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Conway

2740 College Avenue 

Conway, AR 72034 

501.329.5459

conway@pediatricsplus.com

Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Little Rock

1900 Aldersgate Road 

Little Rock, AR 72205 

501.821.5459

littlerock@pediatricsplus.com

Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Russellville

301 N Sidney Ave 

Russellville, AR 72801 

479.890.5494

russellville@pediatricsplus.com

Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sherwood

1540 Country Club

Sherwood, AR 72120 

501.753.5459

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Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Administrative Office

800 Exchange Avenue, Suite 202 

Conway, AR 72032

501.328.3274

 

Milestones

At 3-6 months, your infant is really starting to show off their personality! As you see more smiles and hear more coos, try to work in these speech therapy tips to make play time even more fun.

 

Baby Talks - Expressive Language Tips

  • Imitate your baby’s coos and gurglesWhen your baby says, “goo, “ say “goo” back. This reinforces your baby’s communication attempts.
  • Make faces with your baby
    • Stick out your tongue, smack your lips, open your eyes wide. Try this with your baby in front of a mirror, too.
    • Imitate your baby’s facial expressions.
  • Blow air from your lips
    • Blow on your baby’s head, feet, hands, a Kleenex/tissue paper, or a pinwheel while baby watches.
  • Talk to your baby
    • Use different pitches and loudness levels to gain his attention.
    • Use short, playful words that relate to objects in his environment.
  • Have playtime with the ‘m’ sound
    • Make the ‘m’ sound and name ‘m’ words.
    • Point to yourself (mama), the bottle (milk), the cow (moo), and while eating (more).
  • Imitate animal sounds
    • Make the sounds of familiar animals - dog, cat, bird, horse, cow, duck.
    • Sing Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • Have fun with verbal expressions
    • Say ‘uhoh’, ‘oh my’, ‘wow’, etc. in an exaggerated way
Baby Hears - Receptive Language
  • Shake and move a rattle
    • Hold a rattle in front of baby and see if he turns his head as you move from side to side.  When he looks, shake the rattle.
  • Stand behind baby and call his name
    • See if he stops what he is doing and turns to find familiar voice.
  • Read to your baby-Read, Read, Read!
    • Provide books with large pictures and contrasting colors or bright colors, use books with simple words and a predictable outcome.
  • Name everything you see and do
    • For example, while dressing your baby say, “Mommy is putting on your shirt. Push arm through. All done”
  • Play music for baby, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes, perform finger plays
  • Start naming facial body parts
    • Take his hand and place it on different parts of your face as you name them.
    • Use exaggerated gestures along with the words “nose” (sniff), “mouth” (hum), “eye” (blink)
  • Introduce baby to the word “no”
    • When appropriate, shake your head no and say “no.”
  • Asks questions and answer them
    • Begin with “Where is (daddy, mommy, pet’s name or toy)?” and then point and say, “There (he/she/it) is!” 
Baby Understands - Cognitive/Reasoning
  • Stimulate all your baby’s senses
    • Seeing objects, hearing music, smelling/tasting, touching toys
    • Look for toys and activities that stimulate your baby’s senses
  • Give baby toys with a variety of textures
    • Provide soft plush animals, hard blocks, rubber balls, touch and feel books, and squishy toys
  • Take turns banging on objects
    • Bang the object, then say, “Your turn” and pass it to your baby
  • Place toys out of your baby’s reach or in hiding
    • Hide a toy under a cloth and encourage him to find it
  • Show baby how to use interactive toys
    • Push buttons, turn knobs, etc on toys that light up, vibrate, or make a sound when they are touched to demonstrate cause and effect.
** Information from My Baby Compass: birth to two years by Kathryn Thorson Gruhn, MA, CCC-SLP & Pediatrics Plus Speech Therapist, Sarah Kleck