21 Months – Helping your Toddler Create Phrases with Possessive Words

roman with his lightsWe recently did a post about building phrases with “me” and “mine” such as “my shoes”.  Your child is very observant and he or she is beginning to know what specific items belong to certain people.  Often many of us are (unfortunately) attached to our phone these days so a common phrase you may hear is “Mommy phone”.  The more they see us with an item the more they will associate it with us.                                                                                         

We like to start off with clothing since a jacket, for example, is something we wear every day in the fall/winter.  They may be imitating or spontaneously saying “jacket” or “coat”, but you can now begin modeling possession such as “mommy coat”.  Other things to target could be toys or other personal items.  For instance, you could choose something that belongs to them such as “Roman’s dinosaur”.  They may not say the ‘s part quite yet, but just to get them thinking about WHO it belongs to is a big step.  

These techniques have also been helpful with behavior.  Let’s say your child is trying to rip the papers of a magazine that you are reading.  To put an end to this behavior, you can say “This is Mommy’s magazine and this is Roman’s book… we read magazines and books”.  The more you use the same language, the more likely they will catch on, listen, and say it back!

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20 Months 2 Weeks – Creating “Uh Oh” Situations to Encourage Commenting 

Water spilledAs parents, we of course don’t love when a major spill happens or when our child is crying because they can’t get something out!  However, these situations often lead to lots of spontaneous language!  For instance, if water spills your child may say “Uh oh wet!”.                                                                                          

Blocks falling downDuring our speech therapy sessions, we love creating “uh oh” situations on purpose.  For instance, we may build a tower and then intentionally make it fall to see what the child says.  Or we may put a desired item in a jar, close the lid really tightly, and hand it to the child.  This gives them an opportunity to ask for “help” or perhaps use a descriptive word like “stuck”.  We advise parents to take a look at their day and think of a few instances where they can cause a structured “uh oh” whether it be during mealtime, bath time, or playtime.  It could be as simple as making an item fall down from the high chair and modeling “fall down”.  And if things happen naturally take it as an opportunity to model the appropriate language.  

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And great news – we have an “Uh Oh” iBook coming out soon, which will show videos of “things going wrong” to encourage commenting.  Be on the lookout!  

21 Months 1 Week – Using Size Descriptor Words

Roman Happy A great way to achieve 2-3 word phrases is to learn words other than nouns. This can include prepositions, adjectives, etc. This week we will talk specifically about using size descriptor words to expand phrases.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Roman big and heavyThe first step as always is modeling what you want your child to say. In terms of size, “big” always seems to stand out. Try to find huge items in the home or outside such as big chair, big slide, etc. to comment on.  A tip is to also make a big deal about it in order to emphasize it – “Wow look that’s a big moon!”. They may initially imitate the word “big”, so keep adding onto that word by verbally modeling such as “Yes it’s a big step”, “You’re right that’s a big orange”, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Roman loves targetOnce they get the hang of that you can target the opposite “small”.  We like to target this by starting with a big piece of fruit and cutting it up into smaller pieces to show them the difference. It’s a great activity to do with play dough as well! And feel free to use synonyms such as “tiny” when you’re teaching size. Other size concepts later on could be short vs. tall, wide vs. narrow, etc.

Kids Food Fest NYC March 6

Sunday March 6, 2016

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join Gift of Gab with Cricket Azima, Founder of The Creative Kitchen at the Kids Food Festival.

The Creative Kitchen presents the Kids Food Festival, a weekend full of flavorful fun at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park NYC on March 5th and 6th, 2016. The Kids Food Festival is a celebration to educate families about making balanced food choices to help create wholesome lifelong eating habits for both kids and parents. The weekend-­‐long event offers a host of family-­‐friendly activities including cooking classes, food demonstrations, live entertainment, the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt for kids, food sampling, giveaways, and more! The event is free and open to the public for General Admission. 

The Kids Food Festival collaborates with the James Beard Foundation to host hands-­‐on cooking classes for kids in the Future Foodies Pavilion. Tickets for the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1bLIb0U for $25 for one child and adult companion.

