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Using St. Patrick’s Day to Build Your Child’s Language

One of our speech language pathologists, Lauren Walence, shares ways to have fun with your child on St. Patrick’s day while incorporating new vocabulary and building language skills. Read below:

A great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to have a little bit o’ fun with your kids! Using sabotage can be a valuable strategy when expanding your child’s expressive language skills. What is sabotage? Sabotage is a way to stop anticipating your child’s needs, play dumb, and give your child time to think about how they are going to communicate what is happening in their world. Allowing a mischievous leprechaun to leave a few surprises while your child sleeps will provide them with rich language opportunities when they wake up and talk about everything the leprechaun switched around. Here are some easy, festive ideas:

  • Green milk for their cereal
  • Use a doll’s shoe to make leprechaun footprints across the counter
  • Sneaky temporary shamrock tattoos
  • Hide gold coins and talk about where they were found
  • Move furniture from its ordinary spot or turn it upside down!
  • Hang rainbow streamers in your child’s doorway
  • Swap a Cheerios bag with Lucky Charms cereal

Once you’ve found all the leprechaun’s tricks, take the time to make leprechaun pancakes, see recipe here: https://www.craftymorning.com/st-patricks-day-lucky-pancakes/  Cooking together is a great way to input new vocabulary, build language skills and bond with your little one. Don’t forget to read a St. Patrick’s Day book before these festivities to give your child context as to what a leprechaun is and what mischief they get into!

Happy New Year!


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Staff Spotlight
Gloria Menezes-Furtado, M.E.D., LSLS Cert AVT
Gloria holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature, as well as a Master’s of Education of the Deaf. She is a certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist and holds certification as a Teacher of the Deaf. She has worked with children and their families for more than fourteen years. Her experiences include supporting mainstream students with hearing loss in areas of language and academics, as well as individualized instruction in speech and auditory skills. Gloria has become a mentor to others in the field because of her expertise in the Auditory-Verbal approach to therapy for deaf children. Her interests include integrating technology into intervention and using a whole-child approach, and working with children with additional disabilities.
William Mellon, B.A.
Will Mellon is a research and clinical assistant at Chattering Children. Will holds a BA from Skidmore College in psychology and history. He assists the Chattering Children audiologists with clinical operations and research involving children with hearing loss. Will is a bilateral cochlear implant user who received his first CI at age two.

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Noisy Toys are a No-no!
Some toys are so noisy that they can cause additional hearing loss or can be painful for your little one to hear. Check out the Sight & Hearing Association’s Noisy Toys List of 2017 shown below. It lists popular toys with their targeted ages and measure of decibels each toy emits.

Most of these toys fall in the red zone on the Audiogram of Familiar Sounds, which can be as loud as an airplane jet or semi-truck. Try to avoid these toys or keep the batteries out! Another trick is to cover the speaker holes with clear packing tape to reduce the sound.