My First Sounds and Words-Giveaway!



Purchase MY FIRST SOUNDS AND WORDS-comment here and on my Etsy site.  You are then entered to win a FREE 30 minute phone consult.  Winners will be picked weekly!

I have had great reviews so far and also am making wonderful progress with the little ones during therapy!  The pictures are fun and vibrant-the kids are having an easy time remembering the sound or word that is tied with the picture.  Great for sound imitation and also can be used on a receptive level (point to the cow, show me the owl, give me the puppy).

Set 2 will be out soon!



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My First Sounds and Words-Sale!



MY FIRST SOUNDS AND WORDS FLASHCARDS contain over 40 cards targeting early sounds and words that your baby can say.  Most flashcards for sale DO NOT target easy sounds and words that your little one can say.  Be sure to get your set today!

You can purchase the flashcards (originally selling for $10.00), if you use coupon code: thespeechmama4 or bingo you can get the flashcards for only $5.00!!  AND…if you write a review on my Etsy site I will email you the coordinating BINGO GAME for FREE!!!  Great reviews so far!







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My First Sounds and Words!


Learn with Adrienne

Be sure to watch Adrienne’s live video which aired on Friday, August 5, 2016.  Thanks so much Adrienne for sharing them-so glad to have connected with you!


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What are the first sounds a baby will make?


Be sure to buy My First Sounds and Words on Etsy and watch Learn with Adrienne on her Facebook page this Friday, Augusts 5, 2016.  Adrienne will demonstrate effective ways you can use my flashcards in order to elicit the early sounds in English.  So excited to have connected with her.

Three PDFs available to download for the same price!
Print four flashcards per page: 4.25X5.5
Print one flashcard per page: 4.25X5.5
Print one flashcard per page: 5X8

My First Sounds and Words Flashcards contains over 40 flashcards/pictures that are easiest for your baby/toddler to say. The flashcards contain pictures of sounds and words that are acquired first by your baby (M, B, P, H & N). Most flashcards available to parents target words that are TOO challenging for your little one. This set contains words and sounds that your baby/toddler will naturally have an easier time in imitating or when saying the name of picture card. My First Sounds and Words was developed by myself, Kimberly Marino. I am a licensed speech and language pathologist (and feeding specialist) and have been working for over 23 years with children from birth to three. These cards truly were developed out of necessity-given the limit on flashcards that are easiest for baby/toddler to say. The flashcards are colorful and vibrant and fun for your little one to look at! A brief explanation is given to help you help your little one say the early sounds and a link to my website is provided. Best of all my website has my email posted-for you to contact me with any speech-language-feeding question.
Have fun!
Kimberly Marino MA, CCC, TSHH, N-6
Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist
Feeding Specialist

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My First Sounds and Words


My First Sounds and Words

I am very excited to introduce a project that I have been working: My First Sounds and Words which can be found on  Thanks to the help of my sister in law Diana (she designed the photos)-I am happy to share this link with you.

There are over 40 flashcards: words and sounds that are easiest for your little one to produce ( M, B, P, H & N).  Most flashcards available to parents target words that are TOO challenging for your little one.   The flashcards are colorful and vibrant and fun for your little one to look at!   There also is an explanation on how you can help your little one produce the target sound!

I am also super excited to have connected with Adrienne Patterson, SLP from Learn with Adrienne On Friday August 5, 2016 Adrienne will be featuring my product in her “Feature Friday” Video.  Looking forward!

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How to teach your baby to talk



When I am working with a little one (12 -18 months) on expressive language development (that means the sounds/words she is producing-her use of words) the challenge can be getting the little one to understand that I want her to imitate (say) the sound I am  producing.  It is a very hard concept for a child this age to understand and grasp that you want her to repeat what you are saying.

A very simple strategy I use to help her understand sound imitation is to first get her to understand gross motor imitation (imitating a motor movement) and the phrase “you do”.  So I like to start off with simple gross motor directives such as: clap hands, touch head,  or push (maybe pushing open hand on play doh).  The goal is for the little one to understand and imitate the gross motor directive.  So when I am clapping my hands..I am saying “clap hands, you do”.  Now at first of course she may not understand the direction…so hand over hand I will help her to clap her hands.  I will give her this assistance until she is able to understand the direction on her own just hearing the words: “clap hands, you do”.  I follow the same model with all the other gross motor directions indicated above.  What is amazing to me is that once I see that the little one is able to follow a gross motor directive she usually then is ready to follow verbal directive and she is able to make an attempt to imitate sound or words!

