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What was your little one’s first word⁉️✨ When teaching first words, consider.. 💡high frequency power words or “big bang for your buck” words that can be used across many contexts- mealtime, playtime etc! This will help your child to become a more effective and functional communicator. (Check out my activity deck for more on this!) 💡Think about your child’s biggest motivators! If your child loves cars- teach CAR, GO, STOP, BEEP, etc! 🚗 Most SLPs agree that we should focus on functional words before colors and letters but if your child is MOTIVATED and wants to talk about colors and letters.. go for it! This category will look different for every child! I’ve had first words be anything from “Two” to “E!” Before (to request / label puzzle pieces) Communication requires motivation! ✨ 💡Social words like “hi”, “bye” and “look!” (Hint: it might sound like “wuh!”or “wook!” at first) when they point to something for you to see are great to use when fostering interactions. 💞 💡People words are fun & functional too. Plus, who doesn’t want to hear your little one say “mama” or “dada”🥰 💡Don’t forget about health & safety words so that we can be teaching our little ones how to express pain or tell when something is wrong. Start the receptive process of helping your child point to body parts you name ASAP! Receptive (understanding) comes before expressive (talking!) 💡Fighting words because all behavior is communication! Ask yourself “What word would they say if they could?” What was your child’s first word?! . . . . . #toddlermom #toddlerlife #toddleractivities #lifewithatoddler #toddlermommy #happytoddler #lifewithtoddlers #busytoddler #toddlerproblems #toddleryears #toddlerlearning #toddlerofig #toddleractivitiesathome #toddlermoments #toddlertantrums #toddlerboys #toddlermoms #toddlerclass #activitiesfortoddlers #momofatoddler #toddlerlogic #toddlertimes #parentingtips #firstwords #parentinghack #parentingbook #parentingguide #speechdelay #speechtherapy #babymilestones

GIVEAWAY TIME! 🎉 I have been loving using my Yoto Player with both my son at home and with the little ones I treat for speech-language therapy. It is such a fun & screen-free way to engage little ones whether working on sound imitation, comprehension or storytelling! And with this adventure jacket (love our blue one shown here!), you can take it anywhere! I’m so excited to partner with @YotoPlay_US, a screen-free audio platform that puts kids in control of their listening, learning, and play. One lucky winner will win: ✨ A Yoto Player ✨ An Adventure Jacket (winner can choose color) ✨ An Assortment of Language/Phonics Cards To enter: 1. Follow @YotoPlay_US and @Learnwithchatterboxes 🥳 2. Like & save this post! 3. Tag 2 friends in the comments below (each tag counts as another entry, so the more people you tag, the better chance you have of winning!) 4. Share on your story for an extra entry! Giveaway closes on May 23rd at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be announced on May 24th at 12:00 pm EST. Open to US and CA residents only. Entrants must be 18+. This giveaway is not associated with, endorsed or sponsored by Instagram in any way. #Yoto #YotoPlay #AudioTime #giveaway

It’s year 2022 and sometimes I still get reprimanded for bringing out the dollhouse during a little boy’s speech-language therapy session or the cars and trucks during a little girl’s session. I explain the ✨why✨ & what I’m working on and usually it’s ok, but still.. Do we not want boys to grow up learning how to care for others? Do we not want girls to learn how things work and learn functional vocabulary that’s applicable to them too? Toys aren’t gender specific but the way they’re marketed are. Double tap if you agree ❤️ Don’t get me wrong- my son is obsessed with trucks and all things that go but he definitely has a dollhouse, cleaning set and babies in rotation too. What’s your child’s favorite toy? . . . . . #playallday #toddlermama #toddlertoys #toddlerplayideas #toddlerplaytime #openendedplay #playbasedlearning #babymilestones #babyplayideas #speechdelay #latetalker #speechtherapist #speechtherapy #speechlanguagepathologist #occupationaltherapist #childdevelopment #raisinglittles #raisingthefuture #parentingishard #motherhoodunplugged #toyideas #playideas #toddlermommy #speechtips #momhacks #speechtherapytips #attentionspan #toddlermommy #learningthroughplay #handsonlearning

