In today's busy world, as parents we can get so caught up with ALL of the things that need to be DONE, that we may not talk or play with our children as much as we'd like. Often times, our talk is limited to "business" talk, or instructions for our children, and not enough "extra" talk, where we'd describe and wonder with our children. Check out this excellent article written by Cari Ebert (found at Cari Ebert Seminars - Blog that further defines both of these types of talking and helps you to improve the quality of communication with and for your children. This article is also great in that it defines many aspects of speech, that you may not be familiar with, like "syntax" or "phonology" and how they work in communication.
If you aren't following Cari Ebert on Facebook, be sure to start. She shares "Toys I Love Tuesday" posts where she recommends toys to help with communication and learning, "Books to Read Wednesday" where she shares book recomendations and "Therapy Tips Thursday", where she shares some "tips of her trade" as a Speech and Language Therapy provider.
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