How to use the Parent Handbooks


Please READ ME before using the questions in the parent handbook!



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Click here for the super-abbreviated version!


Questions have been divided into two categories for organizational purposes only:


Toddlers: 1 year to 3 years (Approximate age range)

Preschoolers: 3 years to 5 years (Approximate age range)


Please note: these ages and the questions listed under each category are just general guidelines. Every child learns differently and at different speeds. They may or may not be able to answer the questions listed under their “age” category. We are simply providing a roadmap so you can see which language concepts are learned at an earlier age and which concepts traditionally develop later.


Start with the questions in the toddler category. If your child is able to answer these, then move on to asking the questions in the preschooler category. There is no harm in asking questions that are “easy” for your child. In fact, asking your child questions that they can answer correctly will help them to build more confidence in their language skills.


How do I use the Parent Handbook for each book?


Read the entire book with your child first and let them enjoy the pictures and the story. The next times you read the book, read a page and then ask a question or two. Or, if your child has a great attention span, read a couple of pages and then go back and ask questions and work on the language activities.


Wow, there are a lot of questions in each handbook.

Do I have to ask ALL of them?


No. There is no need to ask all of the questions each time you read the book Please just pick and choose a few questions….mix them up each time you read the book.


Note: For several of the questions there are multiple options listed. Please only read one question at a time and wait for your child to respond. The questions were written with multiple options to give you a variety of questions/ideas that you can use to vary the conversations each time. The questions may seem very repetitive, but we wanted you to have insight into the brain of a speech therapist.


The questions are just examples of the types of questions Lisa would have asked her clients during therapy to promote language skills. We encourage you to create your own questions or modify the ones listed.


To mix it up, you can just use the pictures to work on language skills without reading the book. Just sit with your child and look at the pictures and talk about them.


All of the questions focus on the basic language concepts that toddlers and preschoolers will learn as they grow and develop from an infant to a preschooler. These concepts include (but are not limited to):


imitation of animal sounds and environmental sounds (car, boat) for engagement and sound production practice
following directions
body part identification and naming
picture identification and naming
identification and naming of verbs/action words
answering yes/no questions
answering who, what where and when questions
understanding the concepts of me, my, your
identifying and using descriptive words: big, little, wet, tall, short
identifying and naming colors
identifying and naming prepositions (in, on, under, behind, next to)
identifying and naming shapes
identifying and naming members of categories (types of food, animals, clothing, etc.)
comparing members within the same category (what is the same and different?)


Most importantly have fun and laugh!


Don’t forget to be silly!!!



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