I am Johannah one of the therapists in the Communicate & Care team. The blog writing duties have recently been passed to me.
I have found it hard to think of what to write for my first entry. So after many minutes of thinking, resulting in mild brain ache, I decided to describe a typical morning in my house…
This is inside knowledge into the wonderful chaos and beautiful carnage of having a gorgeous one year old and a dream job as a speech and language therapist. In this months entries I hope to highlight, inspire and reassure people in ways to support language development within a typical family routine. Most activities and play ideas have been inspired by the amazing people around me!
Firstly, the sounds of a waking baby are heard! Our Main priority is to get that first bottle of milk ready and get that nappy changed.
Currently our nappy changing routine is a great way to introduce new vocabulary , for example; wriggling, rolling, sitting, standing, smelly, wet, hands, arms, head, nose, ears, toes, bottom, tummy, reading, waiting.
I like to commentate on what baby is doing such as “baby wriggling”, “good girl standing”,”reading book”, “pressing button”, “stretching”, “eating zebra”, “throwing teddy”, “teddy cuddles”.
Baby is now one so I want to try and model phrases with two key words in them e.g “baby sitting”, “mama nose”, “smelly bottom”, “teddy sleeping”.
Once baby is changed it is time for milk…
Now I don’t know how other families have do it but when making up milk, it takes what seems like hours to cool down! We were able to use this time to introduce and reinforce “waiting”, “hungry” and “hot”.
We began to use baby signing/Makaton around 9 months. It doesn’t work for everyone but it has taken off in our family, even grandparents are a fan of Mr Tumble and how he teaches new signs. We have found signing key items and concepts useful especially ‘hot’, ‘tired’, ‘more’, ‘stop’.
Within a very short space of time during repetitive everyday tasks lots of simple strategies to support language development are used without even knowing!!