Helping your Toddler Increase their Speech and Language

Lil’ Sprouts is a 10 week course designed for parents/caregivers with their children. The goal of this program is to teach parents/caregivers how to increase speech and language within their home environment. Children enrolled may be developing at a normal/average rate or may be delayed in speech and language development. Children are between the ages of 18 months to 2 ½ years. Due to limited space, we request that siblings do not attend the Lil’ Sprout sessions.

Topics for our 10 week course are as follows:

  • Speech and sound development and basic sign language
  • The development of receptive language skills
  • The development of expressive language skills
  • The interaction of play skills and communication
  • The interaction of sensory skills and communication
  • The interaction of oral motor skills and communication
  • Use of toys and basic play concepts

The first 25 minutes of the session are spent discussing our topic and teaching you and your child how to complete a task related to our topic. The next 10 minutes are spent at a table for a snack time. During snack time the clinicians help the children to use sign language, word approximations or simple words to request for food. The final 10 minutes are spent doing a circle time activity and singing a song related to our weekly topic. Each week the family is given a handout with home program ideas and ways for you to increase your child’s speech and language development at home. Please feel free to interact with other families in the group. This is a time to find out what works for other families and try ideas out on your own!

The Lil’ Sprouts program is a great way to meet other families with children that are in the same age-range as your child. It’s also a great way to have a professional monitor your child’s speech and language development and give you tips on how to make communication easier within your home environment. If you are interested in this program, please contact Kristina Frimmel at 248-655-5975 or by email at kvoorhees@beaumonthospitals.com.

– Kristina Frimmel, M.A., CCC-SLP

2 Responses to “Helping your Toddler Increase their Speech and Language”


  1. 1 Nikki Andriani January 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Little Sprouts is a wonderful program! We saw improvement in our daughter’s speech immediately and she loved attending the class. I highly recommend!!!!


  1. 1 Sign Language for Toddlers » Blog Archive » Latest language toddler news – Symmes and Loveland Library Events (Loveland Magazine) » Sign Language for Toddlers Trackback on August 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

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