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PSA on Identifying Signs of Communication Disorders - English

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A baby's brain grows super fast.  Research shows the number of loving words a baby hears on the first three years of life makes a BIG difference."


Talking Tips from the Staff

Parents should use the "three t's" when engaging with their young children.  Tune in, talk more and take turns.  Tune in by paying attention to what your child is communicating to you.  This includes responding to babies' coos and cries with spoken language.  Get down on your child's level.  Maintain comfortable eye contact.  Show your child you are interested in what they are saying.  Talking more with your child using descriptive words to build their vocabulary.  Narrate your child's day.  "It's time to go grocery shopping.  Let's find our shoes.  Your shoes are pink!  My shoes are black."  And, so on.  Take turns by encouraging your child to respond to your words and actions.  Ask open-ended questions instead of questions that have a yes or no answer.   

Talking Tips from the Staff

Many of you know about the importance music and movement for effective learning.  Children participating with music and movement are having so much fun that many people may not realize what kids are learning.  Yes learning can and should be fun and motivating!

Parents will often sing songs with their children and clap their hands to the beat.  They may do that for the shear fun of it, but parents also need to know why these fun music games are so important.  Their children will learn many crucial reading readiness skills in the process:

1.  Rhyming
2.  Syllabication - knowing how many syllables there are in words
3.  Beginning letter sounds
4.  Many more skills

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Talking Tips from Staff
Science tells us that the more we engage with our children, the better they'll do later in school and in life.  Instead of talking as usual, try singing in a different voice.  Foe example, it's very funny to sing about getting dressed.  Sing, "I'm sliding on my shirt, jumping in my pants, " in a low voice.  You and your child can use familiar tunes and make up your own words.  When you're having fun, it's likely your child will be having fun too.  When you put new words into tunes and describe what you're doing, you're helping them make new and unusual connections.  These types of connections promote creativity.

PSA on Identifying Signs of Communication Disorders - Spanish

Talking tips from Staff

Here are some fun ways to talk math with your young child.  Talk about size, distance and shapes.  This helps children learn important concepts about measurement, space and shapes.  Being mindful of these concepts will help you talk to your child in ways that are intentional but still simple.  When you are loading groceries into the car, "This bag is heavy!  Can you hold it and feel how heavy it is?  As you're walking outside, "Wow, that is a big leaf! Can you find a smaller leaf?"  To talk about concepts like distance, "We have a long walk to the park, don't we?  Is the walk to the mailbox long or short?"  Begin pointing out shapes wherever you go, and your child will begin to do the same.  "The tires on our car are a circle.  Do you see something that's a circle?"  To use math language throughout your day you don't have to set aside extra time or buy fancy educational toys.  Just talk about the things you see, touch and do to build a valuable foundation for math. 

       Speech & Language Strategies to use at home to encourage communication
​       Self Talk          Parallel Talk           Repetition          Increase Opportunities           Simplify​
           Talk out loud       Talk out loud          Repeat words           Target the same          use short phrases
   about what       about what your       over and over              word all day             and sentences
     you're doing         child is doing

Talking tips from Staff

Peekaboo Box:  Everyday items make great toys.  Give your young child (ages 1-2) an empty tissue box and a spoon. Let them see you put the spoon in the box.  Do they watch?  Shake the box.  Reach in and take the spoon out.  Giggle.  Now, it's their turn.  Give them the spoon.  What do they do?  It's a simple game, yet your child is exploring a big idea:  objects and people still exist even when they are out of sight.  Although it will take until they're around two to really learn this, the practice is fun.  Play this game often.  For older children (age 4-5), when you're doing laundry, have your child help you match the socks.  Ask them to help you match them by size.  Then, change the rules and ask them to match by color.  Have a back and forth conversation about what you are doing.  Grouping objects into categories helps your child understand the world around them.  When you ask them to change the rules of a game (from colors to size), you're helping them think flexibly and not go on autopilot.   

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Researchers found that when mothers communicate with their newborns, babies learned almost 300 more words by the age of two than toddlers whose mothers rarely spoke to them.  That is why talking, singing and reading are so important.  Here are tips on everyday ways to interact with your young child.  Talk as you go about your daily routine - as you change her diaper, give him a bath, ride in the car or cuddle up for feeding time.  Sing from nursery rhyme songs or to your favorite tune on the radio.  Singing helps stimulate the brain.  Remember, your voice is your baby's favorite sound!  Don't worry that your baby doesn't comprehend what you're saying or singing - it's all about exposure to language.  Eventually, your baby will begin to make connections and understand that words have meaning.

Talking Tips from the Staff

Words All Around:  Your child learns from what you say and do, so read everything you can out loud.  Read signs outside, recipes or ads in a magazine.  Be sure to point! Do they imitate any of your words or sounds?  Do they point, too?  Go back and forth with them, pointing and reading out loud.  By introducing your child to different types of things to read, you help them make the earliest connections between written words and what they stand for.  This kind of back and forth conversation, even before they have words, is building their communication skills.  

From the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA): 10 talking tips in a Tech world because conversations & face-to-face interactions are key to children’s communication development.
1. Make tech-free times. ~Use this time to talk about your day.
2. Have tech-free areas in your home. ~Read books in your bedroom & talk during meals.
3. Plan tech-free activities. Cook, play games, & take walks together.
4. Make tech use a group activity. ~Look at apps & screens together.
5. Create special memories on the go. ~Talk about what you see & do.
6. Talk in person or on the phone.
7. Always practice safe listening. ~turn down the volume.
8. Use parental controls for safety. ~monitor your child’s tech use.
9. Use tech tools to balance tech use. ~set daily time limits. Schedule & track screen time.
10. Model mindful tech habits. ~your kids are watching your tech use & need your attention.

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Talking tips from Staff

One of the best ways that parents and caregivers can help children develop their oral language skills is through shared conversations with them.  Shared storybook reading provides an especially good way and time for conversations with children.  Talking and explaining about the story provides the basis for building children's understanding of the meaning of a large number of words, which is so important in their ability to comprehend what they read.

Talking Tips from the Staff

Did you know one of the most important ways to help children be prepared for school is simply to talk with them frequently?  The more words a child hears, the more prepared they are when they enter school.  By the third grade, children who hear more words tend to have bigger vocabularies, be stronger readers and perform better on tests.  Early childhood is a critical time in children's brain development; over 85 percent of our physical brain growth occurs in the first three years of life.  The great news is that this important way to support your child's brain development is completely free and can be done at any time and in any place.