park, aquarium, museums. There are lots of language opportunities in new places! Ask your children about what they see in these exciting places! For example, if you’re at the zoo you can say “I see a zebra, what do you see?” Exposing your child to the world is one of the most important things you can do.
- Give your child choices. During mealtime, snack time or playtime, hold up 2 items your child likes and ask them to choose. This promotes greater independence for your child!
- Read to your child. Read and re-read books to your child, especially books with repetitive text. This promotes better language skills & future reading success!
- Sing to your child! Sing and re-sing! Incorporating music into daily routines can help support language development! For example, during clean up time sing “clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere” or when baking with your child narrate what your doing through song.
- Have fun! Helping your child explore their imagination through pretend play can help support language development! For example, act out being a chef in the kitchen or a conductor on a train.
Our Featured Guest Blogger: Carly Rolnik M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist working in the New York City area. She received a Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. Carly works with toddlers, school-age children and adolescents who present with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation disorders, autism, apraxia of speech, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and phonological delays. Carly is PROMPT trained. She has also received extensive training in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), Talk Tools; Oral Placement Therapy (OPT), Beckman Oral Motor Protocols, Sounds in Motion (SIM) and Story Grammar Marker (SGM). Carly supervises new therapists and conducts trainings and workshops for therapists, parents and teachers.
Feel free to contact her with any questions!