Should I Use Baby Sign Language With My Child?

Yes! Using baby sign language is a great way to help young children communicate their wants and needs before they are able to say them verbally. This often eliminates frustration because they are able to communicate with you through some modality. Most 9-month-old babies can make simple signs to communicate basic needs. You can start…

The Best Toys Are the Toys That Do Nothing

The Best Toys Are the Toys That Do Nothing: Choose Open-Ended Toys   A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) compared traditional toys to electronic toys. The report concludes that traditional toys result in better child-caregiver interactions. These interactions provide multiple communication-learning opportunities.   Children learn by doing. Open-ended toys do not have batteries…

Singing Encourages Speech Development

Music brings language to life. Music can help your child communicate and can make language learning fun. Music can also help by soothing, calming, distracting, and by changing the mood. Music has a place throughout your child’s day, from a happy song you sing in the car, to songs you sing during play, to the…