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Gestures require motor skills & can help predict language skills! They are communication & are SO important. Children can begin to use gestures as early as 8 or 9 months of age, however, some gestures can take longer to develop and some gestures may differ across cultures. Additionally, gestures can predict language outcomes. "Research with young children indicates that the development of gestures from 9 to 16 months predicts language ability 2 years later, which is significant because preschool language skills predict academic success." Here are 3 tips for getting your little one to use gestures: 1️⃣Pair gestures WITH a word by saying them at the same time. This makes it easier for your child to learn the meaning of the words and gestures. Remember motor imitation often comes before verbal imitation so they may attempt to imitate the gestures before they say the word! 2️⃣Give and show items to your child while interacting with them and model using various gestures. When your child uses a gesture, acknowledge it by copying it and saying the word that matches the gesture. 3️⃣Sing songs that use gestures and hand movements to make using gestures fun! Some of my favorites include "Wheels on the Bus", "Itsy Bitsy Spider", and "Open Shut Them." 4️⃣ If your child is having a hard time with gestures, try adding a cause and effect element to it. For example, do the universal sign for truck honking 💪🏽 before beeping the horn or demonstrate waving bye before closing a jack-in-the box toy. Which gestures are your little ones using? Which gestures have been trickier to learn? See stories for more!! Gestures By 16 months.

How old is your little one and how do they like to play & attend to language?! Let’s give each other some more ideas in the comments!! ⤵️ To build your little one’s language skills from the start ~ PLAY with them & swipe to consider these ✨easy to implement✨ strategies on slide 2. Play and language go hand-in-hand ~ “Play and language are interconnected, but how exactly? To develop language for meaningful communication, children must have mental imagery, representational and thinking skills (Westby, 1980). Children must be able to represent reality with symbols. Play skills must develop to a certain level before the corresponding language skills are possible (Westby & White, 2014).” Language development starts long before a child can talk. Babies attend to your voice, communicate in their own way, and understand language wayyyy before they can use language! I thought I’d share both of these graphics together since I’m often asked “what can I do with my 4/6/8/10/12/15 etc month old?” The truth is, language ✨should✨come pretty naturally with a first word emerging around a little one’s first birthday, at least 10 words by 18 months & at least 50 words by 24 months. But if it doesn’t ~ no worries! An SLP can help. Let me know how old your little one is! What’s their favorite way to play & attend to new words?⤵️ . . . Graphic info modified from Rosetti Infant Toddler Language Scales

Is your child stuck on saying single words? If so, try these tips! Children usually start to combine words once they have 30-40 independent and spontaneous words that they’re using for a variety of communication purposes (to request, comment, protest, label etc). This is because more communication purposes can usually equate to different types of words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc) and children need different types of words in order to produce mini phrases and sentences! Sentences aren’t made up of just nouns right!? Additionally, the ⭐️milestone⭐️ is that they should start staying 2 word combos by 24 months. In order to say 2 word combinations, they have to be combining 2 separate thoughts and be able to say each single word independently of one another. For example, “thank you” and “love you” - we only count those as 1 word as they represent just one thought. But “hi dada!” Or “my truck!” can both count as 2 words. Make sense? Let me know some of the words your child has and weather or not if they say 2 word combos yet! ⤵️ See stories for more info! And… If you’re looking for activities to do with your little one to work towards getting more functional language, check out my play and say activity deck! . . . #latetalker #toddlerparenting #parentadvice #tipsforparents #earlydevelopment #parenthacks #parentinghack #momlife101 #parentingtip #playbased #speechdelay #parentsupport #momhood #momshelpingmoms #lifeasamama #momlifebestlife #learnlanguages #raisingtinyhumans #momtips #mindfulmama #parentinggoals #parentsofinstagram #playtolearn #simplymamahood #parentinghacks #parentingwin #lifewithlittles #speechtherapy #playmatters #parentingtips

✨If you want your child to start working toward saying phrases and sentences, they MUST know verbs (action words)! Think about it - 2 word combinations usually consist of two different types of words (ex: noun+verb)✨ One of the best ways to teach verbs is not only through play, but also narrating what you’re doing through your daily routines. “I’m WIPING you!”🧻”let’s WASH your face!” 🛁 Remember that before a child will say verbs, they have to 🌟 understand 🌟 them. ❓I’ll try to round up a list of some of my favorite books and songs for teaching verbs, but let me know if you have any favorites below! ⤵️📚🎶 *note: these verbs are in no particular order for teaching. I just included high frequency verbs that are likely to occur throughout your child’s day pretty often!

