Discovering her passion early in life, Dr. Tinita Kearney began working with children with autism in high school. She pursued this passion, obtaining a Bachelor of Science as well as a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Dr. Kearney found that she also had a passion for research and earned her Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology with a specialization in autism. She is a member of many professional organizations and honor societies, and currently serves on both local and state professional boards. She has taught at Howard University, been awarded the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning, and currently strives to advance the interests of those in the autism community as an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for the state of Maryland.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lola Koala is ready to take your child on an adventure! Little ones (ages 2-6) who love to sit in laps, “read”  lift-the-flaps, and explore will be enchanted with Lola Koala, a globetrotting adventurer.

In this first book, Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures: Who, What, Where and Yes/No Questions, Lola takes little readers along on her travels, asks questions (interactive with a lift-the-flap for the answers), and shares a clue on each page to her final destination.

Lola empowers kids and their parents by teaching foundational language skills and travel skills that help children practice answering Who, What, Where and Yes/No questions all while learning about cool places around the world. 

When asked why these skills are important to target at a young age, Dr. Kearney noted, 

“The ability to ask and answer questions is a critical language skill that is needed to functionally engage in conversation, to demonstrate and gather basic knowledge and to meet the Common Core standards of kindergarten and beyond. This skill is just one of many that I work on with a large number of my young clients and it’s my mission to empower caregivers to grow their children’s fundamental language skills at home, before they get to me, so that, hopefully, some may not need me at all.”

TALKING POINTS

 

  • Speaking Matters: 5 things your child needs to know before kindergarten (a great summer and back-to-school topic) 
  • Tinita’s speciality is Autism: Her tips to help children on the spectrum succeed 
  • Parenting 101 –  Why you need to teach your children to answer who, what, where and yes/no at an early age as a safety protocol
  • Reading with your kids: 3 tips on how to make it fun and interactive
  • When to worry (signs parents can look for on when to really start working with their kids/ are they falling behind?) When is it time to see a speech pathologist
  • A back-to-school round-up of resources to ensure your child is kindergarten ready
  • Great to include in your back-to-school round-up or gift guide idea for back to school
  • Creative ways to build your toddler’s language skills while quarantined
  • 5 ways to use your morning routine to increase your toddler’s language skills
  • What specific speech and language skills your child should have according to his/her age
  • Creative ideas and tips for traveling with kids

TIMELY TIE-INS

  • September – 
    • Self Improvement Month  
    • Children’s Books Month 
    • Read a New Book Month
  • September 27 – October 3, 2020- National Keep Kids Creative Week  
  • September 8- International Literacy Day
  • September  27- World Tourism Day