Author: Ayelet Marinovich, M.A. CCC-SLP

5 Strategies to Promote Communication in Your Young Child

This week, we speak with Carrie Clark, a pediatric speech-language pathologist and the creator of Carrie offers 5 simple strategies families can implement into their everyday lives to get young children communicating. These include: use of Sign Language, shorter utterances, parallel and self-talk, and expansions. Carrie and Ayelet go into detail about how to use each strategy, discussing specific examples and useful ways to implement each one with a child at different communication levels.

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Unique First Birthday Gifts

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.

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5 Things You’re ALREADY Doing That Make You A Great Parent!

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. 

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Market Your Practice: Top 10 Tips From My First Health Fair

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!

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10 Musicians Every Parent Should Know

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. 

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Hi! I'm Ayelet Marinovich. I'm a mother of two young children, pediatric speech-language pathologist, and parent educator.

Podcast Reviews

  • Perfect for parents and professionals
    September 6, 2017 by MLSD from United States

    As a speech-language pathologist, I have recommended this podcast countless times to parents. Information is easy to understand and digest, and broken down into manageable parts. In addition, I usually learn something new myself!

  • Perfect developmental information!
    September 6, 2017 by SLP MPH from United States

    This gal really knows her stuff! Should be required listening for EVERY parent wanting to support their child's language development!

  • First-time mom knows how to play w baby now!
    April 30, 2017 by bbloomfield from United States

    I am a first-time mom and was having a hard time finding things to do/play/sing for my 6-week old. I am SO happy I found this podcast. I've learned multiple nursery rhymes, learned something new about her development and ideas for toys with items around the house, etc. I have now signed up for all of the e-books, etc. I can't believe it's free! I hope they don't stop creating these anytime soon!

  • Excellent resource!
    December 8, 2016 by Stay-at-home Daddy-0 from United States

    I'm a stay-at-home dad and this podcast is just great. My kids and I do regular "circle-time" and playing clips from this podcast and Ayelet's album of children's music really engages them. And as a busy parent with questions about child development but little time to read books, the podcast is an awesome resource. I highly recommend it!

  • Brilliant!
    August 5, 2016 by Joffreylikesjaffacakes from United Kingdom

    Me and my toddler are loving these. 10 minutes of the day just for me and him.

  • Fun with baby
    May 7, 2016 by Alice and Hana from Germany

    I've now listened to about five episodes of this podcast with my now 4 month old daughter, and we really enjoy it. Some of the songs we've learned (Hickory Dickory Dock and Little Liza Jane) are sung at least once a day and often more in our house now, and I find the short and digestible tips on development and DIY toys really helpful. The show is short enough that even my very little baby sometimes makes it through a whole episode, but sometimes we just do a bit and Hana's had enough... It's still fun and I listen to the rest myself to learn the songs and come back to the podcast with Hana later. Also love the non-cheesy versions of songs, CDs for kids are often so naff and this is not.

  • Perfect activity with my 8 month old son
    May 5, 2016 by WhidbeyMom from United States

    When I start a Strength in Words podcast, my son immediately tunes into Ayelet’s lovely voice. We are learning many simple and enriching activities to do together, as well as information for me as a caregiver about what cues to look for in my son’s learning process. Singing was already a big part of our daily activities, so the songs Ayelet shares are great additions to our set. We are just getting caught up on episodes and will look forward to them each week.

  • Parents will love it!
    April 17, 2016 by TiggBitties from United States

    As parents, we found this show to be great! Learned a bunch and my wife has become a fan!!!

  • A must for young families
    March 31, 2016 by catacea from United States

    Fantastic information and presentation. Informative for the adults and engaging for young kids. Brief episodes are perfect, and I'm interested in sharing the experience with a group of families.

  • Accessible, entertaining, and edifying
    March 8, 2016 by slrhead from United States

    Extremely accessible, entertaining, and edifying - an terrific way to develop ideas for relating to children and using music to spend quality, constructive time with them, while learning more about child development. Ayelet has an amazing sining voice and her creative repertoire engages both adults and children, while providing the informational context from the perspective of a professional Speech and Language Pathologist. I look forward to future podcasts, along with the website and Pinterest for more DIY ideas.

  • Useful, informative and fun activities for you and your child
    March 7, 2016 by m.k. london from United States

    As a new mom, you get overwhelmed with hearing about this research or that book, and it’s hard to know what you should actually be doing. This podcast clearly presents information about children's speech and development in easy activities and songs that you can do with your baby. It’s easy to follow along, the activities are simple but give you the tools to build your own variations, and it’s backed in science on child development. It’s like a mom and baby music class, but at home, and at your own pace.

  • This is the way forward… in every sense of the word...
    March 6, 2016 by Grateful Mummy from Fulham from United Kingdom

    My toddler and I are totally hooked… and it will not be long before my 7wk baby is also!! Thank you!!! x

  • For all parents and caregivers of the very young--
    February 26, 2016 by gaga time forever from United States

    As a retired preschool and kindergarten teacher and a forever mother and grandmother, I cannot SING the praises of this podcast and website enough. They are wonderful and very much needed---a valuable resource for parents, babies, preschoolers, and grandmothers! Full of useful ideas and informative insights. So many times I found myself wanting to sing with and to my grandson but, for the life of me, could not remember all of the childhood rhymes and songs. This is perfect. And the bonus is that Ayelet's voice is such a delight to hear.

  • Nothing like it out there
    February 22, 2016 by Averysmartman1 from United States

    This seems to me a very original idea. I love that I can listen to it anytime - it's like having a class for my kid in my back pocket. I like the host's approach and I look forward to listening whenever I can with my family.

  • Grandmother
    February 22, 2016 by Nana Kam from United States

    This program entertained my grandchildren and they loved it! I look forward to future episodes when my grandchildren are visiting! Thank you so much for doing this!

  • Great for grandparents too
    February 21, 2016 by Sschnei from United States

    Found and listened to this with my toddler grandson. Lots of fun. Host has a pleasant voice and nice song selection. Interesting approach, good information. Told my daughter about it, worth spreading the word.

  • Nice
    February 21, 2016 by Bonzetta from United States

    Great voice and nice ideas for my 6 month old

  • A new baby whisperer!!!
    February 19, 2016 by fan of siw from United States

    Ayelet’s voice is really engaging, and seems to really understand young children. There was the perfect balance between information and music, and my little daughter was not bored, even through the informational bits.

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