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January 9, 2020

Connection Between Spoken Language and Literacy

The experiences with talking and listening gained during the preschool years prepare children to learn to read and write during the early elementary school years. This means that children who enter school with weaker verbal abilities are much more likely to experience difficulties learning literacy skills than those who do not (Roth, Paul, & Pierotti, … Read more »

December 19, 2019

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 communication. If we heard an adult say those same phrases what would we think? Some would react positively thinking… Read more »

December 11, 2019

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 »

November 26, 2019

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 over… Read more »

November 19, 2019

Baby Sign Language

Baby sign language is a great way to encourage language before your baby is able to vocally produce words. It allows a baby to communicate what they want, or what is on their mind. Being able to use the hand gestures of baby sign dramatically reduces the frustration that may occur for both the baby… Read more »

October 30, 2019

Books! Books! Books!

Research suggests that storybook reading facilitates language development and plays an important role in preparing children for success in school. In addition to enhancing early language development and literacy skills, shared book reading, between you and your child, can provide positive social interaction.   Reading with your child should start from birth.  At this time,… Read more »

September 20, 2019

Connect With Your Child Through Joint Book Reading

Reading with your child is a great way to spend quality time while also improving his or her speech, language, and literacy skills.  Every time you read a book, even one you’ve read dozens of times, you can explore new concepts and experiences. Benefits of joint book reading When you read to your child, you… Read more »

July 23, 2019

Learning Language Through Play

There are tremendous opportunities for language development through different types of play. Through play with toys and everyday objects, children discover that they can make things happen. Children can also be exposed to new vocabulary and situations through play. Facilitating language development through play Household play. When you provide your child with a wide range… Read more »

April 4, 2019

Teaching Emotion Words to Children

Children’s abilities to label emotions start developing as early as 2 years of age. Toddlers will first use emotion labels to describe emotions in themselves and then will later learn to reference other people. The number of emotion words understood by children doubles between the ages of 4 and 8 years and then doubles again… Read more »

March 20, 2019

Recognizing and Treating Auditory Processing in Adults

Finding your way around town, recalling your grocery list that you forgot at home, and reporting the details of a car accident that you’ve witnessed. What do these events have in common? You must utilize your working memory for all of them. Working memory is a system for short-term storing and managing the information in… Read more »

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