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QC Mom's Blog: Toddler Communication Class

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Every mom or dad waits for the day when their baby says its first word. Whether it's mama or dada, it's just the beginning of a child learning how to communicate.
    
Now there's a monthly group meeting where parents and their little ones can work on communication skills.
     
The toddler language group is the feature of this edition of the QC Mom's Blog.

"The important part is that you're engaging them in the moment with them," said Abbie Keibler.

When it comes to communicating with kids, Abbie Keibler talks the talk. She's a speech and language pathologist with the Mississippi Bend AEA and once a month she runs the toddler language group. It's kind of a combination play date and language seminar for kids and their parents.

"We pull caregivers aside to give talk about ways can use communications at home, improve communication through routine activities through games, playing easy ways to help children improve communication," said Keibler.

The meetings are held the first Friday of the month at the Bettendorf Family Museum. Kids interact with their parents and other kids. They play games and read stories. Each month there's a different topic, but all center on helping little ones learn how to better communicate. Jennifer Moore and her daughter Katie have been coming for several months.

"It's really just a great opportunity to find different setting to build on skills we work on at home and with therapist," said Moore. "Nice change of pace and exciting for the kids.

"For young kids blocks are a great way to do that, for older kids play games like memory," said Keibler.

Typically 20 to 30 kids and their parents show up for the sessions. Some have issues with their speech, but many do not.
   
The goal is to teach parents how kids communicate and how to better understand them. One thing everyone learns is communication with a toddler isn't always easy.

"A lot has been, I thought my kid was only one who acted like this, or who wasn't talking or who sounded like this," said Keibler. "They see other kids and parents."

Abbie says she's seeing success. Little Katie loves coming here every month and her mom says the sessions are making a difference for her daughter.

"It's a wonderful chance for her to interact with other kids language skills have evolved since started here," said Moore.

 

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