You’re The Storyteller: The Surprise
A FABULOUS FUN APP FOR DEVELOPING LANGUAGE AND NARRATIVE SKILLS
I need to tell you about my favorite storytelling app. In this delightful animated story, a boy brings home a stray dog and attempts to hide it from his mother. Using body language, facial expressions, …Read More
When children have trouble expressing their thoughts and feelings, they may show their frustration. Below are some suggestions:
Label the feeling you see. Validate it calmly. It is OKAY to feel a certain way. This gives them the vocabulary of feelings and demonstrates how to self-regulate and find a calm state.
The Pause That Refreshes
“I, er, uh, ummm, basically, actually, you know what I mean”.
How many times have we heard this? No, we don’t know what you mean? These are filler words that fill in for uncomfortable silences when we are not sure what to say or how to continue.
When we …Read More
Let’s Play Together
Play is how our children explore and learn from their environment. They learn amazing concepts such as:
Problem solving, planning and sequencing: they observe the world around them and figure out connections.
Body awareness: they start to know where their body is in …Read More
16 Gestures by 16 Months
Your child is communicating much earlier than his/her first spoken words. Gestures are social communication skills, which according to research, predicts the language ability of preschoolers 2 years later and academic success after that. Between 9 and 16 months, the child develops 2 new …Read More
Use An Effective Voice When Speaking and Presenting
Would you believe that?
…People who have poor speaking voices – ones that do not project and are grating – are almost unaware of this?
…Being tall and strong does not guarantee you a deep rich resonant voice?
…Women, …Read More
How long does language therapy take for children? Often on the phone with the therapist booking the appointment, even before their child first comes to the clinic, the parents want…Read More
An article in the Globe and Mail, April 28, 2016 discussed studies with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). While subjects were listening to hours and hours of stories, researchers were recording their blood oxygen level activity in the brain.
Speech and Learning Through Stories
The results showed that listening to stories …Read More
Elizabeth Renzetti, a journalist in The Globe and Mail wrote when watching the line ups for the Apple iPhone 6 that “many people were on their phones but no one was actually talking” (September 22, 2014). “Phones are not made for speaking anymore. In the Wall Street Journal it was …Read More