When you have your first born and you truly aren’t sure of the time table for many milestones, it can get quite confusing and even frustrating when you start seeing babies and toddlers doing things that yours is not doing at a similar age.
I had my own copy of What to Expect of The Baby Years and the Toddler Years, too. But still, sometimes there is window of time for certain milestones to occur or be met.
I remember Emma hitting many before the time that she was even supposed to be according to the books, like standing at 7 months in her crib holding on or walking at 9 months on her own and running by 10 months!
But then came talking and she would say words here and there, but by the time she was heading to two years old, she was still only saying words and very short phrases, but no sentences at all.
I was worried, because as a first time mom, I would see other kids around her age, who were apparently speaking better. I asked her pediatrician and was told as long as she was saying some words and a few phrases she was fine and that was that.
But at the same time, I was told her ears were full of wax. When asked if they could do something about this, was then told to use an over the counter product and dismissed us and the issue at hand. Luckily, I thought better and set up an appointment at a local ENT, where I was told she needed to use drops and then they would free her ears in about a week’s time of the remaining wax.
They did just that and within days, she starting to speak clearer and using longer phrases and then even sentences.
Our case was cut and dry one being more of a hearing issue then speech. And I have since changed pediatricians. Yet, that is a another story for another day.
However, I was recently introduced to program to help develop children’s speech, who are indeed in need.
So please read further to learn about this now from the developers of Lands of Sounds.
Parents often ask us: how to stimulate the proper development of speech in children? We present you with a great program, Land of Sounds, which will appeal to younger children, who are just learning to speak, as well as to already speaking preschoolers, who get to know and name the world. It is also a perfect tool to stimulate speech for children with the delayed speech development. The Land of Sounds program may be also used as the supplement to the speech therapy.
Where to find the Land of Sounds program?
The program is available on-line at Lands Of Sounds. Without registration you can play with several fames and exercises. After a quick registration the users can use all resources of the program. You can find here hundreds of animations and games supporting the development of children’s speech.
And here’s good news: until the end of October you can use the program completely for free! You just need to register.
How does the Land of Sounds program work?
After registering on the website and logging in you can use the resources of several major sections: “exercises”, “games”, “exercises with a guide” and “knowledge library”.
Section “Exercises” for the youngest
You will find here a lot of animations with sounds made by animals, vehicles, devices and sounds associated with every day activities and situations. In next scenes there are presented different sources of sounds in the form of images and onomatopoeic words. The child by watching the cinematographic animations, listens to the onomatopoeic sounds of the speech. He can also try to repeat the expressions during the exercise.
Using onomatopoeic words is an important stage in the development of child’s speech. In this way he replaces too difficult words with those that are easier to say. Because of that in a simplified way he names the surrounding world and achieves his first success in communication. As a result, he more likely establishes the language contact with the environment!
For children, who move from the stage of onomatopoeic speech to the stage of words and sentences there are animations, in which they get to know the names of objects and activities.
Games in this section will definitely interest the youngest children learning to speak and developing speech. They will also be great while working with children with the delayed speech development.
The Land of Sounds program has a very large base of animations. This allows each toddler to find something interesting here. Doing the exercises – tests you can check how the child recognises and associates the sounds with the sources making them.
Section “Games” for preschoolers
Using games and activities in this section, the children perpetuate the sounds of onomatopoeic words learnt in the section “Exercises”. To use the games you just need basic skills of using the mouse and keyboard. The level of difficulty of games is adjusted to the age of the children. You can find labyrinths, memory games, tasks involving collecting objects and many others!
“Virtual advisor” or the exercises with a guide
Apart from access to hundreds of animations, you can use the aid of the virtual advisor, who will tell you how to preferably begin the work with the Land of Sounds program. You just need to fill in a short survey, and the virtual advisor will direct you towards the best place to start work and will look after your progress. At any time you can cancel the virtual advisor and move to the selected exercises and games.
Library of knowledge
In the library you can find interesting articles in the field of speech therapy, as well as those from which the parents can learn how to stimulate the proper development of speech of their child.
Exercises in the program are selected with great care, appropriately to the age of children and their cognitive areas. The Land of Sounds program is worth recommending for one more reason: it has a beautiful, calm, uncluttered with excessive number of elements graphics and beautifully recorded sounds. We can fully recommend this program as the tool to stimulate the development of the child’s speech! We recommend it!
**Service landofsounds.com was created from the EU funds grant (Innovative Economy Operational Program, activity 8.1)**
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