can sometimes make words using the letters in a larger word.
For example, from the word "tube" you can make "be," "bet,"
"tub." Now onto a harder one: how many words can you make from
the word "kitchen"? (Hint: we found 41 - scroll down to see
Q. Did you hear the
story about the skunks?
A: Never miind, it
Q: What did the
duck say when he finished shopping?
A: Put it on my
What do you call a crate of ducks?
A: A box of
Why did the dolphin cross the beach?
A: To get to the other
Why are giraffes so slow to apologize?
A: It takes them a
long time to swallow their
Why are elephants never rich?
A: Because they work for
What is the difference between a fish and a piano?
can't tuna fish!
Why did the lamb run over the cliff?
A: He didn't see the
Why did the turkey cross the road?
A: To prove she wasn't
What bird can be heard at mealtimes?
chin, chink, cite, etch, ethic, ethnic, he, hen, hi, hike,
hint, hit, ice, in, inch, ink, it, itch, kin, kit, kite, knit,
neck, net, nice, niche, nick, ten, the, then, thick, thicken,
think, think, tick, tick, tie, tike, tin,
- Our Presentation to the American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) National Convention on Evidence Based Reading Practice and the Phonic Engine Reading Method
- How to Help Your Child Learn to Read
- Early Developmental Milestones for Language
- Question and Answer
- For Fun: Trivia Quiz
- For Fun: Some interesting events in January!
- Enriching Your Child's Vocabulary
Fun Language and Literacy Games
Is it Normal Disfluency or Stuttering?
More On Early Developmental Milestones for
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In November, we were invited to give, and gave, a
presentation of our Phonic Engine Reading Method, and how it's
used to facilitate reading, writing, and spelling, using
Evidence Based Practices (EBP). Do you wonder what EBP are
with respect to reading? Do you think that one reading
approach, such as Phonics vs. Whole Language, is better? You
may be surprised. To view the presentation handouts, please
My Child Learn to Read
Parents want to know, “When should I
start reading to my child?” The answer is very simple…as early
as possible. When you are sitting and holding your baby on
your lap, open a book. Pick a book that’s large, with bright,
colorful pictures and just a little bit of text, or no text at
all (even a child at one or two months will enjoy being held
and looking at colorful pictures -- but remember, at this age,
attention span is short, so if they lose interest, put the
book down). Point to the pictures and name them. Even a family
photo album is fine. It’s just that simple. You can even take
your little one’s hand and point together.
When your baby becomes a toddler, you
can emphasize the text (as long as it is simple) a bit more,
as in “See the dog?
The dog is running.” Then, as your toddler becomes more of a
talker, rather than just the listener, you can take it a step
further. Start pointing out the sounds in the words. Let’s say
you have a picture of a horse in your picture book. So you
say, “Horse, h…h…horse” and you can even point to the letter
“h” if it’s on the page. One very important pre-reading skill
is the awareness that words are made up of sounds. That
ultimately leads to sound blending, the ability to see h/a/t
and form the word “hat”. Rhyming books, like those by Dr.
Seuss, also help develop that awareness, because the child can
hear that by changing one little sound, you make a whole, new
Now, let's say you have a little
preschooler, a child of 3 or 4 years of age. Pick books that
are developmentally appropriate and read, read, read. Pick
short books -- chapter books are not necessary. Talk about the
story, act it out, take turns re-telling parts of it. This
will enhance your child’s understanding of the story and is
also a great way to learn new vocabulary words. But, most of
all, you both should have lots of fun. Your child should learn
from you that reading is pleasurable, especially when you
As your child gets closer to starting
kindergarten, you can emphasize how the letters and sounds go
together even more. You can play lots of letter-sound games
with your child. For example, you can play a "20 Questions"
kind of game. "I am thinking of a fruit and it begins with /a/
(short a as in alligator), then give more clues until your
child figures out that you are talking about the a in apple.
Another way to help your child learn about letter-sound
combinations is to play a matching game, using pictures or
objects that begin or contain the same sound such as "bunny"
and "baby". Another activity could be going on a "search" for
objects beginning with the same letter-sound. Selecting /t/ as
your beginning letter-sound combination could yield words like
towel, toaster, and TV. Write the words down and draw or find
pictures of the items that you find. Practice writing the
letters as you talk about the sounds they make. You can write
with pencil and paper, and you can also use a whiteboard or
rice or even spaghetti!
