Category Archives: TalkTips

Advice from an expert on how to improve your child’s speech and language, and how to generally make communication better

First words

He wanted to say something. He was staring at me with those big, grey eyes, blinking like a baby kitten. He had even made noises like one, a mewing sound I’ve heard before from voiceless young children. His mother told … Continue reading

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A whole year

Wow. It’s been a whole year since I last posted. It is likely that I am now truly writing into a void. But, I feel that it’s never too late to return or start over. So here and now, today, … Continue reading

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First day of school

It’s the first day of preschool. I walk into the room, baby bath toys under my arm, ready to teach the shining new students an important lesson: body parts. We are more than just a sum of our parts, true, … Continue reading

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We are all friends at school

Being a speech therapist has made me incredibly aware of the words I choose to use. Instead of telling children what not to do, for example, I always phrase my statements toward what they should be doing. “Keep your shoes … Continue reading

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Making Connections

Related to what I was pondering yesterday, but shaped by the activities of today, I write. Part of my job is to have my students tell stories and to analyze how they communicate their thoughts/ideas. I also assess how well … Continue reading

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How do you say Valentine’s Day?

Celebrating Valentine’s – or should I say, Valentime’s – Day at an elementary school is an experience no one should miss out on. You wake up, don your red-and-pink Valentine’s Day garb, and walk onto a campus to be greeted … Continue reading

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A little guy said

One of my kiddos has autism, and he cannot talk about something if he doesn’t see it. He’s a quite intelligent 4-year-old, as long as the object is in sight. But he is the proverbial “outta sight, outta mind.” It’s funny, … Continue reading

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