Don’t forget about play!

Play is important for children’s development – it helps them make sense of their world and promotes resiliency. During the pandemic, it’s important to keep children engaged in play by making time for play, creating a space, and finding ways to maintain friendships. Kids can bring the pandemic into play: curb-side delivery (instead of playingContinue reading “Don’t forget about play!”

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”

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”

Tips for communicating with family & friends during 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 talkContinue reading “Tips for communicating with family & friends during COVID-19”