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May is Better Hearing and 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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OT Month April 2014

An occupational therapist works with people of all ages. The delivery of OT services varies based on the age and needs of the client. The term “occupational” refers to “the job of living”.  An occupation for a child could be playing, drawing and self- help skills. The occupation for an adult might be caring for […]

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Classroom Accommodations for Children with Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorder is the inability to accurately process auditory information. Children who have auditory processing weaknesses or who have been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD) may exhibit the following characteristics: easily distracted in a noisy environment, difficulty following directions, impaired memory skills, and difficulty with reading, spelling, or writing. These children usually have […]

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Picky Eater vs. Problem Feeders

Lots of kids are picky eaters.  They may not eat their vegetables, or they may prefer only a few of the same kinds of foods.  Children may even turn this into an uncomfortable power struggle at mealtime. Some kids, however, can have a more difficult time with more extensive symptoms.  They may have difficulty with […]

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Reading to Infants and Toddlers

Lulu, a certified speech therapist, talks about the importance of reading to young children and how it affects their development. She provides examples of age-appropriate books and tells you what responses you can expect from your child.

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How Should You Respond If Your Child is Stuttering?

This is a question many parents have pondered and wrestled with once they come to the full realization that their child is beginning to stutter.  First, what you don’t need to do is panic.  Do not, please do not tell your child to take a breath or slow down.  98% of my clients tell me […]

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Early Language Activities at Home

As parents, you have the greatest impact on your child’s speech and language development.   I would like to address three of my favorite daily routines for targeting language goals within the home environment.  We will talk about how to target specific vocabulary during bath time, mealtime, and bedtime. Let’s start by talking about bath time.  […]

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Sensory Processing Disorders: Tips for the “Out of Sync” Child

Many children with sensory processing issues can become frustrated and overwhelmed in environments that are over stimulating.  Over stimulating environments may include the grocery store, classroom environment, or crowded areas.  For many children, additional proprioceptive input is helpful in calming the child and helping the child to feel more grounded within their body. Proprioception refers […]

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Child’s “Play” : What You Need to Know

“Play” is a child’s work.  Development of play skills is an essential component of early child development.  Play acts as a window which allows us to examine all aspects of a child’s development including their physical, cognitive, speech and language and social-emotional functioning.  It is through play that children learn about objects, people and the […]

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