Early Warning Signs of Delays And Disorders
Language and Speech skills are different. Language delays and disorders are apparent when a child has difficulty understanding and/or using words and sentences to interact and engage within their environment. Speech disorders are apparent when the child has difficulty using speech sounds to say words that are understandable to other listeners, rhythmically combining words in sentences, and using their vocal folds and breath to form words with appropriate pitch and quality.
Useful Links and Resources
The following collection of resources include books, DVDs, online interactive website activities/games, and informational website links that I have found useful or have been recommended to me by the families that I collaborate with. I am always looking to add to my resource list and love it when recommendations are sent to me that others have found useful!
Book: Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Book: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
Parent Strategies For Promoting Language
Teach2Talk: Play DVD's http://www.teach2talk.com/index.html
Sign Language Resources
Speech & Language Information & Links
Speech & Language Product Vendors
Language Stimulating Activities And Ideas
One of the best ways to stimulate vocabulary and language development is through first hand experiences. When a child can see, touch, hear, smell, and even taste an experience, they are using all of their senses to “take in” and learn new information. Learning through a variety of channels (senses) not only allows for multi-sensory learning, but also for heightened emotional responses (e.g. excitement, increased engagement) which have been linked to increased long-term memory of new concepts.
Pairing these activities with books from the library on the same topic or pretending to reenact the experience through play before and after going on an adventure can reinforce new vocabulary.
When an adult is using language to label and describe what the child is experiencing, the vocabulary used is more likely to be transferred into long-term memory and retrieved appropriately.
Mountain Area Activities & Attractions For Kids (Aspen Park, Conifer, Evergreen, & Surrounding Areas)
Music At Evergreen Lake (SUMMER ONLY)
Tiny Town: (SUMMER ONLY) If your little one likes trains and pretending in miniature houses, this one's for you. Bring a picnic lunch.... and your hand wipes.... and have fun playing.
Nature & Science Attractions For Kids In & Around Denver:
Belleview Park Attractions: including a miniature train, Children's Farm (petting zoo) (SUMMER ONLY), and beautiful shallow creek and playground areas.
Transportation Attractions For Kids In & Around Denver:
West Denver Area Athletic Activities For Kids
West Denver Area Art & Music Experiences For Kids