The Art of Talking with Children

By Rebecca Rolland

What if the secrets to helping kids thrive were right in front of us—in our everyday conversations?

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Rebecca Rolland

Rebecca Rolland is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is on the faculty at the Harvard Medical School. She also serves as an oral and written language specialist in the Neurology Department of Boston Children’s Hospital.

As a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, she has worked clinically with populations ranging from early childhood through high school and has provided teacher professional development to teachers of toddlers through high schoolers. She lives in Boston with her husband and two conversation-loving kids.

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Rebecca Rolland is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is on the faculty at the Harvard Medical School. She also serves as an oral and written language specialist in the Neurology Department of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Meet

Rebecca Rolland

Rebecca Rolland is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is on the faculty at the Harvard Medical School. She also serves as an oral and written language specialist in the Neurology Department of Boston Children’s Hospital.

As a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, she has worked clinically with populations ranging from early childhood through high school and has provided teacher professional development to teachers of toddlers through high schoolers. She lives in Boston with her husband and two conversation-loving kids.

The Art of Talking with Children

The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids

As a speech-language pathologist, Harvard lecturer, and mom of two kids, I’ve searched for the answers to how to enhance our conversations with kids.

I’ve talked to fellow parents, colleagues, psychologists, neuroscientists, counselors, and many others. And I’ve collected the insights of my work with kids and families over the past ten years, ranging from toddlers to graduate students.

My new book, The Art of Talking with Children, shows you my approach and reveals the secrets of how to help kids of all ages—from infants through adolescents—open up.

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This book is full of life-changing insights, wise advice, and easy-to-adopt habits – every chapter is a new “a-ha” moment.

Learning the secrets of “rich talk” can strengthen your connection with your kids, help you be a more effective parent, and empower everyone in your family to express themselves and celebrate each other more fully. The Art of Talking with Children is sure to be a new timeless classic for parents. I am so glad I read this landmark book, and I am giving it to every parent I know!

Jane McGonigal, PhD, LICSW, New York Times Bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter

Speaking

Rebecca is a passionate, dynamic speaker who can tailor talks and workshops to a wide range of audiences, from parents and caregivers to researchers and providers of professional development.

She has expertise in the broad areas of parenting, communication, and kids, with a particular focus on how kids develop language and literacy skills, and on specific strategies parents and educators can use to help kids connect, reflect, and open up. Her talks blend research with practice, anecdotes with the latest science, and are highly interactive.

She’s happy to speak more with you about a workshop, talk, or presentation to your audience.

Consultancy

How can we help kids develop the social and linguistic skills they need to thrive? Our world of constant distractions can make it even more challenging.

Through short- and long-term consulting with schools, parenting groups, and organizations, Rebecca helps to answer this question and others. She supports individuals and groups to understand how to nurture qualities such as creativity, compassion, and confidence in kids through the ways we listen and talk to them.

If you are interested in having Rebecca consult for your organization, please contact her.

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