Infants and toddlers get sick often. It happens, and it is generally a good thing that it does, as their little bodies cope and build immunity. Having ear infections often results from fluid build-up in the middle ears (the name of this infection is “otitis media”). The middle ear is the little cavern just inside […]
Nope. Research on children who have been exposed to two languages from birth has shown that this exposure does not negatively affect language development in either language. Most studies agree that these children develop their spoken vocabulary and grammar at similar rates in toddler-hood and into the preschool years in each of the languages they […]
When I ask parents about what words their toddlers use, I often get an underestimate of the number and kind of words in their child’s vocabulary. It seems that many parents judge the amount of words in their kids’ expressive vocabulary by the clarity or preciseness of the word or how much/little it resembles […]
In appreciation of Autism Awareness Day, here is some information about the disorder. There’s a lot more to know, but these are some basics for those not too familiar with it. The word “autism” is derived from the Greek word “autos” which means “self,” or “of the self” The official diagnosis is Autism Spectrum Disorder […]
Phonolalawhatnow? Check out this short summary about the most important building blocks of language and literacy development.
Phoneme: The smallest unit of sound in a language. This is a consonant or vowel sound. Many languages share the same sounds, but not all sounds exist in all languages. Phonemic awareness: The ability to identify and manipulate the sounds of your first language. Phonology: The way that the phonemes of a language are put […]
Literacy Development 0-2 y Enjoys reading with caregiver Learns to hold books right-side up and turn pages in the correct direction Points to pictures in response to questions about them Can tell the difference between print and pictures Learns to hold a large crayon, marker, or chalk and scribble 2-5 y Understands that a story […]