Many families will be together today to celebrate Easter. Today, as you interact with the child in your life, be aware of the “echo” effect. This is what I refer to when one adult provides the child with a direction and/or asks the child a question and another adult in the environment says the same message to the child before the child has responded. The adult’s intention is often good – they are trying to help and want to make sure the child received the message. However..., when the same message is spoken by multiple people within a minute of the child receiving the message, it’s often overwhelming to the child. Instead, if one person has said something to the child, wait for the child to respond. You may see more responses from the child and less behavior. Enjoy the time with your family! ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
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Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist