A Special Note to Parents
My focus for the blog over the past 9 weeks has been to provide readers with information about what "typical" early childhood development looks like, as well as inform parents about how to obtain help for their child when they feel they need it. Empowering and educating parents is a very important part of our profession and will help children get the services they need sooner.
Parents of the preschoolers we service at the school where I work will sometimes ask for feedback from the teachers and therapists. They want to reinforce the skills taught at school in their home, which I welcome and encourage! I love when parents get involved because this is often when we see the most improvement. Parents are vital in the growth and progress of their child's speech and language development. As with most skills in life, the more we practice and the more loving, skillful support we receive, the better. The following is a poem we have hanging on the walls in our school. I love it and wanted to share it with our readers:
I dreamed I stood in a studio
and watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child's mind,
and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher;
the tools she used were books and music and art.
One was a parent with a guiding hand
and a gentle loving heart.
And when at last their work was done
they were proud of what they had wrought,
for the things they had worked into the child
could never be sold or bought.
And each agreed she would have failed
if she had worked alone,
for behind the parent stood the school,
and behind the teacher stood the home.
* Parents, remember this poem if you ever doubt the importance of the role you play in your child's education! Now as promised, some helpful links/resources for parents of children who have been diagnosed with a speech and language delay or disorder. Even on those days when you may feel frustrated and helpless, know that your investment and effort in your child's development is invaluable! Spending time TALKING with them is one of the simplest and most beneficial things a parent can do!
- How Kids Develop: Provides parents with tips and scripts to say to their children from Newborn and beyond.
Kids who play with puzzles boost math skills.