This category is for Tips Archives from Crossroads speech therapy. This category of posts covers tips for speech development

Great Signs to Teach Your Baby

Two of the most useful baby signs to use and teach at mealtimes. Baby sign is a wonderful way to help your pre-verbal baby or toddler communicate. You can see my 14-month-old in the pictures requesting more and telling me he is all done during a meal time. I love to teach these two signs…

Thanksgiving Tips

Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving with or without children can be a struggle. Thanksgiving is a time when you get together with a lot of people that you may not see frequently, and you may not truly enjoy all their company. We are expected to get dressed up, eat “Thanksgiving foods,” be on our best behavior…

Tips and Tricks for Trick-or-Treating

Every year, most children and adults joyfully anticipate Halloween and trick-or-treating. Choosing a costume, getting dressed up, and showing off your sense of humor and creativity is fun no matter how old you are. This annual event, however, can be nerve-racking for some. Parents may be stressed about whether their child will be able to say,…

Preparing Babies & Toddlers for Speech

As a parent, you may be wondering if there are things you can do to help your infant or toddler with their speech development. You might be surprised to hear this, but you’re probably already doing a lot to help your child. In this blog, we’ll talk about some simple ways you can help your…

Talking Tip: Exaggerate How Your Mouth Moves

“ooo-ahh” “wawa” “mama” “ball” “woof”  – Your mouth moves differently to say all of these sounds and words. Start paying attention to the way your mouth moves to make certain sounds. Then, try working on words with your little one, during play or daily routines, while exaggerating how your mouth moves to make the sounds…

Tips to Maximize Reading Time with your Children

Hi there! I’m Katie Dimond, mom of 2 boys, speech pathologist, and founder/director of Crossroads Speech Therapy. I am a huge advocate of reading. My mom and dad always read to me as I was growing up and it instilled a love for reading. Reading sparks the imagination and it inspires creativity, increases vocabulary, and…