By: Lauren Gebhard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Bio: Lauren Gebhard completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following that, she attended the University of Tulsa, where she earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013. Ever since, Lauren has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at Little Light House, with some clinical experience as well. Lauren specializes in augmentative communication (AAC) and is a LAMP Certified Professional. She has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and has a passion for helping problem feeders learn and grow in her personal and professional life. Lauren absolutely adores the students at LLH and, in addition, has a huge heart for the families and mission of LLH, “glorifying God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families and the community.” After 8 years as a full-time SLP at Little Light House, Lauren is now serving as the Director of Therapy.
“Banana,” “Ba-nan-a,” “Ba-nnnnnn-aaaannn-uhh,” “Yes! That’s a yummy banana.” Most parents know the frustration of trying to teach their child language skills and the correct way to use words. In some way or another, we’ve all been there. You know, standing in a kitchen with a yellow banana in your hand, sounding it out in every possible way you can think up. Those are the moments you can be glad no one has a hidden camera filming you. For a parent of a child with special needs, sometimes this frustration can easily turn to discouragement. We’re here to lift your spirits and let you know that you can do it! Sometimes, it’s easy for teaching language to become a much more difficult feat than it needs to be.
One of the easiest ways to develop your little one’s language skills is to talk with them about life and the world around them. We all have a schedule of events we do day in and day out or happenings that occur in the same or very similar way to the day before and the day that follows. These daily routines of mealtime, getting dressed, bath time, and driving around in the car, are great opportunities for early language learning, because they are natural, yet repetitive! Narrating the events as they happen is extremely beneficial to your child and their understanding and use of language. However, we do not want to overload or overwhelm our children with so many words that they can’t make sense of the things going on around them.
Download the resource below for a few simple ways to create opportunities for learning language during your daily routines.
Ways to create opportunities for learning language