Adrienne has a 7-step process to get your toddler to talk more! Click here to learn more.

Toddler Learning Activity: How to use TISSUES to help toddlers learn

Nov 13, 2018

Simple Kids Learning Activity to do at Home...with just a tissue!

How can you use a simple tissue to help your toddler learn new words? In this video you'll learn how you can look at any object through my blueprint so that you can introduce your toddler to new vocabulary while you do normal, everyday things...like blowing your nose with a tissue.

I’m Adrienne, I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist, and I help parents, like you, feel more confident and excited to make tiny tweaks to your daily life to transform mundane things into engaging, learning experiences for your toddler.

If you're looking at this tissue and thinking, "What else is there to say than...its a tissue" this blueprint is for you! You can download it at learnwithadrienne.com (my gift to you)! I designed it to help you look at everyday objects with fresh eyes, curiosity, and creativity. That way, you can intentionally surround it with words and language as you explore it together with your child. This helps...

Continue Reading...

How to get out the door on time (with toddlers): Techniques For Smooth Toddler Transitions

May 08, 2018

Getting out the door on time with a toddler?

The struggle is real.

In this video, you will learn:

Noel's Top 3 Songs for Transitioning
How to create an external routine for transitions
How to make transitions fun (for you AND your child) 

Noel, a Music Therapist, shares her tips for helping your toddler transition from one thing to another.

Noel's Top 3 Songs for Transitioning
 
1. Walking walking, hop hop, hop…
2. Ants Go Marching (Your child's name goes marching, jumping, etc.)
3. Clean up pick up put away (from Daniel Tiger)
 
Importance of Teaching Kids to Transition
 
1. Kids are learning to self-regulate
o Give a warning (10 minutes, 5 minutes, 1 minute)
o Keep positive tone
o Some kids need to regulate sensory system first or they feel out of control
Vestibular input
Proprioceptive input
Using music can help you address this issue at the same time.
Regulate their system and body= more able to follow directions
 
2. One reason kids have...
Continue Reading...

Adrienne's Ultimate Book List for babies + toddlers

May 02, 2018

These books are toddler-tested and approved!

I love these ones!

This post includes affiliate links to the books for your convenience! If you click on one of the product links and purchase something, I’ll receive a small compensation (at no additional cost to you). This help allows me to continue to make videos and resources. Thank you for your support!

       

Continue Reading...

How to increase your toddler's attention span

Apr 03, 2018

Wondering what the normal attention span is for toddlers?
8 – 15 months    1-2 minutes
16 – 19 months  2-3 minutes
20 – 24 months  3-6 minutes
25 – 36 months  5-8 minutes
3 – 4 years            8-10 minutes

How to help your toddler his or her increase attention span:

1) Give attention to gain attention:

when you give your child your full attention, without any distractions, then your children can learn from your model. When you fully attend it also helps you feel confident in how to comment and join in with their play.

2) Enrich rather than interrupt:

allow your child to develop independent concentration by giving them time to follow their own train of thought. Follow what they are playing with, rather than directing their play.

3) Help them shift their attention:

Shifting attention is an important skill for school. You can help by using their name and giving them time to shift from one thing to...

Continue Reading...

How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Feb 27, 2018

When language skills are starting to develop, toddlers can't say what they want, feel, or need, and they get frustrated and start to act out and display behaviors to try and communicate. Behavior is their way of communicating.

Your role is to teach them how to be self-aware and communicate with words or gestures so they don’t melt into a tantrum. Communication is the key.

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

In this video, Adrienne and Terra share how to get toddlers and children of all ages to talk and communicate their emotions and feelings in a clear, concise way. Using simple activities, parents, caregivers, teachers, and speech-language pathologists can learn how to help your toddler talk more and understand more language so that they can communicate better.

These tips are helpful so that they will be prepared for preschool, kindergarten, and...

Continue Reading...

How to help your toddler talk more by using a SLIDE

Sep 13, 2017

Why does GRAVITY fascinate toddlers?

I'm not sure.

But I DO know that you can use gravity to help your toddler talk more using a pretend SLIDE.

In this video, you'll learn how and why to use verbal routines and repetition to help your toddler learn to talk. 

Here is an example of a verbal routine:

1. Up up up up up

2. Ball!

3. Ready...set...go!

4. Boom!

5. I got it!

This video shows you how to layer in language skills with research-based strategies that Speech Language Pathologists use.

Strategies include:

  • Repetition
  • Cloze Strategy <--- Watch this video about the cloze strategy
  • Labeling
  • Modeling
  • Wait time

Skills include:

  • Joint attention
  • Turn-taking
  • Prepositions (when you say "up up up!")
  • Gross motor skills


Now that you've watched the video, here is your next step:
Read more about the SMALL WINS WITH TODDLERS ONLINE CLASS 

Continue Reading...

Simple Activity for Toddlers: Straws + Craft Poms

Aug 29, 2017

How do I get my toddler to talk?

In this video I share tips for getting toddlers to talk more.

Using simple toddler activities involving straws and craft poms or cotton balls, parents, caregivers, teachers, and speech language pathologists can learn how to help your toddler talk more and understand more language so that they can communicate better.

Looking for the materials I used in the video?
Silicon Straws I used
Craft Poms I used

The links above are affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and purchase something, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support my channel and allows me to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for your support!

Concepts include:

breath support
language development
pitch and volume
expressive language


WHERE I HANG OUT :
INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/learnwithadrienne/
FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/learnwithadrienne

*Make sure to supervise your child throughout the activity’s...

Continue Reading...

Simple Summer Activity for Toddlers: Spray Bottle + Water

Aug 15, 2017

It feels like a hundred degrees out.

Your toddler is standing at the door saying, "outside outside outside."

You want to make the most of your time and help your child learn how to talk.

Here is something you can try...

bring out a spray bottle filled with water or a paint brush + a bowl of water.

When I was little, my parents would bring out a paint brush and water and we painted the deck outside.

We "painted" the wood and then watched as it would dry in the sun and then we would paint it some more.

This video shows you how to layer in language skills with research-based strategies that Speech Language Pathologists use.

Strategies include:

  • Repetition
  • Labeling
  • Modeling
  • Giving 1-2 step directions
  • Following child's lead.

Skills include:

  • Joint attention
  • Learning body parts
  • Following directions
  • Turn-taking
  • Fine motor skills

Daily routine that incorporates spray bottles:

  • Cleaning windows/mirrors.

Now that you've watched the video, here is your next step:
Read more about the SMALL...

Continue Reading...

How to Get Toddlers to GO TO SLEEP: Best Bedtime Book for Relaxation

Aug 01, 2017

Bedtime with toddlers can be exhausting.

After bath time, your toddler get so riled up and wants to run around!

They like to read books before bed but then want to play Monster and hide and seek.

They change their "routine" all the time.

One night, you are pacing up and down the living room, carrying her and her stuffed toy until she falls asleep. And the next night, she wants 100 cups of water.

The next night, she can't fall a sleep unless you are lying in beside her...so how are you supposed to get time to finish up everything in the house before you have to go to bed?

The trickiest part is that sometimes...even if you spent the whole day playing outside to wear her out, she still plays around for a long time before sleep.

You read books, say prayers and sing songs, but doesn't seem to put her to sleep faster.

How do you train your child to wind down calmly?

In this video I share a book, A Kid's Guide to Relaxation & Sleep (affiliate) for getting toddlers to go to...

Continue Reading...