Posted: November 28, 2018
Posted: October 29, 2018
Reading with your child for at least 15 minutes every day right from birth is one of the best ways to help his language develop and set the stage for school success.
Posted: September 26, 2018
Can you believe it's already time for kindergarten registration? ...
Posted: September 19, 2018
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
1. Combine water, oil ,salt, cream of tartar, food colouring in saucepan over medium to low heat.
2. Remove from heat and add flour.
3. Stir then knead until smooth.
* To make Pumpkin Spice Playdough simply add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and orange food colouring only!
Note: Cream of tartar will make the playdough last for six months
Always store playdough in airtight containers with lids.
Posted: September 12, 2018
A parent recently asked about ways to help her child learn prepositions. Laura Mize, Speech-Language Pathologist from "Teach Me to Talk" gives excellent advice on this topic:
Toddlers first begin to understand prepositions in the context of familiar directions and then say prepositions as single words before they include prepositions in phrases. This last skill occurs by 30 to 33 months. Prepositions to be targeted include: in, out, off, on, up, down, here, and there. Other sources also list under, by, and around by 3.
Remember, a child must first understand these words before she says them. Here's some information for making sure she's on track with understanding new prepositions/location phrases –
Toddlers with typically developing language understand the following prepositions by age 3: in, out, off, on, up, down, here, there, under, by, and around. Lists vary by source.
As in the previous developmental period, teach these words during context while playing using objects to demonstrate the concept. With typically developing children these words are often learned in pairs as “opposites” such as in vs. out, off vs. on, and up vs. down. However, it may be necessary to teach one concept at a time to a child with significant delays to avoid confusion.
Using a favorite character for the child to manipulate is a very effective way to teach prepositions. If a child loves her Elmo doll, use Elmo to teach location words in silly and unexpected situations. Hide Elmo under the pillow. Make Elmo run around the train track. By introducing more creative teaching methods, you’re ensuring that a child pays attention, wants to participate, and increases the likelihood that she’ll remember the new concept and word. You’re also encouraging her to be flexible when she plays and to generalize the word beyond one specific context.
One fun way to target prepositions is to use the child himself to model each concept. Place him in a laundry basket and then take him out. Climb on the couch, and then jump off. The playground is an ideal place to teach prepositions. Go up the ladder and then down the slide.
While you might label and point out examples of prepositions/location words while reading books or using pictures, please don’t rely on this as your primary method of teaching this important word category. At some point, a child’s comprehension might be assessed using pictures, so be sure a child recognizes these concepts in pictures after he masters locations words with real objects.
If you have any questions or concerns, about your child's speech-language development, or would like more suggestions on ways to help expand your child's vocabulary and language skills, call Talk With Me at 623-6363.
Posted: September 10, 2018
Strong preschool language skills are the single best predictor of school success. Intervention is most effective before the age of 3 years. If you have questions or concerns about your child's speech or language development, call the Speech-Language Pathologists at "Talk With Me". ...
Posted: August 24, 2018
Earlier this month, Talk With Me-Restigouche and their partners in the Healthy Child Network held their first Super Summer Spectacular Event. Several families were in attendence and participated in the fun, yet educational activities!
Posted: July 27, 2018
The Speech-Language Pathologists at Talk With Me (ASD-N) have recently completed a 3-day workshop in Moncton to become certified trainers of Learning Language & Loving It™ - The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood Educators/Teachers (LLLI). The program is for educators who wish to receive coaching and specific communication and interaction strategies they can immediately incorporate in their daily routines and activities with the children they teach.
Here is a comment from an educator in Toronto who attended the LLLI Program:
"I have learned so much about language and communication development in young children through the Learning Language and Loving It™ Program. The changes I have made in my style of interaction and communication with the children have resulted in changes in the children that are quite evident”
A review of the research for the program attached to this note.
Please contact us if you would like more information about the LLLI program, or if you would like to know when it will be offered in your region!