Baby's First Year · Parenting

People games: Peek-a-Boo, I see you!

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I provide families with practical tips on how they can bond with their child and create fun opportunities to teach their child new language.  I often recommend people games! People games are play routines that you have created with your child that do not involve any toys. Keep in mind that… Continue reading People games: Peek-a-Boo, I see you!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby & Music: Everyone loves a dance party!

Ever find yourself humming along to a rhythm and singing lyrics from a song that you have a memory or a specific interaction with? Music impacts our life in so many ways! It can affect our mood, give us energy, help us focus, and trigger memories – just to name a few. And guess what?… Continue reading Baby & Music: Everyone loves a dance party!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Screen time and Babies

We know that babies and young children learn best from us and from social interaction. With all the technology available, people are using devices with their babies. In fact, 92% of parents report that their 1 year old has already used a mobile device, some starting as young as 4 months. Earlier this year, I… Continue reading Screen time and Babies

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Reading to baby: Get an early start on a lifetime of learning

The time I spend with my kids reading a book is my favourite part of the day. It’s a time where everyone can wind down, snuggle in, explore new adventures and…have fun while learning language! So how early should we start reading to our children? Research shows that in the last 10 weeks of pregnancy,… Continue reading Reading to baby: Get an early start on a lifetime of learning

Baby's First Year · Parenting

A picture is worth a thousand words

A child may find it hard to cope with new situations, routines, or experiences because they do not know what to expect. When this happens, it is common for children to have breakdowns and tantrums. So, how can we prevent these behaviours from happening? How can we help our child understand our expectations? By using… Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand words

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby’s speech, hearing & vision: Don’t wait and see

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 children require support developing typical speech and language skills? It is important to know that milestones as early as 6 months of age can begin to impact a child's speech and language development. In the past, it was common for parents and some professional to take a… Continue reading Baby’s speech, hearing & vision: Don’t wait and see

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Speech, hearing & vision: The importance of early detection

Speech, hearing and vision are important parts of your child's development. Babies begin to explore the environment around them through the sights and sounds they are exposed to. Through exploration, a baby's brain begins to make connections that helps them learn to communicate. May is Speech, Hearing and Vision month. But what happens if your… Continue reading Speech, hearing & vision: The importance of early detection

Baby's First Year · Parenting

First words: The power of play time

Before having my own children, I didn’t enjoy the winter.  However, I quickly realized that once you dress warmly, it's fun to get outside and play like a child again. And…there is so much to talk about! You can make a difference in the way that your child learns their first words. As a Speech-Language… Continue reading First words: The power of play time

Baby's First Year · Parenting

When children speak more than one language

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, living in a multicultural society like Toronto, it is my role to support parents and encourage them to keep their home language. Parents often ask if it’s ok to expose their child to more than one language when the child has a language delay. The answer- YES! Research shows that babies… Continue reading When children speak more than one language

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Early literacy and reading to your child – How early is early?

One day I was watching TV and flipping through the channels. I saw a toddler reading while the talk show audience sat amazed! This 2.5 year olds reading skills were much better than what we expect. At the time I didn’t have any children, but thought the parents of that child worked very hard to… Continue reading Early literacy and reading to your child – How early is early?