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September 24, 2020

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 suggest that… Read more »

August 26, 2020

Questions to Ask Your Early Intervention Therapist

Parents of children receiving early intervention services ask many questions when the evaluation is being completed, upon meeting the therapist, and during the intervention itself. Here are some specific questions that a parent can ask that can help support a healthy parent-therapist relationship: Ask questions that establish a foundation When first bringing your child to… Read more »

August 19, 2020

How Do I Make My Child Talk?

Parents of young children frequently ask, “How do I make my child talk?” There is no way to “make” a child speak, but we can use techniques to keep a child interested and motivated so he or she wants to try to speak. Children learn through play The most important thing to remember is that… Read more »

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 »

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