The ultimate tool for early childhood language learning

By Jeffrey Marler on October 2, 2014 in Blog with 1 Comment

Your young child could be missing out on essential language skills for academic success — even if they’re enrolled in preschool

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ASPIRE Interventions is doing something new, and we wanted you to be the first to know about it.

We’ve already begun a pilot program in The Goddard School of Southlakeand it’s been a first-class success. Using scientific research-based methods, children as young as 24 months old are building language skills that will equip them for elementary, middle and even their high school years.
So how do you take a wonderful preschool learning experience, like the one at The Goddard School, and enhance it, instilling skills, habits and behavior that children will carry with them throughout all phases of their academic life?
How can parents know they are doing all they can to ensure their young children will successfully transition into elementary school?

How can children with different learning styles and abilities be equipped to handle the challenges of the classroom environment?

With eighteen years of research in childhood language and thirty years of parenting experiences to his credit, Dr. Jeffrey Marler has designed a school-based language enrichment program that will answer these questions, and more. 

The 2 to 4 Window

Dr. Marler is a developmental learning specialist and licensed speech-language pathologist based in Southlake, TXHe’s developed ASPIRE Interventions’ innovative, new Language Enrichment series to reach children aged 24 months to pre-K.
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As Dr. Marler explains, “Researchers have known for many years that the size of a child’s vocabulary between the ages of two and four, and the child’s ability to retell stories, are strongly related to the success of his/her academic performance in middle and high school.”
 
In other words, if parents want their children to have the best chance to succeed academically, the child’s language abilities must be established when they are still young.
 
Of course, all good parents already know to train their children to speak properly. As parents interact with their children in the home environment, there’s a natural language-learning process that occurs. Through reading stories and sharing in other learning activities, parents can build language understanding and usage, up to a certain level.
 
However, Dr. Marler doesn’t just teach language. “I’ve spent my research career learning how children use language to learn about the world around them,” he explains.
 
His language enrichment methods help children to take full advantage of the information they are learning about language (such as grammar and vocabulary) so that it becomes second nature to them, even at a very young age.
Using fun, engaging story-based learning, Dr. Marler isn’t just trying to fill a child’s mind with knowledge; he wants to reach them on a heart level. And no matter what a child’s abilities, stories based on favorite books, movies or rhymes bring deep language understanding.
Under Dr. Marler’s direction, something as simple as “The Three Little Pigs” can transform a child’s view of learning while building new language habits.“One of my goals, “he explains, “is to help as many children as I can to succeed in ‘learning to love learning.’”

Dr. Marler stresses that all children benefit from the Language Enrichment program. As he works with the group, some children will have more challenges than others. But Dr. Marler’s years of expertise in working with children’s language issues allows him to identify levels of ability and design appropriate activities for each child in the group.
 
Children with learning challenges will be focused, for example, on paying attention with their bodies and how to listen and recognize which parts of a story are important. At the same time, children with normal or advanced learning skills will be building vocabulary, grammar and storytelling skills at their levels.

What should parents expect when the Language Enrichment program comes to their child’s school?

When a preschool staff invites ASPIRE Interventions’ Language Enrichment series into the classroom, they are enhancing, not replacing, their own curriculum.Dr. Marler has specially designed this program to fit into an eight-week, one-session-per-week time frame. This makes it convenient for parents without being overly-disruptive of the school’s routine.
Dr. Marler will equip the children enrolled in the Language Enrichment program for their future academic lives by building attention and memory skills, vocabulary size and proper grammar usage.
In the Language Enrichment program, children don’t simply learn how to listen to stories; they learn to retell stories by becoming a part of the story through the use of felt-board characters and other active, story-based activities.
“I share with the children that I may be ‘telling’ them a story, but they are also ‘living’ their own story,” says Dr. Marler.”

“The Three Little Pigs”—reinvented

During a recent session, he put a felt character from the story of “The Three Little Pigs” on each child’s shirt and told them they could be a living felt board and share any story they wanted to tell.“They loved the idea that the felt characters ‘stuck’ to them,” Dr. Marler says, smiling. “A couple of them asked me what kind of story they were telling or asked, ‘What kind of story should I tell?’.”
There will be many moments such as this one, as children’s eyes are opened to new possibilities of language expression. Of course, they won’t think about it like that; they’ll just be having fun.

This program was thirty years in the making, but your child can benefit from it today.

As was mentioned earlier, there’s a crucial learning window between 2 and 4 years old that scientists say is the ideal time for children to develop language skills that will impact their future academic lives. But if you’re the parent of a child in that age range, that window is closing fast. 
If you want to give your child an academic advantage, ease his or her transition into elementary school, and instill habits that will build even beyond middle and high school, you will want to take advantage of Dr. Marler’s thirty years of clinical research and parenting practice.
Considering his reputation (he’s internationally recognized) and experience, you could easily expect to pay over $100 per session for your child to work with Dr. Marler.
But ASPIRE Interventions is offering this school-based learning opportunity for only $45 per session. For this small price you will receive:
  • Eight one-hour sessions, conveniently held during the normal school day
  • Your child’s personal access to an internationally-recognized language researcher with a Ph.D in Speech and Hearing Science
  • Improvement in your child’s vocabulary and grammar
  • Story-based activities that will instill a love for learning in your child
  • Custom-tailored teaching to fit your child’s abilities
For more information about how we can integrate the Language Enrichment program into your preschool’s routine, contact the ASPIRE Interventions office today at (817) 416-5374.
Time is running out to take advantage of these eight valuable sessions this 2014-2015 school year. Don’t wait until the 2 to 4 window has closed for your child. Give us a call today!
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About Jeffrey Marler

Jeffrey Marler has written 44 posts in this blog.

Speech Pathologist, Communicator, Listener, Researcher, Therapist, | Southlake, Texas Dr. Marler is an internationally recognized clinical researcher. At ASPIRE – Innovative Language Interventions, PLLC, you receive care and treatment from a professional with 28 years of experience with learning disabilities and 15+ years as a speech-language pathologist. Dr. Marler has a PhD in Speech and Hearing Science with an emphasis in auditory-based learning disabilities. Connect on Google+

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