As a parent, and particularly a working parent, I often worried about the amount of interaction that I had with my children when they were preschoolers, and whether it was enough to promote language development. The average child’s vocabulary when he/she starts school is roughly 5000 words (1). As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I can put … Continue reading “3 COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES YOU CAN USE TO INCREASE YOUR CHILD’S LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT”
First level of Reading: LabelLabel: provide a name for a character, object, or part of character and objects depicted in a picture Use “Cloze Procedure” – This technique allows you to label the object on the page, then ask the child directly afterwards to fill in the blank. “This is a duck,” “what is this?”, … Continue reading “HOW TO READ TO YOUR TODDLER TO IMPROVE THEIR COMMUNICATION”
Two intervention options to build trust and promote therapeutic engagement in a person with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
I met with a colleague the other day for lunch, who told me a story about one of her clients with a traumatic brain injury who did not want to engage in any therapy. The clients only goal was to get back to work; however, her team of speech therapists in Toronto knew that she … Continue reading “Two intervention options to build trust and promote therapeutic engagement in a person with a Traumatic Brain Injury.”
Often with the students I work with, I find that they spend so much time reading, taking notes and studying, but still struggle to remember course content leading up to their test or exam. I always teach them to adopt an active approach to studying. Active studying means that you are doing something with the course material, … Continue reading “Top 3 Active Study Strategies.”
With so many distractions in our world and never-ending to do lists, it’s easy to forget items along the way. Try incorporating these 7 tips into your life to improve your ability to remember.1. Pay Attention and Make Connections!You cannot remember something, if you are not paying attention to it. Therefore, the first and most important tip … Continue reading “Memory Problems? Top 7 Memory Strategies for Everyday Life.”
Everyone knows that having good listening skills is a key part of communicating with others. Not only are these skills important when having conversations with family and friends, but they are essential in being successful at work, taking in information at appointments, and learning at school. Good listening skills are made up of the following … Continue reading “How Are Your Listening Skills?”
As a working parent, I know how difficult it can be to dedicate a lot of time to your toddlers’ language development. Don’t fret! Your child will communicate as long as you comment on what they are doing. Remember – Do not question or test them (e.g., “what is this”, “what is that”). Instead, just … Continue reading “HAVE NO TIME BUT WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR TODDLERS’ LANGUAGE?”