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If you're looking for information about baby development, or looking for ideas about how to play with your baby to support development, Learn With Less (formerly Strength In Words) is where we discuss all things early parenthood and early childhood. We help families (expecting parents, new parents, and seasoned parents) navigate those early years in an inclusive, educational, and supportive space. Join Ayelet Marinovich, M.A., CCC-SLP, author, singer, mother of two and pediatric speech-language pathologist, for a podcast for parents, caregivers, and educators of infants and toddlers. Learn With Less is the place for families to access high quality, evidence-based resources about how their infants and toddlers learn and develop; for regular sessions of music, play and developmental information for both you and your baby, subscribe on iTunes and visit www.learnwithless.com!

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If you're looking for information about baby development, or looking for ideas about how to play with your baby to support development, Learn With Less (formerly Strength In Words) is where we discuss all things early parenthood and early childhood. We help families (expecting parents, new parents, and seasoned parents) navigate those early years in an inclusive, educational, and supportive space. Join Ayelet Marinovich, M.A., CCC-SLP, author, singer, mother of two and pediatric speech-language pathologist, for a podcast for parents, caregivers, and educators of infants and toddlers. Learn With Less is the place for families to access high quality, evidence-based resources about how their infants and toddlers learn and develop; for regular sessions of music, play and developmental information for both you and your baby, subscribe on iTunes and visit www.learnwithless.com!

    Hands-On Learning For Infants and Toddlers

    Hands-On Learning For Infants and Toddlers

    What is "hands-on" learning for babies and toddlers, and why is it so important? Jeana Kinne, an Early Childhood Development Specialist, tells all.

    • 26 min
    From Pediatric Occupational Therapist to Surviving The NICU with Three Under Three

    From Pediatric Occupational Therapist to Surviving The NICU with Three Under Three

    Surviving the NICU with micro-preemies… with a toddler (and partner!) at home: What this pediatric occupational therapist and mother did to support her babies















    On this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, we’re joined by Jennifer Russell of the Instagram handle @otmomdiaries. Jen is a pediatric occupational therapist by training, and at the time of this recording, on maternity leave with her NICU warrior twin babies and spunky preschooler.







    Jen is committed to boosting parent confidence & connection, and her passion lies in supporting young children and families to set the foundation for greater participation in life. She believes supporting children’s emerging skills, as well as bolstering parent understanding during early development, sets the stage for further learning.







    On this episode, we discuss:







    * Jen’s own professional background, and how she came to do the work she’s doing today* Jen shares with us the story of her journey into three kids under three, and about her NICU experience* What resonates with her about the Learn With Less philosophy: how she knew the simple things were the things that mattered, and how she knew that was the “right” thing to do for her little ones* Jen’s top tips and resources for all parents – especially applicable to parents of premature babies







    Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode:







    Understanding Your Baby and Understanding Your Toddler: the week-by-week development and activity guides to playing with your baby from birth to three years







    Learn With Less Curriculum Online Program: get week-by-week developmental info and simple activities based on your child’s developmental age (using what you already have), plus additional group support and virtual workshops







    Every Tiny Thing: created by a NICU nurse, products specializing in journaling and celebrating small milestones for parents of babies in the NICU







    CanDoKiddo: pediatric occupational therapist, Rachel Coley, shares baby and toddler development resources from an OT perspective







    Secret Guide to Tummy Time: Learn With Less podcast episode featuring Rachel Coley of CanDoKiddo







    Pathways.org







    The Whole Brain Child, by Dan Siegel (amazon affiliate link)







    Connect With Us







    Ayelet: Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest







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    • 50 min
    How To Change Your Child’s Behavior (And Why You Might Need To Change Your Own)

    How To Change Your Child’s Behavior (And Why You Might Need To Change Your Own)

    What is Co-Regulation and How Can I Improve My Baby or Toddler’s Self-Regulation Skills?







    In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet is joined by Sarah Reppenhagen, a licensed occupational therapist who has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including Early Intervention, outpatient clinics, and inpatient hospitals. 







    Sarah’s passion lies in supporting young children and families to set the foundation for greater participation in life. She believes that all children have innate capabilities and the desire to engage with the people and environment around them. Supporting children’s emerging skills, as well as bolstering parent understanding during early development, sets the stage for further learning. 