I have had the pleasure of working with a little girl named Emma (thank you for allowing me to share part of her story mom and dad).  I have been with her since about September of 2014, she was just about to turn one in October of 2014.  Emma suffered a stroke in utero and this stroke impacted the language area of her brain.  Following the model indicated above the right side of her brain (the non language side) has compensated and she is acquiring language.  Emma is imitating sounds and simple word forms (and more complex sounds-ones I actually would not expect to hear in her repertoire!)  It was great to see that once Emma understood the phrase: you do in reference to a gross motor directive-she was ready to understand sound imitation!

I am in the process of putting together early sounds and words picture cards that you can easily use with your little one to reinforce sound imitation and word production.

Great work Emma!


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My first Pay it Forward Post!

Meet Sophie and read her story…please consider clicking on the donate button to the right of this post and make a donation to Sophie.  In the form below you can if you want write who you are and comment regarding your donation for Sophie!

Sophie Pellegrino is a special little girl who is always happy and energetic. Sophie was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. She spent a year and a half with a G-tube for feeding because she could not eat orally. She would throw up 90% of her feedings and lacked the proper nutrition to grow. Sophie had a bleed on the brain from trauma from delivery which resulted in hydrocephalus and the placement of a VP Shunt. Sophie also was born with two holes in her heart a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD).
Sophie will be having a multifaceted surgery due to the cleft lip and palate. Her surgery will consist of having a prosthesis that is currently screwed in to the roof of her mouth covering her opened hard palate, removed. During the same surgery, she will have the cleft in her hard palate repaired, as well as a revision to her soft palate which is not making proper closure and is affecting speech. Sophie will also have reconstruction to her inner and outer nostril, and upper lip, as well as tubes placed in her ears.
Prior to Sophie’s surgery, preoperative appointments are needed for clearance with specialists overseeing her health care. Sophie will also have to have extensive presurgical testing due to her health related issues.
Sophie’s recovery will be very stringent. She cannot attend school, eating will be a challenge, and she will have to have a speech/feeding therapist work with her daily to ensure the mechanics of her mouth are working properly and speech progresses. Proper wound care will have to be procured for the internal parts of her mouth and nose, as well as the external parts of her lip and nose to ensure sutures stay closed, heal, and are safeguarded from infection. Sophie is an amazing little girl who has stolen our hearts from day one. She attends my Learning Center, Kiddie Academy of East Setauket and is a very special part of it!


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A change to my blog-The Pay it Forward Project

As many of you know over the past three holiday seasons I hosted a family and provided them with gifts for the parents and young children in each of the families.  With the help of so many family and friends we were lucky enough to give all three families an incredible holiday.  But the holiday season is not the only time of the year that people are in need.  I am writing this post and asking you to share this on your FB page, on Twitter, email…wherever you can.  If you know of someone who is in need of something (I will be more specific below)…have them send me their story…and I will be happy to blog about it and share with as many people as I can.  Once I blog about their need…I will be asking people to donate to their cause (like a Go Fund ME)…but I will be doing the work…collecting the donations..reporting on how much we have collected and then sharing with the family.  There are many people in need who often times have a hard time asking for help from others…and may even feel ashamed to do so.

There are many times of the year people are in need: holidays, birthdays, back to school items, clothing, food, medical bills, therapy for their child (if not provided in the town they live in).  Tell me your story and I will be happy to blog about your need, a cause, or a foundation in need.

So I start off my pay it forward project with information I am so thrilled to share from Janson West who crochets barefoot sandals and is donating them for free to those in need!  How awesome.

I make crochet barefoot sandals and I am very interested in making some for girls and boys who cannot wear traditional shoes.
PM me if you would be interested. This will be entirely free!
All I will need is for you to visit my page, choose a style, and let me know where to send them! smile emoticon

The only condition is that I would like a picture of your angels wearing them, and permission to post to my page ^^


Janson Marie West's photo.
Janson Marie West's photo.
Janson Marie West's photo.
Janson Marie West's photo.


