In May 2012 ,I began the weekly speech and language feature, Words in the Sand. Each Monday I shared with you different language lessons, topics on various speech, language and feeding disorders, and guest posts from the medical and educational field such as pediatricians, audiologists, special education teachers, and nutritionists. In August, I began highlighting stories of children with disabilities, with guests posts from amazing parents. It has been fun sharing my passion and love of growing a child’s language, speech and feeding skills with all my readers. Here are my favorite posts from the year:
1. Keep organized and on top of your child’s language development from 12 months to 4 years of age with this easy language tracking tool. Maybe your more concerned about your child’s speech sounds. If so, check out my speech sound development printable.
2. The use of a straw and open cup promotes the appropriate tongue position for the development of certain speech sounds and a correct swallowing pattern. Here are the top 5 Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Drink From a Straw.
3. Check out all the benefits of using sign language with your little one and teach him or her manner signs with these quick sign language videos.
4. My colleague, Stephanie Nixon, shared the facts on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, treatments, and how the disorder impacts speech and language development.
5. Blogger and pediatric Occupational Therapist, Abby Brayton-Chung, shed some light on Sensory Processing Disorder, including symptoms and treatments.
6. Dr. Deborah Gilboa, MD, a board certified Family Physician, international parenting speaker and founder of AskDoctorG.com, answered the frequently asked question What can I do to encourage my toddler to have better eating habits and a more varied diet?.
7. The less noise a toy makes the better it is to spark imagination and language. Check out why play is so important during the preschool years and my suggestions for the best toys for preschool dramatic play.
8. Do you find yourself frustrated night after night with dinner time whining and refusals. Here are 10 tips for feeding picky eaters.
9. In October, we took a Fall Nature Walk discovering all the wonderful vocabulary and concepts we can teach children while going on a nature walk. Click on the image below for the free printable with a pictured checklist and a language lesson for your walk.
10. Worried about your child’s speech and language skills but not sure what to do? Don’t miss this post on how to locate a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist.
If your looking for more posts on speech and language topics check out the full list of posts. I am looking forward to more great speech and language posts in 2013. As always, I love hearing from you, so if you have any suggestions for topic ideas or burning questions please be in touch!