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January 9, 2023

Phonological Awareness and Reading

Phonological awareness consists of skills that typically develop gradually and sequentially through the late preschool period.  They are developed with direct training and exposure. Phonological awareness is a key component of learning to read. What is phonological awareness? Phonological awareness is the awareness of sounds in a language.  It includes an awareness of rhyming and… Read more »

December 1, 2022

Practicing Predictable Situations for Social-Emotional Learning

Everyday predictable situations can be used to increase a child’s social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to recognize and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish and maintain relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations effectively…. Read more »

December 1, 2022

Rainy Day Fun

Rainy days with a toddler can sometimes be challenging. You might find yourself not being as active as you are during sunnier months because the go-to favorite of the park is not possible in the rain. Here are a few ideas of developmentally appropriate activities for toddlers in the community and at home to help… Read more »

July 18, 2022

10 Ways to Help Your Resistant Eater

Eating is a complex multi-sensory process. While eating, we receive information from all our senses simultaneously; vision, touch, smell, taste, sound, proprioception, and balance.  Additionally, eating is a complex motor and neurological process using 26 different muscles and six cranial nerves. As children grow and develop, they become better able to process this complex experience… Read more »

July 7, 2022

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 »

June 27, 2022

The Four P’s to Developing Social Skills

As children get older, they become part of a larger social world – they begin to form relationships with other children and adults in school as well as outside of school.  Being sociable helps us with resilience (the ability to withstand hard times). Children who are constantly rejected by peers are lonely and have lower self-esteem. … Read more »

June 7, 2022

The Skill of Teaching Social Skills

Social skills are the skills we have to get along with other people. Social skills can be as basic as saying hello and goodbye, or smiling and making eye contact with people we know. They can also be more difficult, like the skills we use to negotiate.  Some people learn social skills easily and quickly,… Read more »

June 7, 2022

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 a challenge 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 shown… Read more »

June 7, 2022

Small Communication Changes, Great Results

Children diagnosed with receptive and expressive language delays frequently miss the subtle communication cues in their communication interactions with others. They often need additional support to take notice of those changes in their environment and to expand their communication skills. Supportive adults can offer the assistance these children need by changing their communicative habits. By… Read more »

April 28, 2022

21 Benefits of Sensory Play For Autism

Any child can benefit from sensory play. Children on the autism spectrum can be sensitive to everyday sensory experiences, something as simple as a certain texture in their clothing can be a trigger for a child to become upset. By exposing children to different sensory experiences, it can help the child learn how to better… Read more »

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