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How to get out the door on time (with toddlers): Techniques For Smooth Toddler Transitions

May 08, 2018

Getting out the door on time with a toddler?

The struggle is real.

In this video, you will learn:

Noel's Top 3 Songs for Transitioning
How to create an external routine for transitions
How to make transitions fun (for you AND your child) 

Noel, a Music Therapist, shares her tips for helping your toddler transition from one thing to another.

Noel's Top 3 Songs for Transitioning
 
1. Walking walking, hop hop, hop…
2. Ants Go Marching (Your child's name goes marching, jumping, etc.)
3. Clean up pick up put away (from Daniel Tiger)
 
Importance of Teaching Kids to Transition
 
1. Kids are learning to self-regulate
o Give a warning (10 minutes, 5 minutes, 1 minute)
o Keep positive tone
o Some kids need to regulate sensory system first or they feel out of control
Vestibular input
Proprioceptive input
Using music can help you address this issue at the same time.
Regulate their system and body= more able to follow directions
 
2. One reason kids have...
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Adrienne's Ultimate Book List for babies + toddlers

May 02, 2018

These books are toddler-tested and approved!

I love these ones!

This post includes affiliate links to the books for your convenience! If you click on one of the product links and purchase something, I’ll receive a small compensation (at no additional cost to you). This help allows me to continue to make videos and resources. Thank you for your support!

       

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How to increase your toddler's attention span

Apr 03, 2018

Wondering what the normal attention span is for toddlers?
8 – 15 months    1-2 minutes
16 – 19 months  2-3 minutes
20 – 24 months  3-6 minutes
25 – 36 months  5-8 minutes
3 – 4 years            8-10 minutes

How to help your toddler his or her increase attention span:

1) Give attention to gain attention:

when you give your child your full attention, without any distractions, then your children can learn from your model. When you fully attend it also helps you feel confident in how to comment and join in with their play.

2) Enrich rather than interrupt:

allow your child to develop independent concentration by giving them time to follow their own train of thought. Follow what they are playing with, rather than directing their play.

3) Help them shift their attention:

Shifting attention is an important skill for school. You can help by using their name and giving them time to shift from one thing to...

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How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Feb 27, 2018

When language skills are starting to develop, toddlers can't say what they want, feel, or need, and they get frustrated and start to act out and display behaviors to try and communicate. Behavior is their way of communicating.

Your role is to teach them how to be self-aware and communicate with words or gestures so they don’t melt into a tantrum. Communication is the key.

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

In this video, Adrienne and Terra share how to get toddlers and children of all ages to talk and communicate their emotions and feelings in a clear, concise way. Using simple activities, parents, caregivers, teachers, and speech-language pathologists can learn how to help your toddler talk more and understand more language so that they can communicate better.

These tips are helpful so that they will be prepared for preschool, kindergarten, and...

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Morgan's Sign Language Story

Jan 27, 2018
 
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How To Raise Bilingual Kids: Resource List from a Speech-Language Pathologist

Sep 21, 2017

Bilingual Kids Resource List: 8 Recommended Resources

How do I get my toddler to talk and be bilingual?

Is this normal for her to mix up languages?

When on average do bilingual kids actually begin speaking?

At what age should we start teaching him both languages?

Read, watch, and listen to the resources below to learn more about raising bilingual kids.


1. Hanen:

Bilingualism in Young Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

Can children with language impairments learn two languages?

2. Laura Mize:

Recommendations for Working with Bilingual Toddlers with Language Delay

 

3. Strength In Words:

Podcast Episode: Raising Bilingual Babies- Tips from a Speech-Language Pathologist

Podcast Episode: Baby Sign Language: Tips and Research

4. Bi-Sli:

Bilingual FAQs

5. Importance of Gestures:
FIRST WORDS® Project

 

6. Super Duper Publications:
Communication and the Bilingual Child

 

7. Youtube Video from LinguaHealth:

Myths about Bilingual Children

 

8. American...

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How to help your toddler talk more by using a SLIDE

Sep 13, 2017

Why does GRAVITY fascinate toddlers?

I'm not sure.

But I DO know that you can use gravity to help your toddler talk more using a pretend SLIDE.

In this video, you'll learn how and why to use verbal routines and repetition to help your toddler learn to talk. 

Here is an example of a verbal routine:

1. Up up up up up

2. Ball!

3. Ready...set...go!

4. Boom!

5. I got it!

This video shows you how to layer in language skills with research-based strategies that Speech Language Pathologists use.

Strategies include:

  • Repetition
  • Cloze Strategy <--- Watch this video about the cloze strategy
  • Labeling
  • Modeling
  • Wait time

Skills include:

  • Joint attention
  • Turn-taking
  • Prepositions (when you say "up up up!")
  • Gross motor skills


Now that you've watched the video, here is your next step:
Read more about the SMALL WINS WITH TODDLERS ONLINE CLASS 

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