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One-Up Rule

As parents, you are the model for your child’s language. All parents stay busy, but each day is filled with opportunities to teach language skills to your child. Whether in the car, in the grocery store, or at home during daily routines, you have the best opportunity to show your child how to talk! There […]

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Promoting Good Behavior

Children “act out” for many reasons and in many different ways. Often, the children we work with at Child’sPlay Therapy Center exhibit behaviors which are the result of their delay or disability.  For example, they may be frustrated by difficulty communicating, or they may be reacting to overstimulation due to a sensory processing disorder.  Other […]

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Straw Cup vs. Sippy Cup

  Should I use a straw cup or a sippy cup? When it is time for your child to transition from a bottle to a cup, consider what will be best for the development of your child’s oral structure, oral motor strength and movement, and speech development.  The options that are available include various types […]

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Many parents do not recognize the early signs of a critical health issue: communication disorders. Speech, language, and hearing disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. This month, during the national observance of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we encourage parents to take stock of their child’s communication health. Sometimes, problems […]

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Social Skills: A Learned Behavior Or Not?

Social skills are what we use to have positive relationships with others. It involves the ability to communicate, problem-solve, make decisions, self-manage, and control relationships with friends and others. Social skills are a learned skill, and it is more than just having good manners. Social skills are learned from birth, and have to be learned […]

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Is My Child Tongue-Tied?

Does your child have difficulty sticking out his/her tongue? Does your child have difficulty with certain speech sounds (those produced with the tongue tip or a retracted tongue such as /t, d, n, l, s, z, sh, r/), or is he/she unable to move the tongue for what seems like easy to execute movements (e.g […]

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Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits in Children

Sleep is a vital element in any child’s daily routine. It is important to establish healthy sleep patterns/ routines to encourage success and independence with falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as promote optimum functioning during awake hours.  Below are several suggestions for nourishing healthy sleep habits in your little one.   Stick to […]

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No Screen November – Week 3

Congratulations on making it to week 3 of the challenge! This week’s challenge is to reduce your family’s screen time on week nights.  Look at your screen time tracker and pick an amount of time you’d like to reduce screen time during the week.  If you have kids, try to reduce to screen time for […]

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No Screen November – Week 2

Hi Everyone! If you are like me, the first week of tracking your screen time came with some reality shocks. Take a deep breath; it’s going to be fine. This week’s challenge is to pick two times that you intentionally do not have screens. For example: time in the car, meal time, eating out, during a child’s sporting […]

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