Do you Know your Child's developmental growth stages or milestones for language development?
Knowing these milestones as your child grows will help you determine whether or not your child's language development is on track. It helps you have a better understanding of your child's behavior and if you should be concerned about his/her language and communication.
Hey Parents and Caregivers! Did you know that YOU are your child’s best teacher and best advocate? You may or may not realize it, but your child has been learning from you since they were in the womb. Did you know that babies can hear the environmental sounds and their mother’s speech patterns before they are even born? It’s true! And when they are born, babies respond to their mother’s native language more than to a foreign language!
If you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language development, know that you are your child’s best teacher. In the first few years of life, your child will learn more from you than anyone else.
Using daily routines to develop your child's speech is an effective approach in helping your child learn.
Reading to your infant or toddler is important for so many reasons, but did you know that how you read to your child matters? Interactive reading, or shared book reading, is not just fun for parents and children, it can foster development of early speech, language, and literacy skills. Interactive reading involves so much more than just reading the words in a book - take a look at the strategies below for some ideas!
Most people know that a child typically says their first word around 12 months old. Would you be surprised to know that there are many developmental milestones that occur before 12 months old which are key indicators of a child's language development? All before that first word emerges! Let's chat a bit about early language development - about everything that typically happens before we hear that first word. These milestones are so crucial - maybe even more important than the first word!
Late language emergence (late talking) is a common concern for parents, and one that is easily treatable. Unfortunately, many doctors, teachers, and other trusted resources continue to give outdated advice, encouraging parents to "wait and see" instead of obtain a speech-language (or multi-disciplinary) evaluation. But the evidence is overwhelming: early intervention (EI) is one of the most efficacious types of treatment available.