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The activities we do when on vacation can be used to support vocabulary and language skills. When used together with your kids, apps can also be useful tools to stimulate communication and fostering language carryover. This month in “Time to Talk,” speech-language pathologist Kathy Puckett shares 11 apps to use to support children’s language skills during the summer time.

Helping Our Kids Explain One of the classic cliches of the parent-child relationship is the question and answer, “What did you do today?” “Nothing.” Over the years, I have had so many parents ask if I could help them get some information from their children. I suggested that they think about the three types of questions (yes/no, wh-questions, and open-ended questions) and chose ones with easier answers. Open-ended answers are overly broad… Read More

In libraries all across America, therapy dogs are brought into libraries to provide children with a stress-free reading experience that helps them immeasurably. Often times western MA libraries host these programs, an effective way to support literacy through companionship for young readers. Read Kathy’s most recent post in her monthly column, “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” and discover the value of these programs.

This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer and speech-language pathologist, Kathy Puckett, addresses stuttering. This useful post include tips, resources and videos for supporting parents and adults raising and working with child who stutter.

Our behaviors are stitched together by a series of reactions…how we respond to things, how we process and then how we move on to another reaction. For children it is important to have some recognition of behavior and how reactions dovetail. This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Kathy lays out a fascinating column including social mapping and feeling meters and how they can be used as effective tools.

Overreacting is often a damning thing to left at your door. It’s very rarely acceptable behavior to overreact to a problem. It hinders reason, problem solving and communications. This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Hilltown Families contributing writer and speech-language pathologist, Kathy Puckett, looks at barriers to learning and how children can adopt some techniques to overcome barriers such as overreacting. Read on for some excellent tips and insights.

If students are taught HOW to learn, might they do better in school? This month in “Time to Talk,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Kathy Puckett writes about teaching kids HOW to learn and giving them a road map to school…

Did you know that American agricultural fairs originated in Western MA over 200 years ago, and that one of the main objectives of American agricultural fairs is to educate? This month in “Time to Talk,” speech-language pathologist Kathy Puckett writes about agricultural fairs in Western MA and how a trip with young kids can support not only language skills but also math skills with games based on your visit together.

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