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:


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:

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Simple Activity for Toddlers: Straws + Craft Poms

Aug 29, 2017

How do I get my toddler to talk?

In this video I share tips for getting toddlers to talk more.

Using simple toddler activities involving straws and craft poms or cotton balls, 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.

Looking for the materials I used in the video?
Silicon Straws I used
Craft Poms I used

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Concepts include:

breath support
language development
pitch and volume
expressive language


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Simple Summer Activity for Toddlers: Spray Bottle + Water

Aug 15, 2017

It feels like a hundred degrees out.

Your toddler is standing at the door saying, "outside outside outside."

You want to make the most of your time and help your child learn how to talk.

Here is something you can try...

bring out a spray bottle filled with water or a paint brush + a bowl of water.

When I was little, my parents would bring out a paint brush and water and we painted the deck outside.

We "painted" the wood and then watched as it would dry in the sun and then we would paint it some more.

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

Strategies include:

  • Repetition
  • Labeling
  • Modeling
  • Giving 1-2 step directions
  • Following child's lead.

Skills include:

  • Joint attention
  • Learning body parts
  • Following directions
  • Turn-taking
  • Fine motor skills

Daily routine that incorporates spray bottles:

  • Cleaning windows/mirrors.

Now that you've watched the video, here is your next step:
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How to Get Toddlers to GO TO SLEEP: Best Bedtime Book for Relaxation

Aug 01, 2017

Bedtime with toddlers can be exhausting.

After bath time, your toddler get so riled up and wants to run around!

They like to read books before bed but then want to play Monster and hide and seek.

They change their "routine" all the time.

One night, you are pacing up and down the living room, carrying her and her stuffed toy until she falls asleep. And the next night, she wants 100 cups of water.

The next night, she can't fall a sleep unless you are lying in beside how are you supposed to get time to finish up everything in the house before you have to go to bed?

The trickiest part is that sometimes...even if you spent the whole day playing outside to wear her out, she still plays around for a long time before sleep.

You read books, say prayers and sing songs, but doesn't seem to put her to sleep faster.

How do you train your child to wind down calmly?

In this video I share a book, A Kid's Guide to Relaxation & Sleep (affiliate) for getting toddlers to go to...

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