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2014-08-06 / Lifestyles

Town resident publishes ‘Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy’

by ANNA WALTERS Reporter


Jo Ann Gramlich of Amherst has published “Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy: Interactive Activities to Enhance Your Child's Language Development From Birth to Age Five.” She says the activities include cues such as if a parent and child see a bird, the parent can prompt the child to say “bird.” Jo Ann Gramlich of Amherst has published “Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy: Interactive Activities to Enhance Your Child's Language Development From Birth to Age Five.” She says the activities include cues such as if a parent and child see a bird, the parent can prompt the child to say “bird.” After writing parenting articles, Jo Ann Gramlich wanted to pursue a creative outlet.

In May, she published “Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy: Interactive Activities to Enhance Your Child’s Language Development From Birth to Age Five.”

“It’s important to engage with your child to help develop their skills because there are so many different skills that a child can acquire at different rates,” she said. “Also, to build a good foundation before kindergarten, and the activities will help enhance these skills.”

Gramlich, a speech language pathologist for the Buffalo Public Schools and Pediatric Educational and Diagnostic Services at Erie County Medical Center, says she works with children all the time and would write during the summer.

The Amherst resident says the activity books she has seen are lengthy so she created a book that a mother on the go could quickly pull out.

“For me, the idea was like a hands-on recipe book, but it’s activities on the go,” she said. “It’s quick and easy, and something you can carry with you.”

Since Gramlich works with a population ranging from birth to 5 years old, the activities in “Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy” stem from tactics she has used at work as well as evidence-based strategies.

According to Gramlich, the activities provide dialogue to help children expand on their sentences.

She says it includes basic interactions such as eye contact to signing with a baby; two-word phrases with a 2-year-old; simple utterances with a 3-year-old; and more complex and grammatically correct sentences with 4- and 5-year-olds.

“The book will provide stimulating activities and games that are developmentally appropriate,” she said. “I incorporate different strategies and techniques. For example, you can repeat or expand on the utterances that you hear your child produce — and talk to your child about what he or she is doing.

“The strategies are prompting by providing visual and verbal cues.”

According to Gramlich, the book allows the parent to play with the child directly during playtime, storytime or for a few minutes out of his or her daily routine. She says depending on how creative the parent wants to get, activities can last a few minutes to 20 minutes.

In the future, Gramlich hopes to get the book into clinics, day care facilities and agencies. She says the book has already been displayed at a few local speech and language clinics.

“Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy” is currently available at www.amazon.com, www.bn.com and www.authorhouse.com.

For more information, visit Facebook and search “Talk, Play, And Read With Me, Mommy” or email jojogr1020@yahoo.com.

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