Ever wonder if your child’s language is developing as it should be? How many words should be spoken and by what age? What types of words should your child be saying? What about all of the precursors to language? Dr. Roxanne Belanger, speech-language pathologist and assistant professor with the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University talks about her research with children who were born premature as well as her latest work with preschool children. She also debunks language development and what to expect at 12 months, 15 months, 24 months and much more.
We discuss this video, which is a great example of some of the very important precursors to a child’s first words: babbling, varying intonation, joint attention, eye contact and social interaction. It's also really really cute!:
The following are some of the websites/resources mentioned by Dr. Bélanger during the episode:
I also really like the Australian milestone brochures available here.
RECRUITING!!! NEW STUDY REGARDING THE EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF CHILDREN AT RISK FOR A
DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE DISORDER
Dr. Bélanger is currently collecting data on children between the ages of 33 and 40 months using formal parent questionnaires as well as a comprehensive language assessment. If you are from North Eastern Ontario, Canada and are interested in having your child participate in this study, please contact Dr. Bélanger and her research team at email@example.com. The results of your child's assessment will be shared with you and you will receive a $50 voucher to offset the costs of travel and parking. The research team will also go to your child's daycare to conduct the assessment if that is an easier option for your family. Even if you don't have any concerns regarding your child's language development, your participation will help identify children at a younger age and get them the help they need.
Speech Mythologist...Speech Pterodactyl...Cheap Therapist? Say What? With Lauren Hermann @speechstories
In my 17 years as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), I must have had to explains over a gazillion times what it is that I do. Turns out that Lauren Hermann, SLP from California USA, has had the same "problem". She and I met over Instagram (Lauren's handle is: @speechstories) and so I asked her to be a guest on The Parlé Podcast. This podcast is about what we do as SLPs and about her upcoming book. That's right! Lauren is writing this super cool book that you might be able to be a part of. There are many fun facts in this episode so be sure to listen! Three YouTube videos are brought up during the episode so I have provided the links below in the order in which they are mentioned. Lauren also talks about a few websites/resources that she enjoys. I also added the link that takes you directly to her work stories on imagur:
2) Tactus Therapy
I talked about this great Netflix Documentary called "My Beautiful Broken Brain". Check it out!
Grab a coffee or a glass of wine or whatever and enjoy!
This podcast is uncut and a real conversation with my husband, Kevin Crittenden, about ADHD and how it has impacted his social communication and his everyday life at home, at work and in social contexts. Kevin was diagnosed as having ADHD as a child, but was under the assumption, as are many still today, that ADHD was a disorder that only affects children and youth. He talks about his journey as a child and how he discovered he still had ADHD as an adult. This is how we spent our evening on Valentine's Day. Be sure to listen to the bloopers and outtakes! There are many!
See if you can count how many times he interrupts me during the episode!! ;-)
During the podcast, I mention a great website called ADDitude Magazine: https://www.additudemag.com/. Click here to check it out. They also have a fantastic podcast.
Kevin also talks about a Nature of Things video that he saw on ADHD which aired on CBC: "ADHD: Not Just for Kids" with David Suzuki. I was able to find the video. Click here to get redirected to that page. Or you can watch the YouTube video here:
We also chat about this meme that shows how a person with ADHD might tell a story and I thought I would share it here:
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Finally, here is the Ted Talk by Jessica McCabe who talks about her experience as an adult with ADHD:
In this podcast, Alex Cross, PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario, talks about the interrelationship between language and math. She also talks about the three ways by which we can represent quantities. Some are more language based than others. This podcast provides great tips for parents and educators who work with children who have difficulties with language and/or math. We also talk about her YouTube video which explains a bit about DLD in the classroom, most particularly as it pertains to sciences. Here is the link.
Alex also talks about her favorite resource: www.RADLD.org. Check out this amazing website on DLD.
S1 Ep. 1 Talking is only one way of communicating: Ashley Tindall tells her story as a brain injury survivor
In this very first episode, Ashley Tindall talks about her story as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. She talks about her upcoming book: "The Way I See Things", authored by herself and her mother. Ashley also talks about the physical and communication difficulties she encountered post injury and her journey to recovery. She also talks about communication being way more than just talking and listening. Today she is 18 years post injury and is a true success story as a University graduate, advocate for TBI, book author and much more! Have a listen.
There you have it! The intro to the podcast is finally available! It's been months of preparation but I finally made it to this poing. There are a few kinks to iron out but I'm confident that we will get there. This intro gives a snap shot of what the podcast will be about. I have a lot of guests lined up and look forward to seeing how this new adventure will unfold. Thanks for listening! Feel free to write comments and questions below.
Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Speech-Language Pathologist and researcher, hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.