May 25, 2017

The A-B-Cs of Behavior

Problem behaviors may be a common challenge for students, especially those with developmental and learning disabilities. Parents, educators and family members may find problem behaviors in children a common source of stress. The behaviors may significantly limit the child’s access to activities and settings for children and families, may limit learning opportunities in the classroom, and… Read more »

May 18, 2017

You Don’t Have to Brush Your Teeth – Only the Ones You Want to Keep!

Brushing teeth and visiting the dentist are two challenging activities for children with sensory issues. The sheer thought of someone going into their mouths can be enough to send children with sensory issues into meltdown mode. With a few practical tips, both you and your child can be better supported in both of these dreaded… Read more »

May 11, 2017

The Vestibular System: A tutorial

We are all familiar with our five basic senses through which we explore our environment. Did you know that we have an additional special sense known as the vestibular system? This complex system is located in the inner ear and consists of gravity receptors that detect linear (such as running straight or swinging back and… Read more »

March 30, 2017

Augmented Language Interventions

Many caregivers hope for their children to be primarily verbal communicators.  This may lead them to shy away from using augmented or alternative communication modes in the home or with their therapy team. However, multiple studies concluded that using augmented communication supports, not hinders, communication development including increasing vocabulary size and use in young children… Read more »

March 26, 2017

Simplifying Speech: What Does the Research Say?

When working with children with limited language, we often simplify our language to use as a language model.  But how simple should our language be? Can language be modeled too simplistically? We have all heard children use phrases such as “my turn slide,” “doggie go,” or “look car,” but we wouldn’t think that was unusual…. Read more »

March 16, 2017

Attention: Critical Foundation to Building Communication Skills

One of the foundational skills needed for communication development is attention.  Attention can be broken down into different categories. By addressing attention, we can ultimately target joint attention, the shared attention between two individuals, a critical component for the development of language. Categories of attention The three broad categories that Patten and Watson (2011) categorized… Read more »

February 9, 2017

10 Reasons We Love Storytime

Public libraries offer many free and educational programs and activities for children such as crafting classes, music and movement, comic book making, novel making, puppet shows, reading and writing classes, and even classes on rug making and rock carving! Our personal favorite is storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschools. For parents and caregivers, we encourage… Read more »

February 2, 2017

Parents: Get Involved in Early Intervention

A recent study that was reported in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology was conducted by a team from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. They looked at how effective early intervention services were when parents were participating and helping to conduct the therapy. Parent involvement increases outcomes The Vanderbilt team reviewed 18 studies conducted previously and… Read more »

January 26, 2017

Early Intervention: Speech and Language

Early intervention (EI) refers to services, education and support provided to families with children birth to three, with disabilities, delays, or at risk of developing a disability that can affect their development or impede their education. Overview of early intervention The goal of EI is to provide support to families to help their children grow… Read more »

January 9, 2017

Leaving Early Intervention: Where Do We Go Now?

Many of our families with children 18-36 months make their way to CSLOT’s early intervention program or individual therapy through their local regional center. Now that your child is almost three, what is next? Available resources Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services… Read more »

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