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August 8, 2018

Well-Being and Resilience in Children

A communication disorder can impact a child’s ability to participate in activities and form relationships with others. These difficulties can impact a child’s psychological and social well-being. Wessells (2015) argued that children “are not passive victims but active makers of meaning who interpret adversity using lenses that practitioners need to understand.” Therefore, it is important… Read more »

July 31, 2018

Turning the Terrible Twos into the Terrific Twos

Many parents of two year-olds comment about the difficulty of having a two year-old. The phrase the “Terrible Twos” is frequently used to qualify the feelings of parents about their frustration with their children’s temper tantrums and mood swings. Whether or not a child has special needs, this period of time can be challenging. I… Read more »

July 10, 2018

10 Ways to Help Your Resistant Eater

Eating is a complex multi-sensory process. While eating, we receive information from all our senses simultaneously; vision, touch, smell, taste, sound, proprioception, and balance. Additionally, eating is a complex motor and neurological process using 26 different muscles and six cranial nerves. As children grow and develop, they become better able to process this complex experience… Read more »

July 3, 2018

Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism

Individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often receive a range of services including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavior therapy. Services are provided through the school system and outside agencies. As these individuals get older, it is important that the treatment team all work together to create a transition plan. The team… Read more »

June 26, 2018

Understanding Echolalia

Echolalia is a form of verbal imitation. When a child uses echolalia, she repeats words or phrases she hears other people use. It is one of the most common characteristics of communication in some people with autism. Recent research has helped us see that echolalia can be a bridge to meaningful speech with communicative intent…. Read more »

June 19, 2018

Language Acquisition Using AAC

The early stages of learning any new language is immersion into that language, seeing others use it, and interacting with others who are using it. The same is true for people with complex communication needs using AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication). Language modeling is a necessary method of learning language, regardless the modality of the… Read more »

June 5, 2018

How to Create and Use an Interest-Based Token Economy

Token economies are a commonly used tool with children and adults of all ages and abilities. They provide a visual representation of work that is completed and what remains to be done and also remind the learner of what they are working towards. What is a token economy? Token economies involve the delivery of small… Read more »

May 29, 2018

A Structured Approach for Autism Intervention

Many children with autism have difficulty understanding social norms. Another term for this is the hidden curriculum: the rules and regulations that society has that are not explicitly taught. From experience, or learning you figure these rules out. However, children on the autism spectrum do not pick up on the social norms or the hidden… Read more »

May 15, 2018

Multilingual Populations: Is it a Disorder or a Language Difference?

Many children grow up multilingual, or speaking multiple languages. The prevalence of speech, language, and hearing disorders in the multilingual population is similar to that of the monolingual population. Some multilingual children might appear to talk less than their peers or be hard to understand. This leads to an important question: What is just a… Read more »

May 8, 2018

Follow the Leader: Using Reciprocal Imitation to Build Play and Language

Learning to play is a foundational skill in child development. In order to engage with others, children must first demonstrate joint attention. Joint attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. When playing with cars, Mr. Potato Head, or other toys with other adults or children, children should share in this experience… Read more »

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