It's common to get caught up in our day to day interactions. We have moments where we tell our little ones to "come on" or "hurry." We have moments where we dream about the moment where "they grow out of
this stage." We think ahead for all of the things we need to get done. Put those thoughts on the backburner. Instead, today your speech-language-social-emotional tip is just to be present. Cuddle. Hug. Kiss your child. Be available. Have them catch you smiling. Play. Get on the floor. Be there. Be in the moment. There are families having to make really difficult decisions about their own child. They are thinking of surgeries and doctor appointments. Today, for them, by really being present for the child in your life, you are showing that family that you are thinking of them. As parents/educators/therapists, we can throw our "plan" away for the day
and just be there for the child. In the end, that's all that matters.
~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