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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 »

September 14, 2017

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 »

August 10, 2017

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… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Seven Reasons To Include A Sibling In Your Child’s Early Intervention Therapy

If your child is receiving early intervention services, consider including siblings in the process whenever possible. Siblings already act as a child’s model, motivator, play-mate, and best friend. Just as it is vital to include parents in therapy sessions, the same can be applied to siblings of the client. Benefits of including siblings in therapy By including the… Read more »

February 2, 2017

Parents: Get Involved in Early Intervention

A recent study that was reported in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology was conducted by a team from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. They looked at how effective early intervention services were when parents were participating and helping to conduct the therapy. Parent involvement increases outcomes The Vanderbilt team reviewed 18 studies conducted previously and… Read more »

January 26, 2017

Early Intervention: Speech and Language

Early intervention (EI) refers to services, education and support provided to families with children birth to three, with disabilities, delays, or at risk of developing a disability that can affect their development or impede their education. Overview of early intervention The goal of EI is to provide support to families to help their children grow… Read more »

January 9, 2017

Leaving Early Intervention: Where Do We Go Now?

Many of our families with children 18-36 months make their way to CSLOT’s early intervention program or individual therapy through their local regional center. Now that your child is almost three, what is next? Available resources Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services… Read more »

January 5, 2017

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 »

November 17, 2016

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 »

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