New CDC Milestones as Seen from a Speech Therapist’s Perspective

With the recent release of the CDC’s new developmental milestones, there has been a lot of buzz about how to interpret and use these new recommendations. As parents and practitioners, our ultimate goal is to do what is best for our children, but sometimes it is hard to know exactly what that is when information […]

Minimal Pairs

Minimal pairs are words that differ by only 1 phoneme (sip dip).​ It is a quick way of helping your child break the habit of substituting 1 sound for another sound.​ The goal of using minimal pairs is to help your child understand how they say the word determines the meaning.  ​ Ask your speech therapist for minimal pair resources!​ -Shelley Zepp,SLP

Sensory strategies for Halloween & Beyond:

‘Tis the season for Fall festivals, class parties, fun costumes and trick or treating with friends and family! The air is filled with excited chatter and yummy smells. Streets are lined with lights, pumpkins, and friendly or spooky sights! It is a fun time of year for families, but the Fall/Halloween season can also bring its fair share of hurdles: […]

Play Outside!

Did you know playing and spending time outdoors has many benefits for children? Outdoor play is a multi-sensory experience. Playing in the backyard, at the park, or on the playground provides input to all of the senses in our body such as aromas from plants, the sight of nature, and feeling unique textures, just to […]

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is one of the most common language learning disorders, but did you know we can observe warning signs of dyslexia before a child even begins learning to read? We can! Dyslexia affects a variety of language skills not simply reading and writing, so we may observe potential signs of dyslexia or other language disorders […]

Using Books to Encourage Language Development

 Reading daily to your child is one of the best ways to encourage language development. Books allow you to introduce your child to a wide range of vocabulary and situations that your child might not otherwise encounter in their typical day. They allow your child to think through challenging situations, understand the sequence of events, […]