Giving parents what they need to guide their children’s speech development
Don’t you love how children naturally find shortcuts while learning to talk that lead to them saying adorable things like, “I wub you?” Me too.
But how long do we relish their adorable words before we start wondering if it’s more than just a phase? True, most grow out of it. But nearly 1 in 4 tend to have errors that develop into an articulation disorder that makes them harder to understand as they get older and can have negative effects on social, language and literacy development.
We should be soaking up every precious minute of their toddler years, as they call the dog a “doddy,” and ask for more “tabeowies.” But we can do this with an eye on their development, equipped to give them guidance as they learn this skill, just as we do with everything else. But that raises the question, how can we help our children develop speech sounds when we don’t even know how we do it?
That’s what these Fitting Feedback posts are going to address. I’ll be giving you simple ways to understand how we make various speech sounds, equipping you to give them age-appropriate feedback to guide them – not rush them – through their speech development.
Coming Up: Fitting Feedback Tip #1 – Feel the Noise… Makers. Parents will learn to recognize how the various parts of our mouth work together. This is important for being able to talk about what’s happening. I keep it short. It doesn’t need to be complicated.