May is one of my favourite months. Flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining a little longer each day – and bonus – it’s time to celebrate communication and hearing!
Since it’s Speech and Hearing Month, I thought this would be a good time to highlight our four most popular blog posts about communication development:
- Encouraging baby’s first words
- When children speak more than one language
- Play and exploration lead the way to language development
- BabyTalkTO: Texts to support baby’s communication development
Looking for fun ideas to encourage your baby’s communication at home?
Here are a few trustworthy websites with a variety of tips, videos and printouts:
- Help Your Child Now – Early Abilities, Toronto Public Health
- Tips for Parents and Fun Activities – The Hanen Centre
- Tips for Encouraging Language Development – Eastern Ontario Health Unit
Tip: You can monitor baby’s communication development at home!
- Communication Checklists (various languages) – Early Abilities, Toronto Public Health
- Speech, Language and Hearing Milestones (brochure) – Speech and Audiology Canada
- Communication Growth Chart (printable chart) – Speech and Audiology Canada
If you have concerns about your baby’s speech, language, hearing or vision – Don’t Wait and See – we are here to help! Early Abilities provides free preschool services for families living in Toronto, including the Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Program, Infant Hearing Program and Blind-Low Vision Program.
Are there specific topics you would like to learn more about, regarding your baby’s communication (speech, language and hearing) development? Please send us your ideas and questions in the comments below!
As of April 1, 2022 the Preschool Speech and Language, Blind-Low Vision and Infant Hearing programs have moved from Toronto Public Health (Early Abilities) to Surrey Place. To register for services or learn more about the programs, please visit Surrey Place or call 416-925-5141.