child's word garden
A growing child’s brain is always building links – between sounds and images, emotions and experiences, tastes and smells.  An infant’s mental development is a matter of linking new information, feelings, and sensations to old.  Just like building an elegant palace brick by brick, each new part is built on a foundation of material that has already been put in place.  This building and linking of words, sounds, and experiences continues throughout our lives. Children are said to have a certain number of words stored... ...Read more

February 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills, Speech and Language Development
Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
Last week I was preparing a lesson for my “Sounds Fun” group. The group consists of 5 kindergarten students with identified listening challenges. Rhyming is one of our goals. So I pulled out the book Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein. Such a great book and old enough that the children in the group had never heard it before. They loved the book and especially the rhymes: a rat in the hat, glue on his shoe, a rose on his nose, and combed his... ...Read more

January 11th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills, Speech and Language Development
When parents are concerned about their child’s listening-learning-language development they often contact me to evaluate their child or to schedule a consultation. When asked, ”What are you observing that concerns you about you child?” most often they will respond ,”she has difficulty following directions”. What is really happening when a child can’t follow more than a one- step direction? The difficulty may be with auditory sequential memory; difficulty holding onto the amount of information and keeping the steps in order. The consequences of this difficulty... ...Read more

One of my favorite ways to “read” with children is with wordless picture books. You may ask, ‘how do you read a wordless picture book’? And that’s the beauty of it, because the telling of the story is up to the readers. The parent can be narrating the story or the child may be narrating the story… or even better, you can be narrating it together. ...Read more
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