Government Is Not The Solution For Babies and Toddlers

Babies and toddlers make one million neural connections per second in the first 3 years of their lives.  They are laying down the foundations of their brain circuitry for learning, thinking and taking in their world that they will have for their entire lives.  Emory University and the state of Georgia’s “Talk With Me Baby” […]

Lifelines for Poor Children (James Heckman Does it Again!)

Lifelines for Poor Children (James Heckman Does it Again!) It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two weeks since I blogged.  The start of the school year for my own 5 kids has been a bumpier transition than I expected.  Increasing my weekly speech therapy caseload by 10 hours has tightened the belt on my […]

Encouraging Precise Vocabulary in Infants and Toddlers

The above video speaks to the importance of modeling precise vocabulary use to an infant or toddler. Since Sam is only 42-months, one would not expect him to use exactly correct, or precise, vocabulary use of objects around him. He has much to learn! However, it is important to build vocabulary daily (as we know […]

PBS and Daniel Tiger: Use Your Words and Say How You Feel

PBS and Daniel Tiger: Use Your Words and Say How You Feel The above link takes us to episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a PBS series centering around four-year old Daniel Tiger, son of original Daniel Striped Tiger on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood focus on social-emotional lessons, such as how to […]

Early Learning: Made in the U.S.A. Grassroots-Style

Early Learning: Made in the U.S.A. Grassroots-Style Susan Oschorn, in her July 8th post for her ECE Policymatters blog, felt as I did that the Rally4Kids event yesterday lacked inspiration.  According to Oschorn and early childhood consultant Karen Nemeth, participants repeated the same old messages about such topics as the rich-poor gap, state and federal […]

Toddler Emotions: Sad About Sparky

In this video, 40-month old Sam demonstrates his solid development of emotional expression. The video shows how Sam’s voice (e.g., pitch, volume, intonation), facial expression and word choice come together seamlessly to express his thoughts and feelings to me about his fire station dog, Sparky, becoming old. Thankfully, Sam was not overtaken by his sad […]

I Can’t Do It!

Toddlers want to do for themselves. It’s how they develop the language, social, emotional, sensory and physical skills that will allow them to function more and more independently as the years roll on. However, allowing a toddler to complete a “big boy/girl” or “grown-up” task can result in frustration for the child and in cleaning […]