Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Services System of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

Simple Things You Can Do To Help Your Child

Why should you use these ideas with your child?

  • Parents and childcare providers are children's main teachers.
  • Brain development for speech and language happens way before children start school. In fact, research shows that a lot of the "wiring" for speech and language is in place by age 2 1/2.
  • Parents and caregivers can have a huge impact on children's speech and language development. When parents and caregivers use these simple strategies in their daily lives, they are providing children's brains with the best possible opportunities to develop speech and language skills to last a lifetime.
  • Early speech and language skills are directly linked with literacy development and long term success in school and in life.

Unplug! Get Down! Play!

  1. UNPLUG. Turn off the TV, computer, tablet, and phone.
  2. GET DOWN to your child's level so you can see each other's eyes.
  3. PLAY! Grab some toys and join in the play. Have fun!

Language Express and the Ontario Early Years Centre Want You to GET DOWN AND PLAY!
Get down and play with your children. It sounds simple but it’s one of the most important things parents and caregivers can do to give their children a good start in life.

Check out Issue #23 of our Whistlestop Newsletter all about screen time!

Participaction
Check out these resources from Participaction that will help your family unplug and play.

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Webinars

Being the Bridge: Building Language While You Wait (for Parents of Children Birth to 2 ½ years of age)
- This e-learning course was created to provide parents with information on the role of attachment and routines in language development, insight into how communication develops from birth, as well as practical strategies to promote your child’s understanding and use of language at home. 30 minutes

The Power of Play: Creating Opportunities for Language Development (for Parents of Preschoolers – ages 2 ½ to 4) – This e-learning course was created to provide parents with information on how play skills and peer interaction skills develop, the link between pretend play, cognitive, and language development, and practical strategies for promoting your child’s understanding and use of language within playful activities at home. 30 minutes

Best Beginnings: A Parent e-Guide for Promoting the Social and Emotional Health of Children
– This e-guide was developed by York Region’s Best Start Network to provide parents in Ontario with information and tips to understand and promote their children’s social and emotional development from birth to Grade One. This e-Guide was designed to be explored by topic of interest, instead of being watched from start to finish. 70 minutes total