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Hands-On Speech & Social Development Workshop Series

We are very excited to announce that we are teaming up with @six_degreesofmom to bring to you the Exclusive Hands-On Speech & Social Development Workshop Series. It’s a 3-day workshop for Moms & Babies (6-14 months) and Moms & Toddlers (15-24 Months). We will focus on functional activities for #expressivelanguage #receptivelanguageand #play!

Moms & Babies (6-14 months) 

11 AM -12 PM Wednesdays (6-14 months)

2/24   Week 1:  Functional Activities for Expressive Language.  Imitation and turn-taking with sounds and motor actions (clapping, arms up), teaching gestures (waving, shaking head “no”), how to use sounds to request, how to encourage babbling/jargon/first words, going over “first sounds” (m, b, p) and tactile cues you can use on the face.

3/2 Week 2:  Functional Activities for Receptive Language.  How to get your baby to respond to their name, encouraging recognition of common words/people (shoe, ball, mama), following simple commands (“give me”) and basic concepts (“no”, “hot”).

3/9  Week 3:  Functional Activities for Social Skills/Play.  How to teach functional play (banging a drum), playing social games such as “peek a boo” and “hide and seek”.

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Toddlers (15-24 months)

11 AM -12 PM Fridays (15-24 Months)

2/26 Week 1:  Functional Activities for Expressive Language.  How to encourage sounds effects (animal sounds) and common first words (“milk”, “juice”, “me”, “bye”, “hi”,” no”), promote 2-word phrases (“mama juice”, “daddy up”), teach intonation for basic questions, going over normal articulation errors (final consonant deletion)

3/4 Week 2:  Functional Activities for Receptive Language.  How to follow 1-2 step basic and more complex commands (“Give me the ball” to “Take the book and give it to mommy”), learning body parts, identifying common objects in the environment, answering basic questions such as “What’s that?”, teaching basic quantity concepts “one” (“give me one block”)

3/11 Week 3:  Functional Activities for Social Skills/Play.  How to teach self-directed play (feeding mommy with a spoon), encourage relational play (puts passenger in car and pushes it, uses spoon to feed baby doll), pretend play performing action sequences (kisses the doll and then puts doll to bed), parallel play, importance of problem-solving toys (stacking blocks, shape sorter, nesting cups,), problem solving when an object is missing (let’s mix the food, but no spoon is provided), encouraging a sense of humor, favorite turn-taking activities (rolling the ball back and forth).

Sign-up requires a member referral so anyone who wants to join they can email invite@sixdegreesofmom.com with your name and Six Degress of Mom will send to you the JOIN instructions.

West Village NYC Workshop Series held by www.sixdegreesofmom.com

18 Months – Best Building Toys to Encourage Fine Motor Skills

Roman developing fine motor skills.

As speech therapists we are obsessed with building toys.  Not only does it encourage fine motor skills, but we also get a lot of language out of our children.  They can ask for “block” and “more”.  They can practice prepositions such as “on top” and adjectives such as “tall”.  Here are some of our favorites!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mega Blocks by First Builders

Mega Bloks by First Builders – they are big enough for tiny hands and your child can build the tallest towers without help!                                                                                                    

LEGO DUPLO My First Lego SetsLEGO DUPLO My First Lego Sets – these are smaller, but still appropriate for our toddlers (with supervision due to size!)… they are great since they have themes such as ice cream, transportation, animals, and lots more!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

WedgitsWedgits – we loves these due to the wedge like shape… it makes it easier to stack and children are mesmerized by them!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Magna-TilesMagna-Tiles – these are more appropriate for 3 and up, but we find that toddlers love that they are magnetic… you can show them how to build a tower or basic house – so many possibilities!  They’re also great on a light table since you can see through them!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Tegu Magnetic Wooden TilesTegu Magnetic Wooden Tiles – the key is magnetic AND wooden here – we love how they are made and they are easily manipulated by teeny tiny hands!  Paint one of your walls with magnetic paint and use these against the wall.