Our daily routines – mealtimes, family chore time and bedtime – offer opportunities for caregivers and parents to connect with toddlers and preschoolers. But did you know they are also an opportunity to develop children’s speech and language skills?
“As pediatric speech-language pathologists, we know how important social interactions are in the development of speech, language and communication skills in infants, toddlers and preschoolers,” says Christina El Gazzar, professional practice leader, early childhood development speech and language services, Interior Health.
Life with infants, toddlers and preschoolers can be challenging, especially when it comes to mealtime, family chore time, bedtime and the in-between transitions throughout a day.
May is Speech and Hearing Month, and we’re sharing weekly tips on how to navigate the most common routines that families with young children regularly experience. We share tried-and-true strategies along with age-appropriate vocabulary to not only make routines painless, but to also support young children’s language growth, providing them with a strong foundation for school success.