Face to Face Interactions

One of the first tools deployed in any good speech-language pathologist’s toolbox is getting face-to-face with a child. It is one of the first activities taught in many parent training programs, such as the Hanen Programme and DIR Floortime, and for good reason. Verbal communication and learning to verbally communicate start with nonverbal communication. A child who regularly and effectively communicates via facial expressions, gestures, and eventually sounds will have a much easier time moving to words than a child who doesn’t employ those tools. To help our children learn to use those precursors to verbal language, we need to …

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