March 13, 2015

5 Ways to Promote Language with Your Toddler at Snack Time

Your busy schedule and an on-the-go mindset can make it hard to set aside time for language and listening development. Snack time is a great time to take a few extra minutes to sit with your toddler and encourage language. Here are five ways to help make snack time into a language activity. Give Two Options. Ex. “Do you want an apple or a banana?” Provide your toddler the opportunity to name the food item rather than a simple yes or no question. Sabotage. Give your toddler the snack in a child-proof container or the wrong snack. This will encourage […]
April 6, 2015

3 Ways You Can Promote Language Through Reading

Reading or looking at picture books with your children will encourage natural language learning. Reading a book together gives your child practice sharing joint attention or a common focus with you, which is precursor to language development. Reading with young children also helps them to develop pre-reading skills (holding a book right side up, turning the pages sequentially), which gives them a strong foundation to become readers themselves. Below are 3 tips to maximize your child’s language learning through reading. Talk about pictures. While the text in many books may be simple enough to read as written, you may choose to “read” with your child […]
May 11, 2015

4 Ways to Help Keep Baby’s Hearing Aid or Implant On

It’s critical for babies and toddlers to wear their hearing devices as often as possible, yet we face one obstacle – keeping them on! Little ones are constantly exploring and on-the-go, and since there’s no stopping that, here are some ways to help keep their hearing aids/ implants on. 1. Bonnets/Pilot Caps A pilot cap or bonnet prevents a baby from being able to take their hearing aids out. Companies specialize in making them for hearing aids and cochlear implants so that they are designed to not cause feedback. Some websites include www.hearinghenry.com and www.silkawear.com. 2. Wig Tape Wig tape […]
June 16, 2015

How to Make Cleaning Up with Your Toddler a Listening Activity

SING A SONG: Pick a song to sing with your toddler each time you clean up. Over time, as you start to sing, stop before the last word and use auditory closure to allow the child to finish singing the song. SORT BY COLORS: Have your toddler clean up sorting by colors. Encourage them to find only one color first while you find another. AUDITORY MEMORY: Ask your child to find two or three objects to put away first. Continue to have them listen for which objects they can bring you. (Ex. “Can you put the lion and the monkey […]