How can I strengthen the language skills of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

How can I strengthen the language skills of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The back and forth between speakers is one of the foundations of language. When one person speaks, soon after another person responds. It would be uncommon if a friend responded 5 minutes after you said something to them. It would also be surprising if that…

How can the sense of touch help children learn language?

How can the sense of touch help children learn language?

Children can use all their senses to help them learn language. Touch for example is a sense that children rely on from their very first days, while their other senses like sight and hearing are still developing. Touch can help children learn words. Some of…

Does showing an object while saying the word help a child learn vocabulary?

Does showing an object while saying the word help a child learn vocabulary?

When we meet a baby, we may make more exaggerated gestures than we may when talking to an adult. Can these modifications, be they small or big, actually make language learning easier? One way that our movements and gestures can help a baby learn language…

Do we speak to babies the same way all over the world?

Do we speak to babies the same way all over the world?

We adjust our speech from moment to moment, depending on the situation. Imagine  introducing yourself at an interview versus presenting yourself to friends-of-friends at a party. The way we speak to babies, also, varies a lot from place to place, and even on the baby…

Why do we talk to babies the way we do?

Why do we talk to babies the way we do?

The way caregivers talk to babies can be quite peculiar. They may change the sounds of language, exaggerating intonations or raising the pitch of their voice (like after breathing in helium from a balloon). Or they may change the words they use, like saying ‘kitty’…

How do I develop my child’s communication skills?

How do I develop my child’s communication skills?

Conversations are one of the cornerstones of communication. We have conversations all the time, from very brief ones when we ask a store clerk about a product to hour long phone calls with our best friends. A full-fledged conversation with a young child, however, can…

How can you use what your child is interested in to grow their vocabulary?

How can you use what your child is interested in to grow their vocabulary?

Think of the hours on end you can spend looking up your favourite sports team’s stats, making each and every recipe from your go-to cookbook, or debating with your friends about top gardening techniques. You can likely remember tiny details about things most people know…

Is it important to talk to a baby before she starts speaking?

Is it important to talk to a baby before she starts speaking?

Social interactions involve two (or more) people. Yet, when one of those people is a preverbal infant, an interaction can feel like a monologue. It can feel like the caregiver is just talking, or signing, to themself. So how can a caregiver foster language learning…

How to foster word learning?

How to foster word learning?

Imagine the moment a baby sees the world for the first time. All the sights and sounds that are just everyday happenings for us. A lot of learning about the world begins with joint attention. Moments when a child and a caregiver (or peer) interact…