Category Archives: Language and Social Skills

Teaching Turn Taking

Toddlers need to learn to take turns. It is not an innate skill. At this age, toddlers are all about themselves and their own needs. It is hard to think of the needs of others and appreciate the fact that other children need a turn on the swings or a turn while playing a game....

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Toddler Language Hacks

Trick your toddler into talking. Make him giggle. Be silly! Here are some tips to engage in conversations, make your toddler ask for what they need and keep your toddler engaged while making him belly laugh at the same time. Put your toddler’s shoe on his hand or his pants on his head while dressing...

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When to Talk to Your Toddler

Talking to you toddler all day long can be exhausting, but it is just so good for your toddler’s development! Here are some video clips of examples of how to talk to your toddler in different situations to encourage new learning. When out for a walk: Talk about what you see, ask “wh” questions such...

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Language and Communication- Letters and Numbers

Letters and numbers are all around us and such a great thing to teach to children who are getting ready for pre-school and kindergarten. It might seem like kindergarten is far away, but the concepts she learns now will form the foundation for learning during her school-age years! Here are some suggestions for adding to...

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Adding Words to Your Toddler’s Vocabulary

He is learning his vocabulary from your vocabulary. The words that you speak around him become his language. You can constantly add to his vocabulary and help him to express himself by talking to him all day long. Here are some specific suggestions: Narrate your child’s play, describing what he does. Talk about colors, shapes,...

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Serve and Return

The amount of words spoken to your toddler by you and other caregivers is a strong predictor of future literacy and academic skills, but recent studies are showing that this back and forth conversation (called serve and return or conversational turns) is even more important than we originally thought!  During toddler brain studies, the back...

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Your Toddler, the Clown

“Clowning around” is actually an important part of development! Babies do not inherit a sense of humor, it is learned and we can help them learn this by making them laugh and laughing at them! Now that your toddler is more interactive, they are noticing that when they do something silly, you laugh. Your toddler...

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Toddlers Are Taking it all in!

Your young toddler is understanding more than you think. Their ability to understand, or their “receptive” communication is actually very developed at this point and will only get better. She is even picking up on your non-verbal communication and subtle cues. She still has a very limited vocabulary and is only able to articulate a...

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5 R’s of Healthy Brain Development

The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child has found that babies brains make over one million new connections per second! That is so many new connections that their brain will literally double in weight in the first year. There are many concepts that go into healthy brain development, but there are five key ingredients...

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Can a Twelve-Month-Old Think Logically?

The latest research is telling us that our little scientist in the crib can, in fact think logically before they can even talk. Maybe your baby was expecting daddy to walk in, but mommy walked in the room instead and he noticed this change in what he predicted. The latest research published in Science magazine...

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