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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. Photo from pexels.com How to support development Games. Share games, such… Read more »

February 26, 2019

Raising a Reader

How do you raise a child to be an enthusiastic and consistent reader? TV, videogames, computers, and other modern distractions sometimes make it difficult for children to focus on reading. Still, there are many things that parents can do to help motivate a child to read. Photo from pexels.com How to raise a reader Try out all… Read more »

February 19, 2019

Generalization

The overarching goal of any therapeutic activity is for the child or adult to be able to use the targeted skill in any location with any person. Sometimes skills that are learned through therapeutic activities are only mastered in the environment in which they were learned and with the people in that environment. Generalization helps… Read more »

January 16, 2019

Establish a Daily Routine with Joint Book Reading

If joint book reading hasn’t been part of your daily routine with your children, now is a great time to establish that routine. Reading books together is a terrific way of connecting with your children and a proven way to establish a foundation of literacy. Tips for successful joint book reading Set a time everyday for book… Read more »

November 20, 2018

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 »

November 6, 2018

Early Intervention: An Overview

Early intervention is a term used to describe therapeutic services for children from birth to age three. For infants and toddlers not meeting developmental milestones, early intervention services are critical for their future success and to support their families. Photo from Pexels.com What is early intervention? Early intervention is a term used to refer to… Read more »

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 »

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