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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 »

April 20, 2021

The Complexity Approach: How Teaching Children a Few “Tricky” Sounds Makes the Rest of Their Speech Clearer

The Traditional Approach Chances are, you’re already familiar with the traditional approach for teaching sounds. The traditional method teaches children the specific sounds they have difficulty pronouncing, one by one. Remember Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes (“Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”)? A traditional approach would teach Elmer how to pronounce “r.” This… Read more »

April 13, 2021

The A-B-Cs of Behavior

Problem behaviors may be a common challenge for students, especially those with developmental and learning disabilities. Parents, educators, and family members may find problem behaviors in children a common source of stress. The behaviors may significantly limit the child’s access to activities and settings for children and families, may limit learning opportunities in the classroom,… Read more »

April 2, 2021

Providing a Functional Home Environment for Your Sensory Seeking Child

For all of us, the details of our environment can impact how we function at work and at home.  For a child who seeks sensory input, the type of stimulation in his environment can have a significant impact on his attention and behavior.   The following strategies can help increase your child’s attention, facilitate appropriate behavior,… Read more »

March 24, 2021

Simplifying Speech- What Does the Research Say?

We have all heard children use phrases such as “my turn slide,” “doggie go,” or “look car,” but we wouldn’t think that was unusual. As we know, children of early language development use simplified speech to communicate. If we heard an adult say those same phrases what would we think? Some would react positively thinking… Read more »

March 18, 2021

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, you… Read more »

March 11, 2021

Attention: Critical Foundation to Build Communication Skills

One of the foundational skills needed for communication development is attention. Attention can be broken down into different categories. The three broad categories that Patten and Watson (2011) categorized attention into are the following: Orienting attention: physically adjusting to a stimulus. Ex: gaze shift or head turn. Sustaining attention: maintaining attention to a stimulus. Shifting… Read more »

December 21, 2020

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 »

November 24, 2020

Connection Between Spoken Language and Literacy

The experiences with talking and listening gained during the preschool years prepare children to learn to read and write during the early elementary school years. This means that children who enter school with weaker verbal abilities are much more likely to experience difficulties learning literacy skills than those who do not (Roth, Paul, & Pierotti, … Read more »

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