Phonological awareness refers to an understanding of the sounds of language, specifically in reference to distinguishing subtle differences between sounds. Examples of phonological awareness tasks include detecting rhyme and alliteration, deleting sounds (e.g. “say “bat” without the “t”), and identifying sounds in words (e.g. “what’s the first sound you hear in bat?”). Phonological awareness skills […]
About Lisa Vanselow
Lisa Vanselow is a speech-language pathologist. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in speech-language pathology with minors in Spanish and psychology at the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!) and obtained a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders at Truman State University in December 2011. A taste for adventure led her to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she completed her pediatric internship at Forest Hills Global Elementary. In this experience, she provided speech-language therapy for children kindergarten through fifth grade with articulation, language and fluency disorders.
Apps can be a great way for kids to practice a variety of skills. Read on for information on our top 10 choices for speech and language apps for children! App Name Focus Age Group Description Purchase/Download Info Peek-a-Boo Barn Lite Spatial concepts (in, on, under, next to) Animal sounds Vocabulary (animals names, open/shut, barn) […]
There are two general types of memory strategies: Internal strategies refer to ways to retrieve information more easily by thinking about something in a different way, whereas external strategies refer to ways to compensate utilizing mechanisms outside of your brain to help you remember information. Depending upon the situation, one strategy may be more beneficial […]
Learning to read is an intricate process that begins during infancy and continues through the first few years of elementary school. Part of this process includes awareness that words are made of up of sounds; and that those sounds correspond to letters. Here are some suggestions to encourage literacy development in your preschooler: Point out […]
These communication temptations were adapted from Warren & Yoder (1998) to facilitate a child’s need to communicate in a variety of contexts. For example, the goals of the following exercises are to convey emotion, initiate conversation, make requests, make comments and ask questions. Making Requests & Asking Questions: Withholding food/toys: Eat a desirable food and […]
People who communicate fluently in two languages are bilingual. Learning two languages will not cause a child to have speech-language difficulties. Bilingual language learners follow the same pattern of language acquisition as children that are learning one language. For example, toddlers that are in the process of learning one language should produce their first words […]