How to teach your preschooler to talk-inspiration!


Taken at Sylvan Park, Miller Place New York

This picture and post is dedicated to A and her mama….I am proud, thrilled and happy for A’s mama and A….for working so hard over this past year during speech and language therapy.  Everyday A takes little steps in the right direction…little steps leading her to where she should be….and proud of her mama for recognizing the little steps…and how important they are…

Spontaneous and functional language is the language your little one uses in order to make her needs known…to be able to come up to you and express…..with words…what she wants and what she needs.  Once I start seeing spontaneous and functional language I am also working on and hoping for reciprocity of language…that is the back and forth language that occurs between two people during a conversation.  Your little one’s ability to answer a question, add information, ask you a question,  and continue the conversation.

So….I wanted to post a FB message I received from A’s mama…with permission I am proudly posting it here.  So proud of you A!!!!!!!!


From A’s mama:

I can’t take it!  A and I were outside this morning washing my car…she was trying to move the bucket and said: “it’s too heavy mom”….I asked her where she wanted to move it…she said “mom, we need to wash the other side”….I really am being shocked by her every single day.  I just want her to be able to talk and have friends.  I don’t have a journal or a blog…so I needed to write to you! Thanks Smama!


Thank you A’s mama….for allowing me to be part of A’s journey and for letting me help your little one get where she needs to be…..everyday she takes little steps…and I know she will get where there!

See you at our next visit!!

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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2 Responses to How to teach your preschooler to talk-inspiration!

  1. Kim says:

    Hi Judy….I agree….posting the success stories are very important…thanks for pointing this out to me!!!! Post with any questions if you need. I am happy to help! Best, Kim

  2. Judy says:

    Thank you for sharing success stories. My 2.5 year old daughter was just diagnosed with PDD-NOS. We’ve been working with our AEA for therapy for nearly 2 months and are starting to see little improvements, which I like to think of as stepping stones. It’s heartening to hear that a child has improved and is doing well!

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