Tip of the day…..making inferences



When working with a little one between three and four years of age you can begin to address her ability to make inferences….I have targeted this skill as early as two and a half…and at that age…I am providing the language…and answering my own questions….allowing her to hear my verbal explanation….for example…with the two pictures above ask a question like this:

“Gregory was very hungry when he came home from school….what do you think he did first?”

Based upon the visual information above…you are hoping that she is able to look at the two pictures and determine that he ATE first…and that he did not go outside in the sprinkler…however…your little one’s processing abilities will have an impact on how well she is able to understand the sentence: Gregory was very hungry when he came home from school…what do you think he did first?…..if your little one is having difficulty in processing and understanding language…this activity may be too challenging for her.  So if this is too challenging for her…or if she is closer to two and a half years of age…I would keep the language simple…and say: Gregory is hungry…he ate.  As I point to the picture of Gregory eating chicken wings.

I would then continue to show these two pictures…and expand on my sentence…until eventually she hears: Gregory was very hungry when he came home from school…what do you think he did first?

However…if your little one is able to understand language…and process a long sentence as indicated above…then you may be ready to work on inferencing skills…

Use the two pictures below of my Andrew below….and ask: “Andrew was very tired…what do you think he did”?” 


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 resource....so 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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