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Toys to help promote language development in young children

5 toys to help promote language development in young children

By Courtney Fagan M.S. CF-SLP Mr. Potato Head Mr. Potato head offers so many great opportunities to model language for your little ones. Some core words to work on when playing with Mr. Potato head are “on, off, put, big, little, in, out”. It is a great toy to use to teach different body parts...
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When should you be concerned about stuttering?

We all have dysfluencies everyday! Very often people say “um,” “uh,” or “like” when they are trying to explain something to you. Even repeating the beginning of a sentence like, “Can you, Can you get bananas at the store?” while trying to recall information is normal. When our children start being dysfluent it is hard...
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SOS Approach Feeding Difficulties

What is the SOS Approach Feeding Difficulties

What is the SOS Approach Feeding Difficulties By Brenna Hicks True or false? The #1 priority of the human body is eating. Well, believe it or not that statement is FALSE. Breathing is actually the 1st! Our bodies require good oxygenation, and without it our bodies actually close our airway briefly between each swallow. The...
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Reflex Integration and Play

Training the Pediatric Brain Through Reflex Integration and Play

By Savannah Coffey Primitive reflexes are crucial aspects of a newborn and infant’s life. These reflexes help our children develop essential motor skills such as crawling, sitting up independently, eating, rolling over, walking, and many other developmental milestones. Additionally, primitive reflexes are a key component for maturity of our emotions, behavioral regulation, sensory modulation, visual...
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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 speech occupational

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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speech therapy device

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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PROMPT Speech Therapy, Looking at the WHOLE Child

PROMPT therapy stands for PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. During PROMPT therapy, the speech therapist will touch and move the patient’s tongue, lips, jaw, and cheeks to help elicit and correct certain sounds. All the PROMPTS are done on the outside of the face. When most people think of PROMPT they think of...
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childhood apraxia of speech

What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

This is a difficult question to answer, as there are many schools of thought on the diagnosis and treatment of Apraxia of Speech. While Speech Apraxia affects people of all ages and manifests itself differently from one person to the next, Speech Apraxia in adults is much different from that of a child. For adults,...
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