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I love giving back and paying it forward.  My family and I do every Christmas and throughout the year.  If you read my blog you will see the many times I have given back and always pay it forward.  All I ask today is for you to vote on the chips my four rugrats and I created.  Help us to win and of course give back.!/my-flavors?type=my

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How to treat the lateral lisp?

Wow!  It has been since September of 2014 that I wrote a blog post (not in reference to speech though…more about thoughts on life)…and it has been over a year since I posted anything related to speech and language…ahh!

Over the past year I have been taking courses, reading, studying, and learning anything I can about feeding concerns related to toddlers who present with significant aversions to textured foods…and really making it my primary focus for therapy.  It has been so rewarding to help the many mamas out there with little ones who really will not move past the Stage One and Stage Two baby foods.  I look forward to writing a post about JM…who came to me only nursing (at the time he was 18 months of age)…with a diagnosis of failure to thrive and at great risk for a G-tube due to limited nutritional intake, only nursing, and complete refusal to have anything at all near his mouth or in his mouth (except when he nursed).  How scary for the mama!  She said to me: what if I get sick?…what if I was ever hospitalized?  Scary!

The doctors recommended that she just stop nursing him…and said “eventually he will be so hungry…he will eat”.  I have found with the children I work with…that kids will not eat what they do not want to eat ( I sure as heck do not!)…and more importantly they will not eat what they CAN NOT eat due to significant feeding aversions. They do not have typical hunger cycles like we do…and sometimes they actually are not hungry for longer periods of time.  Ok…well I have really diverged from the topic of today’s blog post…and will be sure to come back to this at a later date.  But am thrilled to say..that JM is now eating all table foods, drinking from a straw and trying all new foods (the youngest of four he eats better than all of them!).



(great to see a messy eater!)

Well my connection with JM…actually connected me to another mama…she too has a little one with feeding concerns…when reading my blog she indicated that she was looking for information regarding her older son and how to help him with his lateral lisp.  So I write this blog post for her!

I would like to start off  by indicating that there are four types of lisps:

1. Palatal lisp:this in when your tongue hits the soft palate (velum) while making the /s/ and /z/ sound.

2.  Lateral lisp: this is when air escapes out of the sides of the tongue

3. Dentalized lisp: when your tongue hits the teeth during production of the /s/ and /z/  sounds

4. Interdental lisp: when your tongue goes between your front teeth and produces the TH sound for the /s/ and /z/ sounds.

*It should be noted that the palatal and lateral lisp are not typical developmental errors.  Children will not just “grow out” these errors.  If you note that your child has either of the two it is suggested that you investigate private therapy.

Strategies for lateral lisp:

This is a very simple strategy that I use during therapy (but refer to you to the link below for more comprehensive information regarding treating the lateral lisp).

Have your child produce the T sound.  In general the placement for the T sound is the same for the S sound.  I ask the child to produce the T sound repetitively and fast: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTT…which will then shape the T sound into the S.  As you quickly repeat the T sound…you can actually “slide” it into the S sound.  Try it and you will see that you have produced the S sound.

Now for more of the comprehensive information.  Dr. Caroline Bowen…..I had the pleasure of having many conversations with her over email and Twitter last year.  She has an incredible website with a plethora of information.  I  frequent her website and share her site with others.  It is a fabulous resource and am thankful to have her site as a resource for me.

Dr. Bowen talks about using the Butterfly procedure:

The main idea for the “Butterfly Procedure” is that your tongue should be a representation of a butterfly.  The sides of your tongue are up just slightly like the wings on a butterfly..and the middle of your tongue the body of the butterfly. With the sides of your tongue touching slightly on the sides of your teeth…as air flow goes down the body of the tongue.  Your first step would be to have the child hold the position of the tongue for the E sound as in SEE or the I sound as in RIM…and then attempt for the S sound keeping the butterfly position with the tongue.

Dr. Bowen outlines ten steps….so for more information please click on the link above…as the above information was just a little synopsis.

Hope that was helpful!



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