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September 19, 2018

English Language Learners and the Road to Reading

Children who are English Language Learners (ELL) are at higher risk for having difficulty learning to read.  “When bilingual children’s vocabulary levels are too low in the language in which they are learning to read, these young learners will…encounter difficulties” (Uccelli & Páez, 2007).  Children who are learning English may need extra support as they… Read more »

September 4, 2018

Language and Literacy

Literacy is intimately entwined with speech and language. Reading, essentially, is language. In reading, the speaker and listener don’t directly share in the language experience and the reader must create the context from the written word, while in spoken language, the speaker and listener are more directly connected. Often, a child who has difficulty with… 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 3, 2018

Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism

Individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often receive a range of services including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavior therapy. Services are provided through the school system and outside agencies. As these individuals get older, it is important that the treatment team all work together to create a transition plan. The team… Read more »

June 26, 2018

Understanding Echolalia

Echolalia is a form of verbal imitation. When a child uses echolalia, she repeats words or phrases she hears other people use. It is one of the most common characteristics of communication in some people with autism. Recent research has helped us see that echolalia can be a bridge to meaningful speech with communicative intent…. 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 »

May 29, 2018

A Structured Approach for Autism Intervention

Many children with autism have difficulty understanding social norms. Another term for this is the hidden curriculum: the rules and regulations that society has that are not explicitly taught. From experience, or learning you figure these rules out. However, children on the autism spectrum do not pick up on the social norms or the hidden… Read more »

May 15, 2018

Multilingual Populations: Is it a Disorder or a Language Difference?

Many children grow up multilingual, or speaking multiple languages. The prevalence of speech, language, and hearing disorders in the multilingual population is similar to that of the monolingual population. Some multilingual children might appear to talk less than their peers or be hard to understand. This leads to an important question: What is just a… Read more »

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 »

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