“Oddly enough, there are simply not enough words of praise or thanks for Lisa’s commitment to our son . It was pure luck that we found Lisa at a time when we were worried, frustrated & scared but I am forever grateful to her. Lisa is a firm believer in that speech therapy is not a one hour session a week but an opportunity for parents to also learn the tools to help their child succeed, giving us detailed home plans to work with. Lisa made the sessions fun and always knew instinctively when to push Fionn or when to take him at his own pace.
Her accessibility and patience when we had questions, her collaborative approach, and her overall positive and encouraging presence has helped make our child the successful and happy boy that he is today. “
“Having tried several speech therapists without much making progress to help with our twin boys we were given Lisa’s name by a family friend who recommended her. Straight away the boys responded to Lisa and began to make progress we had not seen previously once she had assessed them and identified what they needed to work on. Over the following years she brought them up to the level they needed to be at with programs tailored for each of them. She was instantly able to put them at ease and connect with them due to her open and friendly manner which was important. We have recommended her to friends and would do so again without hesitation”
Colm and Angela Moore, Slieverue
Toddler Talk is all about getting the measurements just right!!! Indirect Language Strategies are evidence based interventions for our toddlers and preschoolers. A well trained parent or caregiver is every bit as able to provide a language-rich environment for their child. So how do we do it?…
To start with, when you talk to a toddler or preschooler, we must pitch it just right. This means using words and/or sentences just a bit above their language level i.e. if your child is using 1 word sentences, you use 2 word sentences. For example; if your toddler says “car”, you can reply with something like “drive the car”, “red car”, “crash the car” etc. Always great to do this while carrying out the action!! So, you’re crashing the cars and saying “crash the car”!!! It’s fun, interactive, visual, and it’s all about play; while at the same time, we’re creating a language rich setting!
Ok…some of those sentences have 3 words, right???!!! An important note to make is that we should not drop all of the “small” words (and, a, an, the, to etc) that form a sentence and give it shape. Children have an innate and inbuilt ability to zone in on the words that carry all of the information, and when we drop those small words we’re providing poor models of language from a grammatical aspect. Recent research seems to agree that this is especially important for children who are struggling to develop their language skills. When we drop those small words we are using telegraphic speech (speech that is like, well, a telegraph), and it is not recommended! Research teaches us that although it is very important to keep language simple, we also need to be grammatically correct.
√ Single word sentence: car
√ A short 2 word sentences that is grammatically correct is big car / red car
However, push car is not grammatically correct, so we would say push the car. Similarly, we would say Mammy’s bag, not Mammy bag
In short, DO use short sentences BUT keep them grammatically correct!!!!!!
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