Woot woot! As many of you know, the month of May is “Better Hearing and Speech” month and some of your fav bloggers and I have gotten around a little gift for you! We’ve collected tidbits and goodies of information about this wonderful profession we are proud to claim and are giving away some TPT money to help make your days a little easier.
Start at the very beginning with Crazy Speech World’s blog post and work your way through each post, collecting a letter along the way. Your last stop is Felice Clark’s post where you enter the secret message in the box to be entered to win:
-1 $50 TPT giftcard
-1 $25 TPT giftcard
-1 $15 TPT card
-some pretty sweet things
Got it? Good 🙂
Now for my tidbit! If there are two things I l.o.v.e. about my crazy-awesome job, it’s Early Intervention and Language skills. Did you know that little guys (and gals!) don’t really use “Mama” and “Dada” with attached content until around 11 months of age? It can happen anywhere between 9 and 13.5 months of age, but 11 months is the standard (1980, Reilly, Johnson & Johnson).
Another big milestone is imitation. It’s always super cute when you can start playing copycat with a tiny little voice. Babies start imitating gestures before words and sounds. So how does that effect treatment? Start with gestures! Try to get gross motor imitation before you expect little nuggets to imitate/produce approximations of sounds and words. I feel like this is something I always have to remind myself of because often times I get caught up in trying to talk, talk, talk for data purposes. This is also really handy to keep in mind while writing goals/objectives for our little nuggets.
Here’s my letter in the secret code: