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The transition from infant to toddler
As a parent, you’ve seen your child make incredible gains in just 12 months – from a tiny, completely dependent person to one who is becoming more mobile, thoughtful, expressive, and independent each and every day.
Around the age of one year, a child is often starting to put together a lot of information. Major developmental milestones are often acquired, such as first words, first steps, etc… but these milestones are symptomatic of something much larger.Read More
As parents of young children, there are plenty of resources to make us feel we aren’t doing enough for our little ones. Plenty of books magazine articles, and blog posts (not to mention neighbors and aunties) scream,
“Are you doing x?”
If you haven’t incorporated y, baby will never z!”
“What on earth made you decide not to abc?”
I’m here to provide a little counter-balance.
Step back, take a deep breath, and please tell yourself: it’s ok. We’re doing great.Read More
Although Strength In Words has had an online presence for some time (the podcast, blog, and other educational offerings for parents/caregivers and educators of young children), it’s only recently that my family has settled into a new community and I’ve been ready to start marketing my private practice as a speech-language pathologist again.
To hit the ground running, I looked into local resources for families in the area. I soon realized that there were a few great health, wellness and birth/family fairs that would be coming up. Since I don’t have much of a budget, I chose the one that was most local and that was most targeted to my ideal client base.
Since I work primarily with infants and toddlers and their families, I chose to pay for an exhibitor table at a birth and family fair in my immediate area. I’d never done anything like this before, but I’d read lots of posts in my professional Facebook group from others who had some great ideas about how they set up their table and lured people in. After a long day of speaking to people, my voice was shot, I was exhausted, but I felt exhilarated and proud!Read More
I find it unnecessarily difficult to find good music for my infant and toddler that doesn’t make me want to barf. There, I said it. Browsing through songs online, there is so much of that nauseously upbeat, helium-induced nonsense that claims to be “children’s music”…
Honestly, I don’t want my child to grow up thinking that that’s what music is.Read More
Instead of thinking of tummy time as this really discrete assignment or task that you have to do, if you just incorporate it in short intervals into your daily activities – and think of ways to use all of baby’s senses, like looking at a picture while singing – it becomes a little less scary, and a little more doable.Read More
It sometimes felt akin to listening to nails on a chalkboard – people just sounded ridiculous when they spoke to babies. And then, I had my own. And I did it, too. I mean, I’d say that I didn’t sound quite as insane… but I definitely changed my speech patterns and my voice. I’m so glad to hear there is a reason why we do this… and to have some ideas that make me feel better about engaging with my baby this way!Read More
When a child’s parents or caregivers use signs when that child speaks, he or she gets the chance to experience the word in a multi-sensory way. That means that you get to hear the word as you say it, they get to see it as you sign it, they feel it as they sign it, and then finally, they’ll say it, eventually.Read More