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August 8, 2018

Well-Being and Resilience in Children

A communication disorder can impact a child’s ability to participate in activities and form relationships with others. These difficulties can impact a child’s psychological and social well-being. Wessells (2015) argued that children “are not passive victims but active makers of meaning who interpret adversity using lenses that practitioners need to understand.” Therefore, it is important… Read more »

July 31, 2018

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… Read more »

July 10, 2018

10 Ways to Help Your Resistant Eater

Eating is a complex multi-sensory process. While eating, we receive information from all our senses simultaneously; vision, touch, smell, taste, sound, proprioception, and balance. Additionally, eating is a complex motor and neurological process using 26 different muscles and six cranial nerves. As children grow and develop, they become better able to process this complex experience… Read more »

June 19, 2018

Language Acquisition Using AAC

The early stages of learning any new language is immersion into that language, seeing others use it, and interacting with others who are using it. The same is true for people with complex communication needs using AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication). Language modeling is a necessary method of learning language, regardless the modality of the… Read more »

June 12, 2018

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 »

July 10, 2017

The Four P’s to Developing Social Skills

As children get older, they become part of a larger social world and 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… 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 »

June 1, 2017

Small Communication Changes, Great Results

Children diagnosed with receptive and expressive language delays frequently miss the subtle communication cues in the 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 our communicative habits. By practicing the… Read more »

May 25, 2017

The A-B-Cs of Behavior

Problem behaviors may be a common challenge for students, especially those with developmental and learning disabilities. Parents, educators and family members may find problem behaviors in children a common source of stress. The behaviors may significantly limit the child’s access to activities and settings for children and families, may limit learning opportunities in the classroom, and… Read more »

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