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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 »

January 2, 2019

Common First Words and How To Use Them

Is your child a late talker? Does he or she not use a lot of words? By focusing on using common first words in your every day routines, you can increase your child’s exposure to these words see if he or she will start imitating these words as well. Incorporate some of these activities paired… Read more »

December 5, 2018

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 »

November 27, 2018

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 he wants, or what is on his mind. Being able to use the hand gestures of baby sign dramatically reduces frustration that may occur for both the baby and the parent…. Read more »

November 14, 2018

Strategies for Early Language Development

Children’s first few years of life are a vital time in their speech and language development. Parents are a key factor in this development as they are their child’s first language model. Simple daily interactions can be manipulated in order to create opportunities for learning. Encouraging language development Modeling Children learn new sounds and words… Read more »

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