June 3, 2011

Ross' Rad Reads - Your Child Talking


If you spend any time at all here on my blog, you know my daughter has a speech disorder called Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I write about it often. And today, I'd like to bestow my Ross' Rad Reads Award to a wonderful blog that is all about speech - Your Child Talking. Here's how blog author Lori, a Speech Language Pathologist, describes her special site:

Your Child Talking (or, YCT, when we’re typing quickly) is a resource center for parents who want to facilitate speech and language development for their kids.

Developed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, YCT includes a blog with tips, games, instructions and information on all aspects of speech and language development for children from birth to early teens. While most of the information is geared toward younger kids still developing speech and language, the communication needs of older children and teens are unique enough that a little information never hurts. YCT takes a parent-to-parent approach to sharing information, so there’s a lot of humor and a lot of discussion about real-life communication. Developmental charts are great for benchmarks, but don’t help a lot when you have a three-year-old in full tantrum mode because you don’t understand what they want.

This blog is not just for parents whose children have speech issues, though it is a great resource to learn more about a specific condition and its treatment. There is also lots of practical, helpful advice on how to boost your child's language development in general. Like this post about taking the opportunity to TALK to your child in the car. Or this one about language expansion.

It's great stuff, and why Your Child Talking is one of the blogs I make sure I never miss. So Lori, here's a Ross' Rad Reads Award just for you!

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