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What You Need to Know About Praise

“You’re so clever”, “Oh he’s so smart” and “Gee Whiz that kids got some talent” are common phrases amongst households of young families. We want to tell our kids how great they are and build their self-esteem and confidence. But is telling our kids they are “smart” the best way to go about it. Carol Dweck, psychology professor at Stanford University argues that by consistently praising our children as “smart” or “talented” we risk making risk-adverse children that ca...

June 23, 2018

Building Oral Language - Part 2

Welcome back to our series of blogs covering strategies to support your child’s oral language development. We hope you had fun implementing some of the strategies we suggested in our last blog. If you have not read our first blog, you will find it here. Here are two more strategies you can consider implementing to support the development of your child’s oral language skills:...

October 13, 2017

Building Oral Language - Part 1

All children need strong skills in oral language! Children who enter school with poor oral language skills are at a significant disadvantage to their peers. Oral language is one of the most important basic building blocks to future reading and writing success. What is oral language you might be asking? Oral language is the ability to understand language (i.e. understanding vocabulary, concept knowledge, following directions, understanding different sentence structures) and use language to expres...

September 24, 2017

Top 4 Books for Targeting Prepositions

You might be thinking, what are prepositions? Prepositions are words that describe the position or location of an item. Comprehension of prepositions is important for our kid’s success at school as instructions tend to include prepositions (e.g. put your hat in your bag and stand behind your desk). Kids also need to understand prepositions so they can use them appropriately when constructing sentences. A great way to model different prepositions is through book reading. Here are our top picks...

September 1, 2017


How do I tell if my child’s speech and language is delayed?  Should my child be talking yet? My child’s friends are all putting words together, why isn’t s/he?  Why doesn’t my child follow directions? Is my child’s speech normal?  Why are others having difficulty understanding his/her wants and needs? Have you ever asked yourself these questions or questions like these? If so, you’re not alone. Communication development is complex and it’s not always easy to evaluate...

August 6, 2017

First Words and Babbling

As a Speech Pathologist a common question parents ask is “what can I do at home that will encourage my child to start talking?” Knowing when a child will start to talk can be hard to pin point as it varies from child to child. Generally speaking, by 18 months, most children should have about 20 words in their vocabulary, and could even be beginning to link two words together. There are some factors that can predict the onset of first words. Babble and pointing are two really important early...

July 21, 2017

Everyday Activities

Life can get a little crazy sometimes and it can often feel impossible to fit everything in! Although it's fantastic to add in extra learning time with our children, sometimes it's just not possible. That's why it's so important that we take advantage of our everyday activities and use these to strengthen our children's development. An example of this is when we take our kids grocery shopping (… if they are in a cooperating mood that is)! Some simple things to do: -Show you r child what ...

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