We are excited to share resources to get multilingual children and their families talking and playing, even during COVID-19 (https://bit.ly/PlayIdeasMultilingFamLab).
These resources are a result of a collaboration between MSc-SLP students from the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, Paris Begrand-Fast, Rebecca Epp, Marisa Lelekach, Tara McPhedran, Romy Pistotnik, Kira Shelton, Krista Toohey, and Taylor Wilson, and Ms. Lucero Vargas, SLP, from Multicultural Health Brokers, and I, Dr. MacLeod.
The project emerged from a conversation between Ms. Vargas and I. As a clinician, Ms. Vargas works with families who have children with communication disorders and who speak languages other than English at home. My research focuses on these diverse families. During the closure of schools and daycares due to the pandemic, I reached out to Ms. Vargas to see what I could do to help. Ms. Vargas noted that families needed simple, easy activity ideas that would provide opportunities for children to engage in language development and play. Our MSc-SLP students were up for the challenge and brought their SLP training, experience with kids, and creativity to the project.
The purpose of this project was to develop these activity ideas and share them with the Multicultural Health Brokers. While all instructions are provided in English, activities were created to be accessible for a variety of languages and cultures.
To celebrate May Speech & Hearing month, #CommunicateAwareness, the Communication Science and Disorders Department’s Dr. Esther Kim, Dr. Bill Hodgetts and I participated in today’s @UofARehabMed’ RehabMed Live. It was exciting to pull together our perspectives on connecting with loved ones and overcoming challenges.
From our lab’s work, I shared about our Survey findings and some new findings from our communicating with children survey.
We have found that most children have lost regular connections with their friends, in particular toddlers and younger school-aged children. Their connections are more limited during the week, and with fewer children
How to help? Try coordinating video play dates…
- Kids can plan a favourite game and take turns taking the lead
- “Share” a snack
- Choose a good time of the day, snack time, quiet time, …
- Brainstorm a few activities, start simple: Eye-spy, Simon says, show and tell, green-light-red-light.
- Ready to level-up? Read a book together, sing a song, learn a new dance, play dress-up, yoga, or even a craft project
Remember that these need not be long – and it might take a few play dates for everyone to get comfortable
Some great resources for parenting during the pandemic from WHO and for talking to children about COVID-19.
Early in the isolation and lock-down, we found lots of information about how to communicate with colleagues when working remotely. But we found very little on how to better communicate with family and friends. Although most of us have family and friends who live afar, we often don’t need to use “remote” tools to talk with loved ones who live nearby. In early April, our lab launched an online survey to better understand how we are communicating with family and friends during COVID-19.
We found that ( PDF Here : )
- we use different tools depending on our age
- by using different tools we are quite satisfied with our interactions with loved ones.
And we are coping well.
We did find that we were less likely to be satisfied in interactions with our elderly family and friends. How can we improve these interactions? Try calling from a quiet place, talking about something familiar, and reminisce.
#WeAreInThisTogether #UAlbertaCSD #CommunicateAwareness
Nuestro Laboratorio, en la Universidad de Alberta, está realizando una encuesta de 10 minutos en línea, para aprender más respecto de cómo se comunican los niños durante el COVID-19.
Descubre más aquí: https://forms.gle/8jb3HcyPrqzJd4kA6