Is your child interested in learning colors? 🌈 Yay or nay? I actually recommend we ✨wait✨ until a child has more functional language UNLESS colors are a special interest to the child. There’s no one size fits all! Teaching colors can be a process!🟡🟢🔵🔴 When teaching colors, saying color words over and over may do the trick for some kids, BUT, here is a more hands-on & concrete way to make it stick If your little one is having a hard time. Before we can expect a child to accurately name/label colors, they ✨must✨ have a good understanding of colors. 1️⃣Have child sort colors OR color match. Doing this allows them to categorize & file the separate color info in their brain & also helps serve as a visual cue. Be sure to add colors in gradually… sorting 62 objects into 5 color piles to start may be too visually overwhelming and too challenging! Maybe start with 6 objects and 2 colors or so!🧠 2️⃣Have them point to the color that YOU name (receptive (understanding) comes before expressive) Again, don’t ask them to “find yellow” in a sea of 10 colors to start. Start with 2-3 and gradually add more! 3️⃣They begin labeling the colors and mastering them in their expressive language! Some colors may stick before others. You may need to repeat all steps again for mastery of each individual color. (Hence if “blue” is the only consistent one!”) Let me know how you like to teach colors!! My son used to love sorting tiny transportation beads & blocks (I’ll show in stories)

If you want your child to start producing more phrases and sentences, they first have to produce verbs! 🏃🏼‍♀️ 🛌 In addition to acting verbs out, labeling them when looking at pictures/books, singing them, pairing them with a gesture or sign & following directions with them, you can use this strategy that we call using verbal routines. Verbal routines are words that are said the SAME way during the SAME event or activity, consistently! 💯 🛁 They become predictable as children anticipate the words associated with a routine event. They help enhance receptive language (understanding) skills, expressive language skills, and can also help make transitions easier.💕 Common examples of verbal routines are statements or songs such as “ready, set, go” or “Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share!” 🎶 BUT, many families have success in creating and using their own verbal routines. One mama I know says “Shake your booty!” while the little boy dances. She is able to use the fill in the blank strategy with him by saying “Shake your.....” and he will say “Booty!” 😂 This strategy is SO effective as it gives kiddos context and helps pull words out. Check out my stories for more info on this strategy. What are some of your favorite verbal routines to use? ⤵️

Isn’t this the truth 😂 how much of your child’s speech do YOU understand? How about an unfamiliar listener? I was getting ready to make and post a graphic about what % of your child’s speech should be intelligible (able to be understood), but a ✨NEW study✨ came out a few months ago & I'm still wrapping my head around how to apply to the littlest ones I work with. 🤯 We used to say that: ⭐️ 25-50% should be understood between ages 19-24 months ⭐️ 50-75% should be understood between 2-3 ⭐️75-90% should be understood between 4-5 ⭐️ 90-100% should be understood by age 5 ‼️BUT This new study I’m referring to cites limitations of previous studies & states that “General rules of thumb for intelligibility of multiword utterances, based on data for the lowest performing typical children, are as follows: (a) By 4 years, children should be at least 50% intelligible to an unfamiliar listener; (b) by the 5 years, children should be at least 75% intelligible to an unfamiliar listener; and (c) by just over 7 years, children should be 90% intelligible to an unfamiliar listener.” (Husted et al., 2021) Obviously this is quite different info than what we’ve been going off of and I’m not sure what to make of it 😂 That being said- Here’s the big picture about speech intelligibility (ability to be understood) and what it means for us and our kiddos: A familiar listener - (like mom & dad) is going to understand more than an unfamiliar listener. With context, kids are better able to be understood. Kids should be becoming more intelligible as they grow, with a lot happening around age 2.5. “The age of steepest growth for the 50th percentile was 30–31 months for both single-word and multiword intelligibility and was later for children in lower percentiles.” (Husted et al., 2021) 🗣Now tell me - How much of your child’s speech do you understand vs others and SLPs- what do you think of this new research?! Meme credit to @adrogotti (See Stories for link to free article)

When working on communication skills with a kiddo, we need to look at the ✨whole✨child. As an SLP, one of my favorite parts of my job is co-treating with occupational therapists. For this post, I’ve teamed up with @toritheot to help you think about behavior in a different way. Let’s peel back the layers and figure out how we can help your child to feel more regulated, and from there, we can teach language! All behavior is communication and behavior regulation (aka self-regulation) doesn’t happen overnight. So, what is behavior regulation? ⭐️ It’s using self-control to behave in appropriate ways. ⭐️It’s managing our impulses, emotions, attention and behavior in ways that help us to stay calm, focused, and alert. ⭐️It’s staying regulated and dealing with things that overwhelm our bodies - for example: sensory overload, fatigue, difficult tasks or distractions. ⭐️Behavior regulation develops gradually during childhood. Some children are able to cope with daily stressors more easily than others. ⭐️If a child isn’t regulated, it may be more difficult to get the words out. Additionally, if a child’s little body is overwhelmed and not regulated, they might be communicating: ⭐️”I need a break!” ⭐️”This is wayyy too hard!” ⭐️”I’m exhausted!” ⭐️"There is wayyy too much going on in this room right now.” ⭐️”I need to burn off some energy because my body is too fast” Looking for some regulating tools? Try adding in heavy work! Heavy work provides the body with a good dose of proprioceptive input, a great tool to help calm the nervous system. You can try encouraging animal walks, climbing activities, crawling through a tunnel and pulling things, such as a wagon, just to name a few! So, look at that behavior and TRANSLATE IT. What sign or word can we teach? How can we help their little body? Do they need a movement break? A deep pressure hug? Let’s look at the 🌟WHOLE🌟 child.

