As many schools around the country headed back to school this month, speech language pathologists are learning to adapt to the new normal: Teletherapy. Over the past few weeks, as I've prepared to provide therapy to my students virtually, I've come up with a list of necessary items to help make speech teletherapy successful. It's … Continue reading 8 Necessary Items for Successful Speech Teletherapy
Sometimes you may find it difficult to get out of the house with your special needs child. You may not know where to go or find it challenging to manage your child's behaviors outside of the house. It is SO important to get out of the house with your child as these outings provide bonding … Continue reading 10 Places to Visit in NJ With Your Special Needs Child
In honor of World Autism Day on April 2nd, this post is dedicated to Light It Up Blue. It is so important for people to understand autism, as it affects 1 in 68 children in the United States (this number may even be higher according to some studies). As more and more children become diagnosed … Continue reading 5 Helpful Tips for Interacting With a Child on the Autism Spectrum
Has your child recently begun receiving speech therapy? There are a lot of terms that may be thrown at you that can be confusing. The terms that speech therapists sometimes use aren't always the most easy to understand. I will breakdown some of the most common speech and language lingo to make the therapy process … Continue reading 14 of the Most Common Speech and Language Lingo Explained for You
If you have a child with language difficulties (receptive and/or expressive) sometimes it's difficult to know how to communicate with them. Should you speak in shorter sentences to help them understand? Should you speak slower? Should you interact in a specific way? Here are four do's and don'ts of parenting a language delayed child. 4 … Continue reading 4 Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting a Language Delayed Child
When I speak with parents of children with language disorders, one common concern I hear is that my child can't tell me about his school day. This concern makes sense. It's natural for a parent to want to know about their child's day and to be able to talk about school. However, children with language disorders demonstrate … Continue reading Helpful Ideas to Get Your Child to Talk About School
How do you know if your child's speech difficulties are developmental or disordered? There are many speech sound development charts and guidelines online that can provide you with normative information on sound development. However, I have found this chart to be the most useful: Consonant Acquisition Chart What sounds should your child be able to … Continue reading Important Speech Sound Development Information
Does your child have difficulty looking at you when asking for things or telling you something? Poor eye contact is very common for child on the Autism Spectrum. Establishing and maintaining eye contact is an important ability to have socially. There are some ways you can work with your child to help increase this skill. … Continue reading Powerful Ways to Increase Your Child’s Eye Contact
The general rule of thumb for sentence length is that your child's age should be equal to the number of words they are able to string together. For example, if your child is 1-years-old then he or she should be using 1-word utterances (ex. car, go, juice). If your child is 2-years-old then he or … Continue reading 3 Excellent Ways to Expand Your Child’s Sentences at Home
Is your child not speaking yet? Does it seem like your child may not be speaking as much as his or her peers? As a speech pathologist, I often have parents coming to me with these concerns. If you suspect your child may be language delayed, do not hesitate to look for help. If your … Continue reading What to Do If You Think Your Child May be Language Delayed?
The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) provides valuable information for speech language pathologists and parents looking to aid their children in speech and language development. Follow the links below which will bring you to the official ASHA information regarding speech and language milestones and how you as a parent can help your child achieve them. Birth … Continue reading What Can I Do to Help My Child’s Speech and Language?
As a speech language pathologist working with children for many years, family involvement is a crucial part of the therapy process. When families are involved in the therapy and know how to help their children increase speech and language skills, goals are achieved much quicker and results are truly visible. The purpose of this blog … Continue reading Help To Improve Your Child’s Speech and Language Skills