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What is “self-talk”?

In Speech-Language Pathology, “self-talk” is a technique to promote your child’s speech and language development.  To use “self-talk” at home, narrate what your child is seeing, hearing, touching, or doing out loud.  Speak to your child’s level (keep it simple!), and don’t expect your child to reply.  For example, as your child is making and eating breakfast “pour milk” or “mmmm, eating cereal”.  If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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“OWL” in for Language!

Use the acronym “O.W.L” (from the Hanen Centre) to let your child lead in communication interactions. First, Observe: Notice what your child is looking at or what he/she is interested in.  Next, Wait: Give your child some space to start an interaction or respond to you.  Lean forward and look expectantly!  Last, Listen: Pay close attention to all words and sounds.  OWL to open up opportunities for communication! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Why why why?! The Importance of Questions

Why do speech-language pathologists care about questions?  Did you know that children develop their grasp on asking and answering question words in a pretty predictable order? Usually, “what” comes first, followed by “who” and “where”.  “When” is a tougher question word, and “why” is the toughest of all.  Mastering question words lays important language groundwork! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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