ERIC Number: ED414074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Before Speech: Preparing Your Child To Talk. Daily Activity Guides for Busy Parents and Professionals.
MacDonald, James D.
This guide is comprised of activities designed to assist parents in facilitating the language development of typically developing children or children with communication problems, to assist teachers and child care providers in effectively communicating with preverbal children, and to assist speech/language professionals in including preverbal children in speech/language therapy. The bulk of the publication consists of 31 calendar diary pages describing learning activities to use with preverbal children, including space to record notes about the activity performed over a 2-month period and an extra diary page to copy for additional activities. The guide lists problems that interfere with parents helping their children learn to talk. A section of the guide answers frequently asked questions by parents and professionals, including: (1) the importance of appropriate information about and expectations for the social and communication development of children with delays; (2) the importance of "people play"; (3) becoming a play partner with children; (4) helping children to initiate communication; (5) communicating nonverbally; and (6) imitating children's behavior. Also included are a monthly parent progress check, a monthly child progress check, and a list of training materials for parents and professionals available from the Family Child Learning Center or from the Communicating Partners Clinic. (KB)
Descriptors: Caregiver Speech, Child Language, Individual Activities, Infant Behavior, Infants, Language Acquisition, Learning Activities, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Materials, Play, Preschool Education, Teaching Methods
Family Child Learning Center, 143 Northwest Avenue, Building A, Tallmadge, OH 44278; phone: 330-633-2055 ($8, plus $3 shipping and handling. Make check payable to Children's Hospital Foundation. Discount on quantity orders).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, OH.