✨Around a baby’s first birthday, they say their first word or word approximation.✨ What is an approximation?! Well - Words don’t have to sound perfect in order for them to count as words! We count them as long as they are said: 1. for a reason 2. without a prompt (so not in imitation of you) 3. consistently As SLPs, we are trained to know patterns of sound substitutions and omissions that children might say and we know which vowels are harder to say (like the vowel produced “eye” in “hi!” for example) Here are some concrete examples: 🌟I once worked with a sweet mommy who thought her son was being sassy & telling me “Ha” everytime I said “hi” & waved to him 😍 🌟If your child is pointing or reaching and saying “dih” ... /D/ for “th” is the phonological process of stopping & your child is probably saying “THIS” while deleting the final consonant too. 🌟If your child is grunting while gesturing to be picked up, are you able to model an “UHHHH-P!” with your mouth open for the vowel to shape that grunt to a vowel? Could be a word they’re trying to say here too! What was your little one’s first word or word approximation?! . . . . . . #toddlermom #toddlerlife #toddleractivities #lifewithatoddler #toddlermommy #happytoddler #lifewithtoddlers #busytoddler #toddlerproblems #toddleryears #toddlerlearning #toddlerofig #toddleractivitiesathome #toddlermoments #toddlertantrums #toddlerboys #toddlermoms #toddlerclass #activitiesfortoddlers #momofatoddler #toddlerlogic #toddlertimes #parentingtips #parentinglife #parentinghack #parentingbook #parentingguide #speechdelay #speechtherapy #babymilestones

Double tap if you have a pandemic baby & you’ve been a tad concerned about their social language skills? But ya know what’s just as important as their social skills? Their ✨self-advocacy skills✨ Let’s them to use their voice! 💫 Protesting with STOP or NO is a super important communicative function. 💫 “Mine”, while it sounds bossy, is the first step in standing up for themselves. 💫”I need a break” when sensory overload is occurring can take awhile to master but recognizing when your child needs a change of scenery or some calm down down time and modeling the language can go a long way. And for social skills - What can we do to foster social language from the start? ✨work on social greetings like “hi” and “bye” ✨model “look!” while pointing or “come here” to teach a child how to initiate/ request attention ✨when your child notices another child falling or getting hurt, model “we can say, are you ok?” ✨”my turn” and “your turn” can go a long way as we introduce pronouns and attempt the concept of turn-taking (anyone else struggling with this lately 🙋🏼‍♀️). Turn-taking is an important part in learning to have a conversation! Think about it- you talk and I listen, I talk and you listen! ✨expression matching in the mirror when we make a happy, sad or angry face is a fun way to start labeling emotions! Questions/ comments/ thoughts? Let me know! 💕 #parentinghacks #parentingishard #momlife #momlifeisthebestlife #momssupportingmoms #momssupportmoms #toddlertips #toddlerhacks #mommingainteasy #earlyintervention #languagedelay #languagedevelopment #playideas #babyplayideas #toddlerplayideas #toddlerplay #toddlerplaytime #parenting101 #latetalker #neurodiversity #autismacceptance #mynameismama #parentingguide #speechdelay #speechtherapy #babymilestones #toddlerproblems #toddlerlearning #toddlermommy #toddlerlife

Double tap if you’ve had a long week! 😂 & let me know if you have any other fun “lazy” games to add 😝 I love this series by @heartilyart that reminds us that playing with our kids doesn’t have to be ✨high energy✨ I would also add snuggling on the couch to read books & pausing the tv to talk about what’s going on for co-viewing screen time are A-OK 👌 While laying down, you could also: -play “I’m thinking of an animal” and have them ask you yes/no questions about the animal in your brain 🐸 -have them describe something that is on your back - you try to guess what it is! 🚗 -sing a song and have them “fill in the blanks” as you pause frequently ⭐️ -challenge them to build a fort around you. Challenge them to describe and sequence how to make one. 📦 -play a game of search and find. Have them find something you describe (ex: find something that is blue, find something in the shape of a square, etc!) 👀 What are your weekend plans?!

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