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Tips and tricks
I'm a mom and speech therapist here to share the strategies I use in speech therapy and at home, with my own toddler.
Here a few tips to choose books that will keep your little one engaged:
Here are some tricks encourage more talking with books:
Here are a few of favorite books to use in speech therapy with late-talking toddlers:
We typically hear little ones imitate fun sounds before they imitate words. This book, written by a Speech Pathologist, is full of these sounds. You can model sounds and gestures to encourage your little one to imitate. It also has a wonderful close-up pictures of toddlers saying the sounds
I love to sing this one to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle.” Add the animal sounds and actions to encourage imitation. Pause on wait before saying, “me” and model gesturing to yourself
I love the repetition of these books. You can incorporate pausing and waiting to encourage your little one to imitate, “Mama” or “Dada”
I love this whole series! Encourage imitation of animal sounds throughout the book.” There is a mirror at the end you can encourage your little one to watch your mouth as you say, “Boo!”
The sounds in this book are perfect for encouraging your little one to imitate. You can also target a word like “push” or “help” throughout
This silly book was written by a Speech Pathologist. Practice telling the dinosaur and puppy, “No, no” or encourage your little one to imitate “eww” if they are beginning to imitate sounds Link here (not available on Amazon): Bjorem Speech Books | Speech Therapy | OH NO Poo-Poo – Bjorem Speech®
Lift the flap books are great because they add an interactive component. Use this book to model animal noises. You can also model knocking on the boxes to encourage imitation of gestures and signing/saying open before you open each box
For beginning talkers, I ignore the text and simplify the language such as, “Puppy went boom!” You can model gesture such as blowing a kiss and words like boo-boo and ouch!”
I love the repetition in this book! Here’s a video of how I read it
These books are interactive and great for keeping little ones engaged! Model “Pop” each time you pop a bubbles. Once you little one is using more words, model a longer phrase, “Pop the _____” to work towards word combinations. I love the “Goodnight” one because we also practice telling the animals, “Night Night” and gesturing “Shhh!”
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I'm a pediatric speech therapist, but most importantly, I'm a mom. I know how busy and messy toddler life can be! I'm here to show you the simple things you can do during small, everyday moments that add up that make a big difference for your child's speech and language development.
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