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What Is PROMPT Therapy?

PROMPT therapy has become extremely popular over recent years, especially for kids who have apraxia. PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is a tactile-kinesthetic technique. This means the therapist touches the patients face to elicit the tongue, jaw, lips, cheeks, and other articulations to produce sounds. The therapist...
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picky eater vs problem feeder

Picky Eater vs. Problem Feeder

By: Brenna Spellissy MS, OTR/L Eating! We all like to eat and enjoy different tastes and textures. We like going to restaurants and socializing with friends. Eating is such an important part of our lives. So, what happens when your child has difficulty with eating and this fun engaging activity becomes a hassle with tantrums,...
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5 Ways you Can Get Your Toddler to Talk More

5 Ways you Can Get Your Toddler to Talk More

Here are some speech and language therapy techniques that you can use at home to get your toddler to talk more. 1. Get them around other children their age or slightly older. My son goes to an in home daycare where he is the youngest. He started at 7 months and now he is 3...
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early signs of autism

What are the early signs of Autism

It is scary when your toddler is not saying many words. Many times during initial speech and language evaluations parents will ask me if I think their child may have Autism. Unfortunately, as speech-language pathologists, we cannot diagnose Autism. We can just tell you if your child is delayed in speech and language and if...
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occupational therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Most people hear occupational therapy and they think it’s helping people get jobs. Then you say pediatric occupational therapy and then they are really confused. So what exactly is occupational therapy and how can it help my child? Occupational therapy helps people participate in their day to day lives through use of therapeutic activities. For...
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How to get speech therapy and occupational therapy covered when your insurance won’t cover it

Many times when someone calls, the first question they ask is “Do you take our insurance?”, which is sad, because the first question really should be, “What kind of therapy do you provide and are you the best place to help my child?”. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go to the BEST clinic for your...
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Teletherapy WILL Work for Your Young Child and Here is Why

During the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us have had to become familiar with video conferencing and online learning. A year ago, I would have thought “Zoom” was a website for race cars now it’s the new “Google.” It’s become part of our lives whether we like it or not. I have to admit, I was...
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Augmentative Alternative Communication

What is AAC and will it help my child?

AAC stands for Augmentative Alternative Communication. It is an alternative way to communicate without words. It can include gestures, sign language, picture exchange, and communication devices. If your child is over the age of two and is not talking or very unintelligible then yes, AAC is very appropriate! Think how frustrated your child might be...
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Encouraging the use of a Speech Generated Device at Home

The day has arrived! Finally you’ve received your child’s speech generating device (SGD) in the mail. You open the box with anticipation and turn it on. You hand it to your child ready for their world to open, and they throw it on the ground?!?. This is not an uncommon response for several reasons. At...
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