You've probably heard it dozens of times (if not more) before - "every child is different" and "there is a range of normal". If you're a parent who's worried about whether your toddler's language is normal, those well intentioned words might just not be cutting it. So what could you be looking out for? When should you think about asking for a more in depth look at your child's communication? Here are a few things to think about...
The best way that we can encourage our children's language is through the way we communicate in every day activities. Children need to understand language before they can use it. Hanen's "4 S's" are a great way to remember some of the most important principles. They can be used in almost any interaction with your little ones throughout the day. I always think it's easiest to pick one to start with, and then build from there.
Mealtimes with children can be some of the nicest shared family moments but also one of the regular daily battles.
The division of responsibility in feeding (sDOR) encourages you (the parent) to take leadership with the what, when, and where of feeding and let your child determine how much and whether to eat of what you provide.
Learn and Grow is owned and managed by Kim Lockly. Kim holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, and is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).