Well, I disappeared for a bit! Not intentionally but time got away from me. Sometimes there is just not enough time to do much of anything outside the necessities.
The best advice I got when I had my second child was about making time for my older child, special “just us” time. It might only be 15 minutes on a particularly crazy day but it still has importance.
This time is wonderful for language growth. It gives you a chance to really get a peek into your child’s interests so you can develop vocabulary around those interests. More importantly, it might give you context for those things they have been trying to say that you just simply can not decode.
So, put the phone away for 10 minutes and intentionally and enthusiastically play however your little buddy wants to play. It’s therapeutic for everyone involved.
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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