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How you can use feeding time to further speech development

As a Speech Pathologist, I teach parents to try and incorporate at least 45-minutes of play-time into their daily routine with their child to facilitate language learning. While this can happen in chunks of time throughout the day, there has been a recent study showing that feedings/meal times are a great time to use language […]

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Speech therapy for children struggling academically in school: It’s about more than speech!

If your child is falling behind or struggling academically, a Speech Therapy referral probably isn’t on the list of things you think would help. But the truth is, Speech Pathologists are uniquely qualified to target some of the root causes for academic challenges. When this is first presented to parents, it may seem strange and […]

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Music Can Help Children Learn Language

Did you know, music can help children learn language? Music can facilitate an increase in children’s consonant inventory, frequency of vocalizations, and vocabulary. It has also been proven that singing words can make them easier to remember. Furthermore, the ability to distinguish sounds helps babies develop language. Incorporating songs and music into your child’s daily […]

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Miles Speech Update: April 2019

Miles is now 2-years-3-months-old. He has a phonological disorder and motor speech challenges. He receives speech therapy 3-times a week and boy is it paying off! He is really catching up and sounds more and more like a typical talkative toddler his age everyday. Every month I am giving an update of his progress, read […]

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Miles Speech Update: March 2019

If you read my previous blogs, you know that my youngest son Miles, 25-months-old, had a tongue tie, lip tie, and has motor planning difficulties as well as a phonological disorder. He is currently receiving speech therapy 3-times a week and I prioritize his speech therapy over any other activity. He still gets tons of playtime. (When […]

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Should I use Baby Sign Language with my child?

Yes! Using baby sign language is a great way to help young children communicate their wants and needs before they are able to say them verbally. This often eliminates frustration because they are able to communicate with you through some modality. Most 9-month-old babies can make simple signs to communicate basic needs. You can start […]

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Speech Development: The Strategy of Withholding

If your child is able to produce words but refuses when asked to, or your child won’t try to produce a word when asked, you can try using the strategy of withholding. This strategy can be used for children who are around 20-months-old and older. If your child is an early talker or capable of […]

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Progress for Miles! Monthly update: January 2019

If you read my previous blogs, you know that my youngest son Miles, 25-months-old, had a tongue tie, lip tie, and has motor planning difficulties. He is currently receiving speech therapy 3-times a week and I prioritize his speech therapy over any other activity. He still gets tons of playtime. (When is he NOT playing?) […]

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Struggling to Talk: Childhood Apraxia of Speech

I’m a speech and language pathologist, and also a mom of 2.  When my youngest son, Miles, wasn’t meeting speech milestones we started to explore contributing factors. It turns out he had a tongue tie, lip tie, and motor planning difficulties! This topic hits close to home as a mom AND a speech therapist, and […]

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