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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 »

April 30, 2018

Communication Intervention for Children with Autism: A Review of Treatment Efficacy

For children with Autism, there are a variety of ways to support emerging language skills. One of these strategies is called “Total Communication.” Essentially, this is a style of communication that incorporates sign language paired with verbal language. Review of the Literature about Total Communication Findings from multiple studies in the meta-review completed by Howard… Read more »

March 6, 2018

Graphic Organizers and Reading Comprehension

Research has shown that children with Autism  Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties with reading comprehension. It is difficult for them to answer literal comprehension questions such as, “Where did the character go?” and “What did the character do?” Not only is it difficult for children with ASD but also for children with Developmental Language Delay… Read more »

October 12, 2017

Smart Technology Supports Hearing for Older Adults

Mobile devices are everywhere you look, but what about older adults? If older adults are not yet using mobile devices for making phone calls or texting, there is another reason these devices may have an appeal. Smart phones and tablet computers are now offering a variety of software and applications that can serve as Hearing… Read more »

September 14, 2017

How Do I Make My Child Talk?

Parents of young children frequently ask, “How do I make my child talk?” There is no way to “make” a child speak, but we can use techniques to keep a child interested and motivated so he or she wants to try to speak. Children learn through play The most important thing to remember is that… Read more »

August 24, 2017

Storytelling and Literacy

Storytelling is a great way to work on language and literacy skills with children. No matter how young or old your child is, storytelling will provide opportunities for him to develop and build upon several important areas of language and literacy skills such as listening, comprehension, verbal expression, and reasoning skills. From a very early… Read more »

August 10, 2017

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… Read more »

March 30, 2017

Augmented Language Interventions

Many caregivers hope for their children to be primarily verbal communicators.  This may lead them to shy away from using augmented or alternative communication modes in the home or with their therapy team. However, multiple studies concluded that using augmented communication supports, not hinders, communication development including increasing vocabulary size and use in young children… Read more »

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