How to Read with your Preschooler

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When reading with your preschool age child, we recommend keeping the acronym C.A.R.E in mind to remind you of th the best ways to interact with your child while reading.  

Comment “Look at the dog eating his food.”

Ask Questions “How do you think she feels?”

Respond “Oh, yes, I think he looks hungry too.”

Extend Add words to what your child says. For example:
Child: “Hungry dog eat.”
Parent: “Yes, the hungry brown dog is eating and wagging his tail.”

In general, think of reading picture books as an interactive activity. If we simply read the text cover to cover, we miss some great opportunities to help our child develop language and literacy skills. When asking children about how characters feel or think (i.e. put yourself in the shoes of another), we are providing incredible opportunities to develop empathy and social emotional skills. 

Reading should be an enjoyable, fun activity. If you are excited about reading, you are providing a great model for your child. Thinking of reading as something to look forward to, or an experience you love, will help your child become a lifelong avid reader. 

If you have specific questions about literacy or language development, we would be happy to help. Schedule a free phone consultation or click the link below to complete a short questionnaire about your child. 

Roseberry-McKibbin, C. (2018). 20Q Practical Strategies for Serving Students in Poverty with Potential and Identified Developmental Language Disorder and Their Families. SpeechPathology.com, Course 8500. Retrieved from www.speechpathology.com

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Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

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Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!