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The Path to First Words

The first year of your baby’s life is a flurry of excitement and many firsts, often culminating with their first word and first steps around the first birthday.

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Community Based Therapy

Imagine walking around your favorite store. You find the items on your list, navigate your cart around other customers, ask an employee to help you find an item, and wait your turn to pay in the checkout line. This simple trip requires the use of language, fluency, articulation, and social skills. Community Based Therapy gives you an opportunity to target all of them.

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Best Board Books to Boost Language

Reading is essential for all children. That is why books are the only item I ever buy as a gift for a young child or when a friend or family member has a baby. Children can build early literacy skills that directly correlate with later academic success when reading books. Books that have simple sentences, a simple storyline, and include rhyme, rhythm, and repetition are the best, particularly for our little ones. And finally, book reading is a beautiful, shared activity to build a connection with your child.

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Playing With Purpose: Stacking Cups

This week, I chose an activity for our younger kids–stacking cups. On average, stacking cups are appropriate for children 6 months and older. They are a great toy to introduce to your baby when he can sit up on the floor. And you can continue to play with the cups as he grows.

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Why you should “Wait”

Waiting is an incredibly powerful tool. When you wait, you give your child a chance to either initiate an interaction or respond to something you have said.

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Favorite Parent Resources

I have been a speech-language pathologist for almost ten years, and before that, I was a special education teacher. So much of this intentionality during play and familiar routines comes as second nature, but I know that is not the case for many parents and caregivers. This is normal; there is a lot on your plate. Let me ease the challenge by offering my list of favorite parent resources for building speech and language skills in your child.

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Playing With Purpose: Magna-tiles

I love magna-tiles because they are designed to hold a child’s interest and attention, build critical developmental skills and promote imaginative play and creativity. All the makings of a great Playing With Purpose activity!

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Emily Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP pediatric speech therapy Austin

Emily Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, a pediatric speech therapy practice serving the south and central Austin areas.

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Meet Emily

Emily Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, an in-home pediatric speech therapy practice serving the south and central Austin areas.

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Tandem Speech Therapy
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April S.
April S.
2019-02-08 11:44:29
Emily Cohen is wonderful! Emily started with my 6 year old daughter in the summer of 2018 thru January 2019. While my daughter was receiving Speech at Her... read more
Amy S.
Amy S.
2019-01-25 09:43:54
Emily Cohen is an amazing speech therapist. My son has ASD and his language delays are very severe, but Emily is extremely patient and invested in his... read more
Eric B.
Eric B.
2017-09-09 11:41:57
Emily came and gave our neighborhood group a presentation on what to look out for in our children with regards to speech development. She was so... read more

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