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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 »

June 5, 2018

How to Create and Use an Interest-Based Token Economy

Token economies are a commonly used tool with children and adults of all ages and abilities. They provide a visual representation of work that is completed and what remains to be done and also remind the learner of what they are working towards. What is a token economy? Token economies involve the delivery of small… 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 22, 2018

Using LEGOs to Build Social Skills and Language

Social skills play a role in all stages of life from family relationships and friendships to romantic relationships and career success. Social skills are challenges for many children with autism. Social skills that pose a challenge for some children with autism include turn taking, social flexibility, and problem solving. In recent research studies, researchers have… 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 »

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 »

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