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Helping children communicate their emotions is a particular challenge for parents during COVID-19, especially when we are lock down. We pulled together resources online and found that we can help children practice naming, responding, and expressing their feelings. That we can help our kids by staying calm and showing empathy. Experts also point to the importance of regular schedules and routines – even when everything else is upside down.

Keep kids talking during COVID-19!

Use everyday activities to build your child’s language abilities. With younger children, narrate what your child is doing and what they are seeing, read books, and play word or rhyming games. Ask questions about what they are up to and what will happen next. Play “eye-spy” and “what if?” With older children, learn “pig latin”,Continue reading “Keep kids talking during COVID-19!”

Children’s communication during COVID-19: Survey Results

Early in May 2020, we launched a survey to understand how COVID-19 was impacting children’s communication. We’ll summarize the results and tips below. You can also find the results on ERA at UofA. A total of 201 parents responded who spoke English, French or Spanish at home. Parents noted that the largest change in communicationContinue reading “Children’s communication during COVID-19: Survey Results”

Excellence through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In June 2020, the Multilingual Families Lab discussed our values and what we wanted to bring forward.  We have been inspired by the work of Dr. Katta and Dr. Liboiron. We believe in excellence through equity, diversity, and inclusion. We educate ourselves about racism, discrimination, and prejudice. We are inclusive in our research to buildContinue reading “Excellence through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”

COVID-19 Multilingual Families Talking and Playing

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,Continue reading “COVID-19 Multilingual Families Talking and Playing”