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January 9, 2023

Phonological Awareness and Reading

Phonological awareness consists of skills that typically develop gradually and sequentially through the late preschool period.  They are developed with direct training and exposure. Phonological awareness is a key component of learning to read. What is phonological awareness? Phonological awareness is the awareness of sounds in a language.  It includes an awareness of rhyming and… Read more »

December 1, 2022

Rainy Day Fun

Rainy days with a toddler can sometimes be challenging. You might find yourself not being as active as you are during sunnier months because the go-to favorite of the park is not possible in the rain. Here are a few ideas of developmentally appropriate activities for toddlers in the community and at home to help… Read more »

July 7, 2022

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 »

June 27, 2022

The Four P’s to Developing Social Skills

As children get older, they become part of a larger social world – they begin to form relationships with other children and adults in school as well as outside of school.  Being sociable helps us with resilience (the ability to withstand hard times). Children who are constantly rejected by peers are lonely and have lower self-esteem. … Read more »

June 7, 2022

Using LEGOs to Build Social Skills and Language

Social skills play a role in all stages of life from family relationships and friendships to romantic relationships and career success. Social skills are a challenge for many children with autism. Social skills that pose a challenge for some children with autism include turn-taking, social flexibility, and problem-solving. In recent research studies, researchers have shown… Read more »

June 7, 2022

Small Communication Changes, Great Results

Children diagnosed with receptive and expressive language delays frequently miss the subtle communication cues in their communication interactions with others. They often need additional support to take notice of those changes in their environment and to expand their communication skills. Supportive adults can offer the assistance these children need by changing their communicative habits. By… Read more »

March 21, 2022

Get Ready to Read Screening Tool

The Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool takes about 10 minutes to administer and was designed to provide early childhood professionals and parents with a “snapshot” of where a child is on the path to developing important early literacy skills. The Screening Tool is NOT a formal assessment or a way to identify disabilities. However,… Read more »

January 25, 2022

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

It is our sense of vision that allows us to see and make sense of the words on this page.  However, our sense of vision may not always process information correctly, leaving us to feel disorganized, confused, and unsure of what we see. What if the way you processed the title of this article made… Read more »

December 7, 2021

Ruling Out Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect a child’s learning, communication skills, language, and speech. The earlier a child is identified with a 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… Read more »

October 21, 2021

What is a Sensory Diet and Why Does My Child Need One?

Every person explores, feels, and senses her environment differently. For some people, playing soothing background music helps increase focus, while for others, all background noise is distracting. A sensory diet is a personalized set of activities and environmental modifications embedded in daily routines which support individuals to be successful in tasks and transitions. What is… Read more »

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