    We discuss Sarah’s background and how she came to do the work she’s doing today, the definition of “self-regulation” and why it’s important to consider ways to support it in both parents and children, how our kids’ regulation and behavior is often a mirror of our internal state, the “stories” we tell ourselves about what our children’s behavior means… actually affects our ability to support them, and, of course, top tips and resources for supporting our children and ourselves through co-regulation.







    Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode:







    Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children (Tips For Families)







    Promoting Self-Regulation in the First Five Years (Duke University Center For Child and Family Policy)







    Pathways.org







    Still Face Experiment with Dr. Edward Tronick







    Connect With Us







    Ayelet: Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest







    Sarah: Website / Facebook /







    TEXT TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE







    Ayelet: Today, I’m speaking with Sarah Reppenhagen, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of Gather and Grow, which is a pediatric practice supporting infants through preschool age children and their families, located in Portland, Oregon. Sarah’s passions lie in supporting development from the start, at a time when young brains are growing immensely and adults are evolving in their roles as parents.







    Sarah believes that children have innate capabilities and the desire to engage with the people and environment around them, while parents have an intrinsic drive to connect with their child and nurture their growth. So, fostering children’s emerging skills as well as bolstering parent understanding during early development sets the stage for further learning and participation in life.

    • 24 min
    The Benefits of Music For Babies and Toddlers

    The Benefits of Music For Babies and Toddlers

    Why is Music Important for Infants and Toddlers?















    In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet is joined by Nancy Kopman, an early childhood educator and composer. Nancy has been creating, testing, developing, recording and performing her catchy, educational songs for children 0-10 for over 20 years. Her music can be found on TV, radio and online. 







    Nancy’s work is celebrated worldwide by educators, therapists, family program directors, parents and caregivers. Her music is used in schools, daycares, Montessori environments, libraries, camps, internet radio and other children’s environments.







    On this episode, we discuss the ways in which music help to foster social/emotional development, what parents and caregivers can do to use music (even when they don’t consider themselves musical), and Nancy’s top tips and favorite resources for using music to engage with your baby and/or toddler.







    Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode:







    Music With Nancy on YouTube







    Nancy’s music albums







    Pre-K Pages







    Preschool Inspirations







    Teach Preschool blog







    Sesame Street songs on YouTube







    Connect With Us







    Ayelet: Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest







    Nancy: Website / YouTube / Facebook / Instagram







    Text Transcript of this episode







    Ayelet: Today, I am speaking with early childhood educator and composer Nancy Kopman. Nancy has been creating, testing, developing, recording, and performing her short, catchy educational songs for children zero to 10 years for over 20 years. Her music can be found on TV, radio and online. She performs regularly in Toronto, Ontario and she does virtual video visits with her far away fans. Love the alliteration, by the way.







    Her work is celebrated worldwide by educators, therapists, family program directors, parents, and caregivers. Nancy believes that music is more than a universal language: it’s a communication tool that works far deeper than words. Music can soothe, reassure, comfort, validate, stimulate, relax and elicit joy and people of all ages, cultures, abilities and intellectual capacity.







    Music connects us at the roots of our instincts, making it a necessary tool in teaching and nurturing, developing minds. Nancy, I am in complete agreement with all of that and I want to thank you for being here. Welcome to Learn With Less.







    Nancy: Thank you so much for having me. It is such an honor and a pleasure to align my work with the work that you are doing, which I admire so much and feel is so important and I follow you every single day. So thank you very much for having me today.







    Ayelet: Thank you, Nancy. Well, I have asked you to come onto the show today to speak to us about all of the very many benefits of music for infants and ...

    • 34 min
    Choosing Books for Infants and Toddlers

    Choosing Books for Infants and Toddlers

    What’s important to look for when choosing books for infants and toddlers?







    In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet is joined by Sara Rizik-Baer, who serves as Deputy Director of the nonprofit organization, Tandem Partners in Early Learning.







    Sara has over 10 years of experience working in early education and family engagement. She has held multiple roles in the field as a family literacy specialist, professional development provider, preschool and transitional kindergarten literacy coach, and bilingual classroom teacher.















    Sara is fervently passionate about literacy, believes it takes a community to raise a child and wants to support every adult in that community with their ability to contribute to each child’s well-being and academic development. She also firmly believes that early education and specifically early literacy is the key to positive social change. 







