The battle

Many parents have said to me “He gets so frustrated. I think once he starts talking it will get better.”

Sometimes that’s true, and sometimes it’s more than that. The good news? You can still help your frustrated child. Language development doesn’t happen overnight and we need solutions, like, yesterday!!!


Many of us are feeling a lack of control in our lives right now, and our kids are probably feeling that way too. They don’t have a lot of control in their day anyway. Giving them choices can help they feel empowered but also may help their cooperation with what you want them to do. We just need to be a little creative to make sure what we need them to do still gets done in the meantime. 

For example: 

  • It’s bath time, do you want to play with the cups or the foam toys?
  • We are having chicken for dinner. Should we have rice or potatoes with it?
  • It’s time to put on our socks. Do you want the stripes or the green ones?
  • It’s quiet time, do you want to rest in your bed or in your tent (this is the current situation in our house….

The point is not that they can opt out of the task that needs to happen but that they have some say in how it gets done and it can support their receptive and expressive language throughout the whole day!

Published by Dr. Miranda Wolff

I am a speech-language pathologist and I specialize in early intervention. I obtained my Masters degree from Penn State University and my Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professions. I have worked in a variety of setting but most of my experience is working with preschool aged children. I thought I knew so much about that age and younger until I had my own children! I'm a proud mother of two wonderful boys and while they can be a challenge at times, they help me develop new skills and new ways to approach language development in a functional and motivating way I would never have truly grasped without them. I started this blog in an effort to share and support others while their little ones are growing and learning and also to support my fellow SLPs. I hope you find my posts helpful. My goal is to provide practical ideas and suggestions because I know first hand that setting out to do anything that isn't functional or motivating for you and your children won't give you the results or satisfaction we all hope to obtain while working with our little ones.

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