Q. My child is starting pre-school soon. I’m not sure where he should be with language skills.
A. Preschoolers (age 3-5) often have a lot to say. They love imaginative play and are usually understood by peers and adults. As a general rule, 3 yr old children should be understood about 75%-100% of the time by unfamiliar listeners (Bowen 1998). They should be able to follow simple instructions, answer and ask simple questions, understand and use descriptive language and have a large repertoire of nouns and verbs. If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language, contact a Speech-Language Pathologist for an evaluation.
Meredith Sorokwasz M.A., CCC-SLP | Let’s Talk Speech www.letstalkdallas.com
Q. Interested to know best practice for avoiding the flu this season.
A. Prevention is key! The flu shot is still the best protection against the flu, and the CDC recommends that all healthy children receive the vaccine. Make sure your kids know to wash their hands often and to cough into their elbow or cover their mouths when sneezing. If your children already have the flu, keep them hydrated, comfortable, and well-rested while you ride it out. Pick any clear fluid (water, juices, broth or electrolyte solutions like Pedialyte) and watch out for signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, cracked lips, cold or dry skin, and low energy. The body’s lowered immunity can also lead to secondary bacterial infections, so alert your pediatrician if your child develops difficulty breathing or any other unusual symptoms.