Naperville Pediatric Therapy News

Speech and Language News and Tips from NPT

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Overwhelmed with Information? We Can Help!

When it comes to speech and language development, there is a wealth of information and ideas at your fingertips, which is often more overwhelming than helpful. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have all of the best and most effective information and tools sent directly to you without the guesswork? NPT is here to provide that directly to your inbox!

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Identifying Signs of an Early Language Disorder

18-24 months

  • Is your child using at least 50 words consistently?
  • Is your child engaging in eye contact?
  • Does your child imitate words and gestures independently?
  • Does your child combine 2 words in conversation?
  • Does your child respond to his or her name?
  • Does your child follow simple directions?

24-36 months

  • Is your child using 200 words consistently?
  • Is your child easily understood?
  • Does your child combine 3-4 words in conversation?
  • Does your child play well with other children?
  • Does your child follow 2-3 step directions?

If you answered "no" to any of these questions, it's time to call Colleen at NPT for your free 20 minute consultation!

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What Can We Expect from Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a phenomenal way for not only your child to learn and grow, but for you and your family to become familiar with ways to help your child.

At NPT, the focus on your family as a whole sets us apart. Parents choose to sit in sessions, or to have a conference immediately following the session with Colleen. After the initial evaluation, we work together to determine which course of action is best for your child.

Your child will thrive in the focused and fun atmosphere at the clinic. The sessions and activities are specifically tailored for your child and his or her needs. Colleen ensures that you have specific activities to complete with your child throughout the week, which helps bolster progress.

You will see your child becoming more confident in using his or her language. Whether it be commenting more throughout the day, using more words while playing with friends, transitioning and following directions more accurately, or producing sounds accurately, the growth in your child's self esteem will be wonderful!

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What Can I Do at Home to Further My Child's Speech and Language Skills?

Great question! There are so many things that you can do to build speech and language skills at home. Because you are the one who spends the most time with your child, you have endless opportunities to sneak in some practice. Be sure to check out our blog for ideas and tips as well as the parent resource tab on the NPT website.

Take Advantage of Routines

Whether it is meal time, bath time, or any other routine that you and your child participate in together, there are many options to promote speech and language.


  • Talk your child through each step of the routine.
  • For example, if you are preparing a snack, tell him or her about it. "You are in your chair! Mommy is making your snack. I am cutting apples. Here are your apples!"
  • Keep your phrases/sentences simple, and speak slowly and clearly.
  • "Eat apples. You are eating apples! Eat apples."
  • Repetition of the shortest phrases will help with retention.


  • Keeping the transitions into, during, and out of the routine the same each time is a great way to build language.
  • Similar routines allow for the use of the same vocabulary, allowing it to become more pertinent for your child.
  • Allowing your child to hear words and see what the word represents (e.g., "apple," "eat," "chair") adds to the salience of the vocabulary.
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Featured Toy/Game/App of the Month

One of the most frequent questions I receive is, "What is your favorite toy/game/app to use in therapy?" While I do have many favorites, remember that the principles I teach in therapy can be applied to nearly all toys, so don't worry!

However, it is nice to have some specific tips for a particular toy. I will use this space to do just that each month. If there is a toy/game/app you would like to be featured, please let me know and I will make sure to get it on the schedule.

This month, NPT is highlighting play food sets, particularly, the Melissa and Doug brand. The reason I love these food sets is because there are many parts, which leads to extended interest in the toy and plenty of opportunities for language use. Using the food sets, such as the pancake set pictured above, you can practice many language skills with your child.

  • Requesting (e.g., "want," "more," "bananas," "pancakes," "fork," etc. You can also use signs if your child is not verbal)
  • Two-three word phrases ("I want X," "More X, please!")
  • Multisyllabic words (banana, pancake, blueberry)
  • Pragmatic language (sharing, back and forth conversation, turn taking)
  • Following directions ("Put the banana on the pancake," "Flip the pancake.")
  • Imaginative play (create menus for a restaurant, take orders, serve breakfast, etc.)


We Would Love to Hear from You!

If there is a specific topic you would like to hear about, if you have questions or comments, or to schedule your free 20 minute consultation with NPT, please reach out to Colleen, thank you!

NPT Around Town

Colleen will be out and about in Naperville this month, come see NPT at the following locations for some treats and more speech and language tips!

Member Appreciation Days at Fry YMCA

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 9-11:30am

2120 95th Street

Naperville, IL

Stop by the NPT booth and say hello!

Health Fair at The Dailey Method Studio

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 9am

200 East 5th Avenue

Naperville, IL

The Dailey Method Naperville is hosting a health fair in our building. Come by, say hello, and meet lots of other health providers in the Naperville area.