Entries by Lisa Vanselow

Rhyme Time: 10 Books to Teach your Child Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness refers to an understanding of the sounds of language, specifically in reference to distinguishing subtle differences between sounds. Examples of phonological awareness tasks include detecting rhyme and alliteration, deleting sounds (e.g. “say “bat” without the “t”), and identifying sounds in words (e.g. “what’s the first sound you hear in bat?”). Phonological awareness skills […]

Our 10 Favorite Speech and Language Apps for Kids

Apps can be a great way for kids to practice a variety of skills.  Read on for information on our top 10 choices for speech and language apps for children! App Name Focus Age Group Description Purchase/Download Info Peek-a-Boo Barn Lite Spatial concepts (in, on, under, next to) Animal sounds Vocabulary (animals names, open/shut, barn) […]

Strategies to Boost you Child’s Memory

There are two general types of memory strategies: Internal strategies refer to ways to retrieve information more easily by thinking about something in a different way, whereas external strategies refer to ways to compensate utilizing mechanisms outside of your brain to help you remember information. Depending upon the situation, one strategy may be more beneficial […]

5 Activities to Help Your Preschooler Become a Reader

Learning to read is an intricate process that begins during infancy and continues through the first few years of elementary school. Part of this process includes awareness that words are made of up of sounds; and that those sounds correspond to letters. Here are some suggestions to encourage literacy development in your preschooler: Point out […]

10 Ways to Increase Your Toddler’s Language Using Communication Temptations

These communication temptations were adapted from Warren & Yoder (1998) to facilitate a child’s need to communicate in a variety of contexts. For example, the goals of the following exercises are to convey emotion, initiate conversation, make requests, make comments and ask questions. Making Requests & Asking Questions: Withholding food/toys: Eat a desirable food and […]

Bilingualism: What to Expect And Tips on How to Implement it

People who communicate fluently in two languages are bilingual. Learning two languages will not cause a child to have speech-language difficulties. Bilingual language learners follow the same pattern of language acquisition as children that are learning one language.  For example, toddlers that are in the process of learning one language should produce their first words […]