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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. Photo from pexels.com The number of emotion words understood by children doubles between the ages of 4 and 8 years and… 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. Photo from pexels.com Working memory is a system for short-term storing and managing… Read more »

January 2, 2019

Common First Words and How To Use Them

Is your child a late talker? Does he or she not use a lot of words? By focusing on using common first words in your every day routines, you can increase your child’s exposure to these words see if he or she will start imitating these words as well. Photo from pexels.com Incorporate some of… Read more »

December 26, 2018

Adults with Communication Disorders on the Silver Screen

We have a wonderful opportunity to work with adults who have lost or suffered impairment in their ability to communicate successfully. This population may include people who have suffered from a stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and people who stutter. In the last few years, two movies have portrayed rather famous adults with similar communication difficulties. Photo… Read more »

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