Expectations of what a child should
know upon entering Kindergarten vary. The more your child
knows about the fact that words are made up of sounds, that
sounds are represented by letters (and what those sounds and
letters are), that reading is from left to right...and so on,
the better off your child will be. As always, make it fun and
Developmental Milestones for Language (part 1 of 2): First
Language development begins well before you
hear your child’s happily awaited first word. When your child
looks at your face, that is the beginning of communication
skills. When your child smiles in response to your smile, that
is the beginning of communication. When your child vocalizes
and you can tell that she’s happy or sad or hungry, that is
the beginning of communication skills. We have approximate
ages when parents should expect to see various communicative
behaviors. It is important to keep in mind that there is range
of ages that is considered typical for any language behavior.
Babies generally begin to look at their
parents’ faces within the first month of life. You may also
notice that your child's cries are quieted by the sound of your
voice. It may be a surprise to know that your child has
actually been hearing your voice for many months since hearing
is developed before your child is born.
Over the next couple of months, your child
begins to vocalize in a variety of ways, not just crying
(thank goodness!) and you may be able to tell when he is
hungry, tired or contented. You will hear squeals and
chuckles. He'll vocalize in response to your voice, too and
you'll see his social smile. Gradually, you'll begin to notice
some consonant sounds and then, the beginning of babbling
behavior, what is commonly known as “baby talk”.
At around the age of 6 months, sounds that are
not in the baby’s native language begin to drop out. This does
not occur in children that cannot hear. The repetition of
syllables (as in ba-ba-ba) decreases, as your baby begins to
use more single syllables, and it might sound more like
ba-di-nu. Your baby will begin to vocalize in response to
talking, almost like she’s participating in the conversation.
Your child’s vocalizations should increase in quantity and
variety. And of course, we all hear that meaningful first
words occur at around the age of one year.
The important thing to remember is that these
ages are approximate, but one thing you SHOULD see, is your
child's interest and awareness of the speech around her.
Whether your child looks at you when you talk to her and
whether or not she enjoys vocalizing with you are more
important than all of the aforementioned numbers. Often, when
parents call me to find out if they should be concerned that
their 15 month old is not talking, one of the first questions
I ask is, “Does your child interact with you in other ways and
is she interested when you speak with her?" More on early
language development in our next issue.
Age 2 covered in the next issue of
Question and Answer
Q. Should I correct my child's’s speech when he's not doing his speech homework?
A. This is one of the most frequently asked questions from parents of children who have articulation (i.e. pronunciation) problems. They want to know whether they should correct their children’s speech during times other than when they are doing their speech homework.
Generally, it works best to correct children only during speech homework time. For many children it becomes a source of frustration and irritation to have how they spoke become the focus of their parents' attention, rather than what they said. It's fine to model the correct production, so if a child says, "I want thoup", the parent may respond by saying, "You want sss-soup (prolonging the /s/sound)? What kind would you like?" So here, the parent models the correct production but keeps the focus on what the child intended to communicate.
As therapy progresses, the child’s homework may include saying the /s/ sound (for example) correctly from 3-4 PM daily, in which case he or she will expect that corrections will (or may) occur during conversational speech; but parents still have to remember to also respond to what their child said.
Throughout the course of speech therapy, keep in mind that the manner and frequency of correction is something that should be discussed with your speech therapist.
Quiz: Trivial Trivia!|
1. How many minutes does it take
for light from the sun to reach Earth?
2. Where is
the volcano Erebus located?
3. What is the name of
the Toys R Us mascot giraffe?
4. In what year did the
first casino open in Atlantic City?
5. What was the
first U.S. state to join the Union after the original
6. Which state has the most 7-11 stores?
Which planet has the largest volcano and the largest
valley in the solar system?
8. What institution is
responsible for measuring and distributing correct time
in the United States?
9. How old was actress Judy
Garland when she filmed “The Wizard of Oz” in
10. How many grooves are on the edge of a
1. Eight minutes.
8. The U.S.
9. 16 years old.
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