    On this episode, we discuss important factors for choosing books for infants and toddlers, how to actively engage infants and toddlers in early literacy experiences, and Sara’s top tips and resources for choosing excellent books for (and reading them with!) your infant or toddler.







    Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode:







    Book sharing tips from Tandem







    Think Outside The Text, a Learn With Less podcast episode







    Lift The Flap For Language Book, from Learn With Less







    Colorín Colorado







    Reading Rockets







    Be Boy Buzz, by Bell Hooks







    Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering, by Ruth Spiro







    Baby Loves Coding, by Ruth Spiro







    Counting On Community, by Innosanta Nagara







    Oh, Oh, Baby Boy, by Janine McBeth







    From Head To Toe, by Eric Carle







    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, by Eric Carle







    My Very First Book of Colors, by Eric Carle







    Connect With Us







    Ayelet: Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest







    Sara and Tandem: Website / Facebook







    Text Transcript of this episode







    Ayelet: So today I am speaking with Sara Rizik-Baer, who serves as deputy director of the nonprofit organization, Tandem Partners in Early Learning. So Sara has over 10 years of experience working in early childhood education and in family engagement. And she’s passionate about literacy.







    She believes that it takes a community to raise a child, and wants to support every adult in that community with their ability to contribute to each child’s wellbeing and a...

    • 31 min
    How to Use Music To Support Early Communication

    How to Use Music To Support Early Communication

    In this session of the Learn With Less podcast (a special episode brought to you in partnership with the pod-conference, SLP Live), we discussed different ways that music and singing promotes early language development in infants and toddlers.







    We also discussed research that supports the use of music as a framework to support communication development. In addition, we explored different strategies to help keep a young child engaged in musical activities.







    Hi, I’m Ayelet Marinovich, your host. Welcome to Learn With Less, a family enrichment program for parents, caregivers, and educators working with infants and toddlers of all developmental levels.







    In this podcast series, we get together to sing a few songs, discuss some ideas for play, outlines, some insight about early development and talk about life as a parent or caregiver in these early years of parenthood.







    The mission of Learn With Less is to provide peace of mind families already have everything they need to support the infants and toddlers in their lives.







    Now, before we get started, I would like to take a moment to let you know that I am the creator of the Learn With Less Curriculum, the basis for which is outlined in my best selling books, Understanding Your Baby and Understanding Your Toddler. The Learn With Less Curriculum also exists as both a live, local offering for families provided by me and a group of licensed facilitators, and as a virtual program.







    I am the sole recording artist on my musical album, which I do mention later in the episode, called Strength In Words: Music For Families. As the creator of the Learn With Less Curriculum, I do receive royalties and collect membership and licensing fees. I’m also the host of the Learn With Less podcast, which is a free early development and early parenting resource for parents, caregivers and professionals working with families with infants and toddlers, and which occasionally informs my audience about my paid offerings.







    I also want to let you know that after listening to this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, you have a few learning outcomes:







    * You will be able to identify ways that music and singing promotes early development in infants and toddlers* You will be able to identify research that supports the use of music as a framework to support early communication* You’ll be able to pull from a repertoire of songs and rhymes to use in play or a therapeutic context that can target early communication and other early developing skills* You’ll be able to identify additional songs that you already know that might also be utilized in a learning context* And you’ll be able to identify strategies to keep a young child engaged in musical activities







    Let’s start today’s episode by using our bodies and tapping to the beat. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself musical or if the rhythm doesn’t feel like it comes naturally to you. This is about the time you spend with your baby or toddler doing something together. We’ll talk more about why it’s so beneficial later in the episode.







    Sings Hello Song







    Great job. So that is our hello song and we start with some version of it each time in my podcast.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Vicki Rackner MD ,

Thank you, Ayelet!

Ayelet, thanks for creating such helpful and actionable parenting content. I've taken on many challenges in my life, including my career as a surgeon. However, the hardest job I've ever taken on is being a parent! Thanks for providing ideas to make this job easier --and more joy-filled!

Sara RB ,

Great podcast !!

This podcast is great for developmentally appropriate tips and tricks for developing our children’s language and literacy skills! Ayelet is a true expert and explains everything in a accessible and engaging way.

KJHJewett ,

Just an ad for purchasing the curriculum...

Thought this podcast would give me some ideas for play with my baby, but it’s just an ad/testimonial for her curriculum.

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