On November 10th, Stephanie Sigal, a New York City speech – language pathologist spoke to a group of over 20 early childhood teachers, directors and special needs coordinators about how speech and language develop over the first five years of life and strategies to promote children’s speech and language skills.
Stephanie spoke about the benefits of eliminating habits that encourage poor oral motor skills (e.g., sippy cups, bottles, pacifiers) and the importance of encouraging language skills through the right level of modeling for each child. She discussed the importance of not only reading to children every day, but how important it is to choose books that will encourage speech and language skills. Stephanie pointed out how crucial it is for babies, toddlers and even school age children to be read to face-to-face so that they can observe facial expressions. Our faces, and especially our mouths should always be visible to children in conversation.
Staff left the training excited and referred to the workshop as “eye opening.” Many of the participants, who are parents themselves, spoke about how they would immediately begin to incorporate Stephanie’s tips into their work with children at home and at school.
Stephanie Sigal MA CCC-SLP offers speech, language and oral motor therapy for babies, toddlers and school age children in Manhattan. She specializes in assessing and treating articulation disorders from an oral motor perspective. Stephanie’s methods improve speech clarity and resolve problems such as tongue thrusting and drooling. Stephanie also has family-friendly language programs to help young children maximize language skills.
You can learn more about Stephanie and her Manhattan-based speech therapy company Say and Play, at: http://www.sayandplayfamily.com/