With little tweaks to your interactions and the everyday routines you are already engaging in, you can increase opportunities for learning and growth for your child. This best part is it’s not a lot of extra work.
In the Playing With Purpose book you will learn:
The basics of language development
Why play is important for a child’s growth in the early years
How children learn during play and familiar routines
Tips for boosting speech and language skills during play
Tips for boosting speech and language skills in everyday activities
Emily Cohen is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and the owner of Tandem Speech Therapy in Austin, TX. Over her 15+ years of working with young children and their families as both a teacher and SLP, Emily learned the value of play in language development. The Playing With Purpose methodology is the culmination of that work.
Carol Garhart Mooney has been an early childhood educator for more than forty years. She is also the author of Theories of Attachment, Use Your Words, and Swinging Pendulums.
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“From its clear explanation of the developing brain of a baby to its enlightened presentation on the art of reflective childcare, I see how many times I will use this work as a resource. . . . Building on key research from infant development, psychology, and neuroscience, Maguire-Fong invites reflection on what it means to teach and to learn when working with infants and toddlers.”
—From the Foreword by J. Ronald Lally, codirector of the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd, and author of For Our Babies
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—Ross A. Thompson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
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—Elizabeth Jones, faculty emerita, Pacific Oaks College