Friday, May 29, 2009
The Big Book of Exclamations
Brandon likes books but he does not like to have his mom read books to him. Perhaps it is because she interrupts his careful page turning or because her talking makes it hard for him to focus on the details that he loves in pictures. Whatever the reason, it was frustrating for Brandon's mom because reading together was something that she wanted to do with him. She was so excited when she found that Brandon would willingly become engaged in reading The Big Book of Exclamations with her.
Brandon is not saying many words and his understanding of words is limited and inconsistent. When his Speech Pathologist, David Harper M.S. CCC, suggested that mom read The Big Book of Exclamations with Brandon, she was surprised at how many exclamation words Brandon recognized and how much he loved hearing these words. Ah Oh! BEEP BEEP! Weeeeee! He studied the milk spilling, the car honking and the child sliding down a slide with great interest as mom read these highly expressive words.
Speech Pathologists really do have some good tricks for getting young kids using and listening to words, as you will soon discover if you read The Big Book of Exclamations to your child. Teri Kaminski-Peterson, M.S. CCC, the author has provided strategies for reading the book that are every bit as important as the lovely pictures and perfect word selection. This book is appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers who are just starting to talk and even pre-readers who like to memorize the text in a book and then read it to an appreciative listener.