Put the Focus on Strengths

Each parent wants their child to thrive and be a happy, well-adjusted person. The secret to creating this outcome is to focus on strengths more than weaknesses.  Children are just like we are; they have many different kinds of strengths, sometimes prominent,...

Oh, Say Can You See?

In the area of communication, listening, understanding, and expressing ourselves in spoken, sign, or written language are paramount. How much, though, is focused on seeing and observing? One of the most important things I learned in preparation to become a...

Creating the Need to Talk

One of the most exciting times in a baby’s development is when the parent begins to understand what baby is trying to say. This happens as jargon becomes interspersed with approximations of words.  Once a parent, sibling or caregiver begins to understand some of...

Strategies to Develop Early Language Skills

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your interactions with your child are critical to all areas of development. One of these strategies that parents can use to aid development of early language skills is Parallel-Talk. In Parallel-Talk,...

Strategies to Develop Early Language Skills

The amount of meaningful language young children hear can make a big difference in the development of their language skills. One of these strategies that parents can use to aid development of these skills is Self-Talk. Self-Talk is talking out-loud about what you are...