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October 21, 2021

The Development of Print Knowledge

Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, so do their speech and language skills. They learn to understand and use language to express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings to communicate with others.  During this stage of early speech and language development, children also learn skills that… Read more »

October 21, 2021

What is a Sensory Diet and Why Does My Child Need One?

Every person explores, feels, and senses her environment differently. For some people, playing soothing background music helps increase focus, while for others, all background noise is distracting. A sensory diet is a personalized set of activities and environmental modifications embedded in daily routines which support individuals to be successful in tasks and transitions. What is… Read more »

September 28, 2021

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 a… Read more »

September 14, 2021

Supporting Literacy Development from Birth to Age 5

Children typically begin to read around age 5 or 6 years old. However, literacy skills do not begin then. Language and literacy skills begin at birth as a child learns to communicate in their new environment. Early communication skills, or language skills, create the foundation for later literacy skills. A child cannot learn to read… Read more »

August 30, 2021

Social Communication Development in Toddlers

If you have ever been confused or concerned by your child’s communication and social skills, know that you’re not alone. Many parents wonder whether their child is adequately communicating and socializing with peers and adults. Communication and social interaction skills are closely connected and delays in both areas often go hand-in-hand (Gabrielsen et al., 2015)…. Read more »

August 18, 2021

10 Great Summertime Activities for Motor Skills

Summertime is a great time to play and explore outdoors.  Many fun summertime activities are also great for facilitating gross motor development and fine motor development. Here are our 10 favorite summer fun activities to stimulate motor skills: 1. Create your own sandbox. Set out a plastic swimming pool in the backyard and fill it with sand… Read more »

July 19, 2021

Seven Reasons To Include A Sibling In Your Child’s Early Intervention Therapy

If your child is receiving early intervention services, consider including siblings in the process whenever possible. Siblings already act as a child’s model, motivator, playmate, and best friend. Just as it is vital to include parents in therapy sessions, the same can be applied to siblings of the client. Benefits of including siblings in therapy… Read more »

July 19, 2021

An OT’s Guide to a Sensational Summer

Summer is a great time to relax and change up our routines. Less structure sometimes leads to boredom. Here are some fun activities to engage in with your child to help liven up summer break while keeping your child regulated. Indoor crafts and messy play Make homemade slime with school glue and Borax detergent. Got… Read more »

May 20, 2021

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 »

April 27, 2021

Sensory Motor Skills: What are they and why are they important?

Sensory-motor skills are the basic foundation for learning. All the activities and movements we did as infants, toddlers, and children help prepare our body and our brain to learn. These skills are essential to developing the ability to participate in classroom activities and affect academic achievements. What are sensory motor skills? Sensory and motor skills… Read more »

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