At the Goddard School in Kennesaw GA , we love helping our toddlers and preschoolers strengthen their speech and language development. This is a very critical part of their development growth as they grow out of infancy and enter the toddler age. When a toddler is able to communicate to their peers or adults around them, it greatly eases their frustration. Therefore, for educators and parents, speech and the ability to communicate is high on our radar during those years. Going into our preschool years, the power of communication is the foundation to their developing their curiosity and learning all that we surround them with as teachers and parents.
Speech and Language Development Parent Seminar
Recognizing this, as a school, we organized a seminar for our parents to help them with what to expect at the different ages from birth to 6 years. Mrs. Christine Law is a licensed Speech-language Pathologist with over 10 years of experience in working with children from birth through school age. We invited her to our school yesterday to talk to our parents and help them with the critical developmental goal of speech and language. Mrs. Law helped our parents with details of speech milestones at the different ages. Her presentation was strongly infused with real life examples from her own parenting challenges and helped our parents immensely in understanding how to implement the tips and strategies she shared with them. The presentation empowered parents with ideas that they can do on a daily basis to take advantage of the multiple opportunities we get everyday to stimulate and tempt our children to communicate. One of our parents who attended the session, Dr. Simon, is a specialist on linguistics and language acquisition. His impression was that, “Mrs. Law’s presentation was very informative and really useful to him as a parent”.
Thank you Mrs. Law for helping our parents, teachers and children at the Goddard School build up that foundation of communication which is inherent to an enriched childhood!
Tips to ‘Tempt Communication’ !
1. Eat something your child loves in their presence. Model an advanced way for them to make a request for it.
2. Pay turn-taking games such as rolling a ball back and forth. When your child expects a turn, hold the ball and wait. Look at him/her to make a sign or a verbal request. If none is made, model an appropriate request such as the sign for “ball”, the /b/ sound, the word “ball” or the phrase “ball please”.
3. When modeling communication, stay only 1 step ahead of the child’s current developmental stage.
4. Tempt your child with activities or toys they will be very interested in and encourage them to “ask” for it.
Enjoy communicating with your little one!
To learn more about the Goddard School located in Kennesaw, GA, please visit http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Kennesaw-II-GA/schools.gspx