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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

The Skill of Teaching Social Skills

Social skills are the skills we have to get along with other people. Social skills can be as basic as saying hello and goodbye, or smiling and making eye contact with people we know. They can also be more difficult, like the skills we use to negotiate.  Some people learn social skills easily and quickly,… 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 »

October 21, 2021

The Development of Print Knowledge

Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, so do their speech and language skills. They learn to understand and use language to express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings to communicate with others.  During this stage of early speech and language development, children also learn skills that… 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 »

August 18, 2021

10 Great Summertime Activities for Motor Skills

Summertime is a great time to play and explore outdoors.  Many fun summertime activities are also great for facilitating gross motor development and fine motor development. Here are our 10 favorite summer fun activities to stimulate motor skills: 1. Create your own sandbox. Set out a plastic swimming pool in the backyard and fill it with sand… Read more »

July 19, 2021

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, playmate, 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… Read more »

March 24, 2021

Simplifying Speech- What Does the Research Say?

We have all heard children use phrases such as “my turn slide,” “doggie go,” or “look car,” but we wouldn’t think that was unusual. As we know, children of early language development use simplified speech to communicate. If we heard an adult say those same phrases what would we think? Some would react positively thinking… Read more »

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