Tag: first verbs

More verb-charged books to ignite your child’s language development

Dear readers: I have a confession to make. I’m a monomaniac: I have an obsessive preoccupation with one thing: Verbs. As a parent and speech pathologist, I just can’t get enough of them. If I get through a single language...

/ 8 March 2017

Books with verbs to level up your child’s language development: 24 of the best

Yes, OK! I know I go on and on about the power of verbs to power (drive, propel, and kick-start) language development. I can’t stop (or cease, or desist, or refrain from) it! Yes, lots of kids and adults benefit from targeted practice....

/ 5 October 2016

The Verb & Pronoun Workout

Any regular reader of our articles will know that we love working on verbs – action words like “jump”, “kick”, “think”, “write” and “saw” – for clients with language learning impairments. You can read why here and here. In addition to...

/ 27 September 2016

Late-talkers: kick-start language with these verbs

The more research I read, the more I work with families of late-talkers, the more I find myself harping on about verbs (action words like “put”, “do”, “make”, “fall”, “sleep”, “find”, “see”, etc). This article summarises some of the latest...

/ 12 April 2016

Why I tell parents to point at things to help late talkers to speak

Most kids gesture before they talk.  For example, they: point at things they want parents to look at; shake their heads to say “no”; and tilt their hands to their mouth to tell us they want a drink. When assessing...

/ 7 September 2015

Late talkers: how I choose which words to work on first

Choosing words to teach* late talkers is hard – for both parents and speech pathologists!  But there’s some great research out there to guide decision-making, if you know where to look. As a Hanen-certified speech pathologist, I’ve just completed a...

/ 20 July 2015

FAQ: which action words should I teach my toddler, and how?

2016 research update alert: for more up-to-date information, click here. When kids get to around two, we expect them to start combining words into short phrases and sentences. Problem is, many of us parents tend to spend most of our...

/ 15 October 2014