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-Point
-Use One Word
-Yell
-Grab

Most answered that their child resorts to using one word to to get what he/she wants.

Check out the visuals below and read the blog articles on Language for information on how to help your child successfully communicate his/her needs.

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You can help your baby ages 13-18 months learn to point, as they should be doing at this age. The first step is when baby reaches or grabs for an object, put the item right in front of him and hand over hand prompt him to point.

Signs of Delay 6-12 Months
-Isn't making or attempting to make sounds

-Doesn't make eye contact with you

- Doesn't make vowel sounds

- Doesn't respond to name

-Doesn't respond to sounds around her

-Doesn't babble at 9 months

-Doesn't say single words "mama" "dada" around 12 months 
Language Links of Interest:
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  February, 2013
Welcome to the very first Steinberg Behavior Solutions Newsletter!

Each month will feature a different topic on behavior and children. This month's topic is Language Development. Read on for more on this subject. We look forward to your questions and feedback.
From Sarah, Our Director:

Welcome to Steinberg Behavior Solutions' monthly newsletter! This newsletter is a great way to put together our blogs, lectures, and direct consultations - into one newsletter for you to read.

 

Growing up with a younger brother with Autism, I was reminded on a daily basis of the importance of language. My brother Joshua had minimal expressive language at the age of five. When he wanted something, and nobody knew what it was - he would cry, lay on the floor, hit, and kick. That's what he learned - that if he "tantrums," everyone would stop and attend to him. The key was to give him the tools to request what he wanted the right way.

 

Those childhood memories led me, indirectly, to helping fellow college students with language processing difficulties through the Disability Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I then went on to get my Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and my Board Certification.

 

After working for another practice for six years, Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc. began in July of 2011. I now evaluate children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities - who primarily have language deficits - and, amongst other skills - implement functional communication supports for the child in the home and school setting.

 

As a mother of four young children, I see how important language and communication is - and implement many visual supports and verbal models in my daily life interactions with my children.

 

Enjoy our first newsletter and please email us with any questions you have or topics you would like to see featured in an upcoming issue.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah

 

 

Sarah Steinberg, MS, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Director, Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc.
 sarah@steinbergbehaviorsolutions.com
Increasing Language in a Young Baby

Before delving into figuring out how to help a young baby with a language delay, its first necessary to understand how language develops in a baby.

Babies learn language incidentally through imitation and positive reinforcement:

  • Imitation: Babies vocally imitate sounds such as "ma" or "da."
  • Positive reinforcement: Babies quickly learn what sounds get a reaction out of people, get them picked up, etc.

At 4-6 months of age, most babies begin to to babble, by combining consonants and vowels such as "mama," "baba". Sounds such as "mama" and "dada" won't have meaning, as being related to parents, until around 12 months. At about six months, babies will respond to hearing their name by turning their head and establishing eye contact, between 7-12 months the babbling sounds like it is making sense and babies begin trying tones and patterns similar to parents.

  

What if your baby isn't achieving these language developments?

 

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Visual Tools to Help Children with Language Delays

An Activity Choice Board is a tool you can use to help children with language delays to communicate their needs to you:
In addition, a food choice board can help a child with a language delay to communicate what they would like to eat:
We hope you enjoyed the first edition of the Steinberg Behavior Solutions Newsletter. Stay tuned for next month's newsletter on another relevant topic pertaining to Children and Behavior. Please forward on the newsletter (link at the bottom) to anyone else who would benefit from reading it.

Sincerely,

 

Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc.
6719 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Sarah@SteinbergBehaviorSolutions.com



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