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March 10, 2020

Five Family Games for Language Development

Playing games is a great way to encourage developing language skills. Many games are commercially available, have a language focus, and can be fun for the whole family. Explore some of these five games for a fun and educational family game night! 1. Quiddler Players are encouraged to create words from a series of letters… 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 »

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 »

August 24, 2017

Storytelling and Literacy

Storytelling is a great way to work on language and literacy skills with children. No matter how young or old your child is, storytelling will provide opportunities for him to develop and build upon several important areas of language and literacy skills such as listening, comprehension, verbal expression, and reasoning skills. From a very early… 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 »

March 30, 2017

Augmented Language Interventions

Many caregivers hope for their children to be primarily verbal communicators.  This may lead them to shy away from using augmented or alternative communication modes in the home or with their therapy team. However, multiple studies concluded that using augmented communication supports, not hinders, communication development including increasing vocabulary size and use in young children… Read more »

January 26, 2017

Early Intervention: Speech and Language

Early intervention (EI) refers to services, education and support provided to families with children birth to three, with disabilities, delays, or at risk of developing a disability that can affect their development or impede their education. Overview of early intervention The goal of EI is to provide support to families to help their children grow… Read more »

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