Have you ever had something just kind of fall into your lap exactly when you need it? Just a perfect timing kind of thing?
Well, that’s pretty much what happened with this particular book series.
While Nicholas has started talking, and is now using quite a few words, it’s still not easy. He knows what he wants but still, on occasion, has trouble remembering what the correct words are and gets easily frustrated when he can’t place a word with an object.
We’re also encountering the problem that when he gets excited or overwhelmed, he thinks faster than he speaks and it all comes out as baby babble. Not only does this make for a frustrated toddler, but a frustrated mama as well.
To give you an example, getting him dressed can be a battle. To him, it’s all clothing, it’s all the same thing. So, you may ask him to put on his pants. In all his eagerness to do it himself, he grabs a shirt and tries to put it on. If you try to correct him and show him the pants, he gets frustrated because he didn’t do it right and then gets frustrated because he didn’t want your help. If you don’t correct him he gets frustrated because putting a shirt on in place of pants obviously just doesn’t work.
It doesn’t matter if you are only trying to help him and explain that to him. When it comes to spoken language, a good majority of the time, the meaning behind each word is lost. He hears pants but his mind just doesn’t place the meaning of that word with its corresponding object.
When Susan Jones Moore from Create2Speak first contacted me about reviewing her book series, I couldn’t believe how perfect the timing was! I just couldn’t say no 🙂
These books (there are 4 currently in the series) make it fun for children with speech delays to begin associating words with objects. They offer a short but fun story for parents to read and the images to correspond so that kids can see them both but that’s not all! Throughout the story, each page’s focus word is also signed out for you, teaching you and your child how to use sign language to express wants, needs and more!
By seeing the picture, the word, and the sign for each object at the same time, your child is able to make more connections with that word and, in turn, are much more likely to retain that information.
Each book in the series is made up of bright, colorful, and fun images that will engage your toddler and yet are short enough that they won’t last longer than their attention spans.
Nicholas’ favorite, by far, has been The Travel Book. He loves anything and everything to do with planes, trains and cars but for me, The Getting Dressed Book has become a lifesaver!
Finding that each article of clothing from shirt and shoes to pants and coat are included was huge! We’ve been reading this particular book each day before getting dressed and it has taken so much stress out of our mornings. It’s taken no time at all from our morning routine as we can have it read in less that 5 minutes but it makes getting him dressed SO much easier!
As we read through the book, we look at the pictures and practice each of the signs. Once we’re done, we move right on to getting dressed and for each article of clothing he needs to put on I say it and sign it. We’re still working on socks as that one seems to be little bit more difficult for him to remember but as for the rest, he knows the difference. When you say pants, he goes for the pants!
I really don’t think that I could possibly say enough good things about Susan or the Create2Speak series. They have become a staple in our household and, at times, have given Nicholas a new way to understand and be understood when he couldn’t before.
Have you tried out the Create2Speak series? What book do you think would help you and your child the most?