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April 3, 2020

Learning Through Play

There are tremendous opportunities for language development through different types of play. Through play with toys and everyday objects, children discover that they can make things happen. Children can also be exposed to new vocabulary and situations through play. Facilitating language development through play Household play. When you provide your child with a wide range… Read more »

March 31, 2020

6 Developmental Benefits of Music

We love to listen to music, dance to music and sing to music with our children. Music is fun, music is engaging, and children love it! Did you know that when children learn to play music it is not only fun but also has developmental benefits to it? Here are 6 ways that children benefit… Read more »

February 11, 2020

Parent Participation in Early Intervention Services

The term Early Intervention refers to services given to very young children with special needs, generally from birth until the child turns three. Early intervention helps families and children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental concern or who are at risk to make sure that these children grow to their greatest potential…. Read more »

February 6, 2020

Parents are the Best Teachers! Everyday Opportunities for Language Development

Everyday family activities can be used to increase a child’s language and vocabulary. Any time a parent or caregiver does anything with a child, that opportunity can be used to increase the child’s vocabulary and language concepts. In addition to naming items when you see them, here are some additional ideas for increasing language during… Read more »

November 26, 2019

Facilitating First Words

Imitation is an important skill when learning to talk. As speech therapists, we use imitation to teach our clients to use new words and make new sounds. However, imitation is a learned skill and not all children get it right away. Parents get frustrated when their child is not talking and can be heard repeating over… Read more »

November 19, 2019

Baby Sign Language

Baby sign language is a great way to encourage language before your baby is able to vocally produce words. It allows a baby to communicate what they want, or what is on their mind. Being able to use the hand gestures of baby sign dramatically reduces the frustration that may occur for both the baby… Read more »

October 1, 2019

Ruling Out Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect a child’s learning, communication skills, language, and speech. The earlier a child is identified with hearing loss and introduced to intervention, the better their chances of lessening their delays in speech and language.   Newborn hearing screening The California Department of Health Care Services put in action a statewide Newborn Hearing Screening… Read more »

July 23, 2019

Learning Language Through Play

There are tremendous opportunities for language development through different types of play. Through play with toys and everyday objects, children discover that they can make things happen. Children can also be exposed to new vocabulary and situations through play. Facilitating language development through play Household play. When you provide your child with a wide range… Read more »

March 6, 2019

Eight Ways to Support Your Child’s Early Development

Parents often wonder what they can do at home to support their child’s development. The short answer: Play with your child! But what does that play look like? Here are eight easy tips for play activities parents and caregivers can do with young children. How to support development Games. Share games, such as large lotto… Read more »

February 12, 2019

Emergent Readers

It’s never too soon to start reading with your children! Children begin to learn speech and language skills from the day they are born. As children develop, they learn increasingly complex speech and language skills. During early speech and language development, children are also learning skills that are critical for emergent literacy skills. What is emergent literacy?… Read more »

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