Bag of Tricks: Speech & Language Tools

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  • 25 Months - Recalling Past Events

    Roman Fishing We know everyone has the classic problem of getting no answer when you ask your child “How was your day?” or “What did you do today?”.  Even at this age children are beginning to recall what they did recently.  Our first tip is to keep questions open-ended.  Instead say “Tell me about your day” or “I want to hear about all the fun things you did today”.  

    Another tip is – pictures, pictures, pictures!  Take a few pictures during your outings or even at home.  At the end of the day review what you did using the pictures as visual support.  For instance, it could be “Today we went to the zoo.  First we saw, eagles, then flamingos, then bears, etc.”  If you want them to remember very specific things like what they had for breakfast then simply take a picture of breakfast!  Videos are always an excellent resource as well!  Creating photo albums is also great for working on long-term memory.  

    And of course like we always say continue talking about what you are doing all day.  The more you talk using consistent words the more it will stick in your child’s memory.  At this point you can talk about a variety of actions, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, and more!  You will see your child’s face staring at you in amazement as they’re taking everything like a sponge.