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Children are already learning at birth, developing and learning rapidly in their early years.

The past decade has unraveled much about how children learn and develop. Studies have shown that early childhood is when developmental changes happen that can have lasting and profound consequences for a child’s future. While people have long debated whether “nurture” or “nature” plays a more vital role in child development, research reveals the importance of how the two influence each other as a child develops. Therefore, what a child experiences and is exposed to interacts with their underlying biological makeup. 

Book Summary

Did you know that you can start to talk and interact with your child as early as birth? If you did, you’re on the right track to preparing your child for the infant, toddler, and preschool years. If you didn’t, Talk, Play, and Read with Me Mommy by Jo Ann Gramlich will provide you and your child with many stimulating games and activities that are developmentally appropriate and designed to help enhance your child’s speech and language skills. There are interactive activities for infants (e.g., Lots of Sounds, Rattle Time, Peek-a-Boo), toddlers (e.g., Flashlight Fun, Surprise Bag, Bear Talk), and preschoolers (e.g., Hunting for Colors, Listen Up, Silly Stories). These games can be played when you and your child have a few extra minutes during playtime, story time, or daily routines. You can also utilize this book when you are on the move, so carry it wherever you go.

Similarly, the book features interactive activities that will enhance a child’s language development. Moms and caregivers love that the book is designed to grow with their child, featuring activities to meet the specific needs of children from birth to age five. The book features many activities that mommies or caregivers can participate in with their child throughout the day during daily routines or when driving in the van, waiting in line, or shopping at the supermarket.

Moreover, this book will help children with their speech, language, and communication needs. This will address any language concerns and give the right level of support.  With the help of parent’s guidance, this book will provide your child with sufficient opportunities to use, understand and acquire various language skills during the early years. After engaging in interactive activities and games from this book, your child will be a step closer to forming sounds and words, formulating sentences, comprehending and understanding speech, and using language socially. Young children learn on their own time and in their own way, but this book will further assist with the learning process. You can rest assured that with Talk, Play, And Read With Me Mommy, you’ll be able to teach your child in the best way and make learning fun and educational at the same time while sharing special bonding moments together.

Book Excerpt

“Early communication between you and your child is essential and begins at birth. It is important to know how to prepare your child for school long before their first ride on a school bus. This book will provide you with creative ideas to help enhance your child’s language skills during the early years.”

“Although children acquire language at a different rate due to individual differences, your child will naturally learn and develop various communication skills from birth to age five.”

“Talking and listening to your child is the most positive way to reinforce your child’s communication skills. Daily routines provide excellent opportunities for you and your child to engage in conversation.”

Readers’ Feedback

  • This would make an excellent gift for any family, especially a family expecting a first child” – Jedlie.
  • Being a parent can be an overwhelming experience, but thanks to Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy. Parents now have a quality “go-to” resource to help their children develop their speech and language skills, which are the building blocks of their little ones’ communication. I enjoy how Jo Ann incorporated interactive games for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, many of which can help stimulate, nourish, and nurture children’s minds. At the same time, they spend quality time with their families in quarantine.” – Jonathan Masiulionis.

Author’s Profile

Aside from being an award-winning author, Jo Ann Gramlich is a speech-language pathologist at Pediatric Educational and Diagnostic Services-ECMC, Buffalo, New York. Gramlich holds a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She shares her expertise by providing evaluation and speech therapy services for children with communication delays and disorders in early intervention and preschool programs in Erie County, NY. She has worked for the Buffalo Public School District of Western New York where she provided speech-language therapy for elementary and middle school-aged students as well. 

In addition, Jo Ann presents and communicates at parent and parent educator trainings, group workshops, community events, and state conferences. This allows her to connect with parents, educators, caregivers, and professionals from different agencies to help bring awareness of the importance of early intervention and language development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.