Daily activities that you and your family participate in are the best ways to naturally encourage the understanding of language concepts. That’s what I love about speech and language skills – you don’t need to sit down to have “learning time” because learning occurs naturally in the activities you already do as a family. Here 14 month-old Olivia is helping unload the dishwasher. As her mom takes the dishes out, Olivia labels the dishes and her older brother puts them away. If I could pick only one room in the house for language exposure – I’d choose the kitchen. Vocabulary, sequencing, categorizing, following directions, problem solving, pre-academic skills, concepts, social language and so much more can be provided in the kitchen. The dishes get put away and you’ll share numerous meaningful interactions with your child that encourage your child’s development. Tomorrow, I’ll describe some skills you are enhancing by involving your child in the kitchen. What are some ways you involve your child in the kitchen?
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist