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November 14, 2018

Strategies for Early Language Development

Children’s first few years of life are a vital time in their speech and language development. Parents are a key factor in this development as they are their child’s first language model. Simple daily interactions can be manipulated in order to create opportunities for learning. Photo from pexels.com Encouraging language development Modeling Children learn new… Read more »

October 31, 2018

Speech Sounds Disorders and Problems with Reading

Most children who struggle with reading are those with a history of speech sound disorders (SSD). In addition to having difficulty saying the speech sounds of the language, children with SSD need more time to process speech sounds and tend to have difficulty identifying and manipulating them, important aspects of phonological awareness. Photo from pexels.com… Read more »

October 23, 2018

Multi-Sensory Reading Instruction and Your Child

Studies show that children with dyslexia or related speech sound disorders need a multi-sensory approach to reading. Multi-sensory education incorporates three learning pathways, which are: auditory (hearing), kinesthetic (touching or moving), and visual (seeing). Photo from pexels.com A multi-sensory approach to reading is beneficial not only for students with dyslexia, but for all learners. It… Read more »

September 25, 2018

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 »

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 »

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