The Inside Scoop on Speech Therapy & Language Development
As a speech-language pathologist currently working in the USA, I am often asked by parents if
they should only speak English, as to not confuse their child. I reassure them that research
show whichever level a child can speak and understand in one language, they can speak and
understand a second (or even third!) language to the same level.
The back-to-school season marks a lot of excitement and a lot of change for our children. Books often allow us to expose kids to ideas and environments they may not encounter on a daily basis. That is why I love using these back-to-school books to support my clients in speech therapy during this time of transition.
Baby sign is a system of gestures and simplified signs that allows a child to communicate prior to developing spoken words. Any child who has limited spoken language or functional communication skills can benefit from the introduction of baby sign.
I am an author. Those are four words I never thought I would utter! And yet, here we are. I am an author. I have written and self-published my first book. Becoming an author was not on my to-do list or even a blip on the radar. I don’t fancy myself a writer, so how did I come to have written a book?
Oral mechanism exam, oral motor exam, oral-facial exam, oral peripheral exam… whatever you call it, it’s one of the most important, but frequently neglected, components of an initial assessment for any child with a suspected speech sound disorder.
Children spend most of their time in play which helps them understand their environment and interact with people. Nothing beats toys that children can hold and share with others. Thinking of toys to buy for your children or the ones you work with? Check out these toys that are easily available in stores near you and also great for promoting speech and language development.
Summer break is quickly approaching or already here. That means time for fun in the sun, family vacations, and plenty of Playing With Purpose! Playing With Purpose does not means tons of extra work for you. Follow these summer break tips to create opportunities to grow your child’s speech and language skills.
A study by Dauch et al (2018) found that toddlers who had access to only four toys showed an increased amount of time playing with a toy as well as more variety in the way they played with toys when compared to toddlers who had access to 16 toys. By simply having fewer toys, it helped foster attention and learning!
In honor of Better Hearing & Speech Month and my 2nd year in business, I am sharing a bit about my role as an SLP and the work I do.
We live in an ever-growing, technological world and society. We cannot escape screen time. But, what impact does it have on our children?
Start Playing With Purpose
Learn how to purposefully and intentionally interact with your child during play and help them increase opportunities for speech and language development with our Playing with Purpose book!