I recently read a quote that came across a feed in one of my social media sites that read, “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” As a speech-language pathologist I truly believe this statement and have seen it to be true both with my own children and in my clinical practice. Language has the phenomenal power to unlock access to knowledge through academic learning and books, to allow creation and imagination to flourish through play and art, as well as to build and nurture the bonds of friendship with another person. Regardless of the topic (art, science, math, music, technology, friendship, etc.) the stronger a person’s language skills are, the better they are at accessing information from the world around them and providing their own great contribution in return.
Helping children to have a wide and rich vocabulary is one of the most important things we can do as parents to ensure they develop strong language skills. In the post I wrote prior to this one entitled Vocabulary in The Early Years: Facts and Myths All Parents Should Know I describe why vocabulary learning is so important in the early years and how a child’s early language abilities are related to long-term academic and social success even into adulthood.
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Can you believe it? Another year has come and past and with the chill in the air you know that the holidays are just around the corner! It is only November and already I have seen many toy lists posted online with suggestions for what to get kids this Christmas season. There are lots of lists out there that look great but I feel like I keep seeing the same ideas over and over again. So this holiday, I am inspired to do a post about all the new, fantastic toys out there that may not be found on the typical Christmas list, but should be!
I love all these items listed below because I have found they are fun for both boys and girls, they stand the test of time so kids will play with them for years to come, and of course, they encourage the development of strong speech, language and literacy skills.
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Parents of toddlers are familiar with statements like, “I don’t want to!”, “Let me do it!” or “NO!”. Children may suddenly breakdown into tears, they might scream, throw or even hit. These are just some of the things I have experienced with my daughter and why I decided to bring my professional knowledge into our personal life.
I am a speech-language pathologist. In my job I assess and treat children with language disorders and I take behaviour into consideration on a daily basis. I know from my training that language and behaviour go hand-in-hand. Let me explain.
Behaviour regulation is the ability to have control over the way we act. It involves managing our feelings and attention, even during stressful environments. This skill develops over childhood and environmental stressors may affect each child differently. One child may do nothing if their toy is taken and one child may hit.
Studies show a strong connection between children who can regulate their own behaviour and their language skills.
- Toddlers who have larger vocabularies are better at self-regulation
- Preschoolers with strong behaviour regulation skills show better literacy and vocabulary skills
- Kindergarteners with language delays have poorer behaviour regulation skills
This research suggests that children with strong language skills are better able to cope with their environment in more socially appropriate ways.
Sounds good! So, how EXCATLY do I help my child? Here are a few things that have worked at our house.
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