Did you know that tongue twisters are one of the few types of spoken wordplay that are not only fun to recite but also are a great tool to aid in children’s language development?
Speech Development Blog
While many toddlers love to talk, some are a little more on the quiet side. Here are six ways to engage your toddler in conversation, and get them talking:
Parents will often ask speech pathologists, “How do you teach a child to…,” with various endings to that question. When the question has to do with speech and language disorders, very often it is not an easy question to answer. When it comes to getting a child to speak, it can get very complex and depends on so many variables.
Most of you use the following techniques while interacting with your babies and toddlers without realizing that what you’re doing is a certain technique. Some of these are indirect, meaning that there is no specific requesting of a response, and some of these are direct, which is a way of encouraging language and requesting that children imitate words or sounds.
As parents, we always have questions about our children’s development. What is normal? How can I help my child talk? Here are a few things I think every parent should know about speech and language development in toddlers:
We all have disfluencies in our speech. We use “um”, “uh”, “er”, and pausing, but what is stuttering? Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It usually begins in childhood, and in some cases, lasts for a lifetime. The disorder is caused by disruptions in the productions of speech sounds, also called disfluencies. While it is true that most people have these disfluencies from time to time, it isn’t a problem until they impede communication and a person produces too many of them.
Most parents that have a child who has difficulty with speech or language often hear the saying: “Wait and see, he’ll grow out of it”. They might even try to reassure you by saying that someone they knew different talk until….” Most all parents that enter their child into speech therapy will admit to some “wait and see” advice. This “wait and see” advice is so prevalent because sometimes, it is right. Unfortunately, it isn’t always correct and to those children that were given the extra time and did not grow out of it, have then lost precious time that has set them even further back from their peers. It is important to note that there are never any adverse effects from helping a child who might grow out if it, but there are significant risks to waiting on a child who will not.
If you’re child has been recently diagnosed or you have a suspicion that your child might have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are confused as to what this means, read these ten myths that surround this disorder and the scientific facts to dispel them. These two conditions are now both referred to in the medical community as ADHD.
Technology has become part of our daily lives as well as our children’s lives. Technology is so amazing in that iPad and iPhone application developers have created motivating apps that target many speech and language problems that some children face. SpeechTails is also compatible with the iPad and can be used when on the go as well. While there are literally hundreds of apps out there, here are a few apps that help target some specific speech problems such as improving or maintaining vocabulary, articulation, and pragmatic and language skills.