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October 21, 2020

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 »

September 30, 2020

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, play-mate, 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 By including the… Read more »

August 26, 2020

Questions to Ask Your Early Intervention Therapist

Parents of children receiving early intervention services ask many questions when the evaluation is being completed, upon meeting the therapist, and during the intervention itself. Here are some specific questions that a parent can ask that can help support a healthy parent-therapist relationship: Ask questions that establish a foundation When first bringing your child to… Read more »

August 19, 2020

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 »

February 11, 2020

Parent Participation in Early Intervention Services

The term Early Intervention refers to services given to very young children with special needs, generally from birth until the child turns three. Early intervention helps families and children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental concern or who are at risk to make sure that these children grow to their greatest potential…. Read more »

February 6, 2020

Parents are the Best Teachers! Everyday Opportunities for Language Development

Everyday family activities can be used to increase a child’s language and vocabulary. Any time a parent or caregiver does anything with a child, that opportunity can be used to increase the child’s vocabulary and language concepts. In addition to naming items when you see them, here are some additional ideas for increasing language during… Read more »

November 26, 2019

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 over… Read more »

November 19, 2019

Baby Sign Language

Baby sign language is a great way to encourage language before your baby is able to vocally produce words. It allows a baby to communicate what they want, or what is on their mind. Being able to use the hand gestures of baby sign dramatically reduces the frustration that may occur for both the baby… 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 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 »

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