Jun 2017

5 Must-Have Toys For Your Child

By: Lindsay Barret  M.S., CF-SLP Five tried and true toys that target development of language and cognitive skills! Puzzles. Puzzles introduce novel vocabulary, provide background knowledge, foster problem solving skills, and encourage visual-spatial awareness. They’re also great for working on simple single words such as “in,” “out,” or “more.” Mr. Potato Head. Mr. Potato Head targets body part and clothing vocabulary, following 1 and 2 step directions, and play skills. Musical instruments. Musical instruments teach children to imitate what they see and hear. Music also encourages expression and creativity. Farm animals. Playing with farm animals is a good way to [...]

Jun 2017

7 Toys to Facilitate Language Discovery

By: Lindsay Barret M.S., CF-SLP The best part about language is that it’s everywhere! The following list of toys and games are excellent to use when promoting language: Cause & Effect Toys   Ring stack Jack in the box Marble run Shape sorter What do these toys facilitate? Single words and short phrases: “Open”, “close”, “put in”, “put on”, “up”, “down”, “push”, “ready, set, go!”, “you go”, “I go”, “my turn”, and “your turn” Vocabulary: colors, shapes Problem-solving skills Puzzles   What do puzzles facilitate? Introducing vocabulary (animals, food, clothing, tools, sports, colors, shapes, modes of transportation) Basic concepts: numbers, [...]

May 2017

10 Ways to Introduce New Foods to Your Child

By: Lindsay Barret M.S., CF-SLP Mealtime can be stressful when your child has difficulty integrating new foods into his or her diet. This can be challenging for children for a variety of reasons, and is a unique process for each child. Taking a multidisciplinary approach can be beneficial, depending on the needs of your child. This team can include a pediatrician, nutritionist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, or psychologist. The following tips can help reduce the pressure and fear of mealtime and encourage your child to try new foods: Make mealtime fun! Sing a song Integrate toys Making it fun yields [...]

May 2017

7 Ways to Get Rid of the Pacifier

  By: Katrina Wasserman  M.S., CCC-SLP Pacifiers are wonderful, until they are not! Getting rid of the pacifier is a rite of passage for parents and children.  It can be an overwhelming task since pacifiers become some children’s most beloved items. Here are some ideas to help you and your child become pacifier-free! Cold turkey - It may sound harsh, but within a few days the pacifier will no longer be missed. Cutting the nipple - Progressively enlarge the hole at the center of the pacifier’s nipple. Many children will lose interest since it does not provide the same sensation. Be careful [...]

Apr 2017

Toys and Play Scenes to Try With Your Child

By: Lindsay Barret M.S., CF-SLP Have you ever played with a toy and felt like you’re not sure what to do with it any longer? I find it helpful to think of a few simple play stories/schemas before using the toy. This is a great way to reduce pauses during play as you think of what to do next. It will help keep your child engaged and communicating! Finally, it is important to keep the child’s abilities in mind when creating a play scheme and adjust the language and play sequence to match what the child can do.    Dollhouse [...]

Apr 2017

Word Finding Activities for Kids

  By: Kyle Mutch MS CCC-SLP Whether it’s remembering someone’s name, the name of a place or identifying basic objects, everyone occasionally struggles from word finding issues. Word finding difficulties are more prevalent in children with language disorders and can lead to academic and social challenges. In this post, you’ll learn about strategies and activities that help prevent words from being stuck on the “tip of the tongue”. Common Signs of Word Finding Difficulty Extensive delay lead up to the end of the question: “Where’s my……………..paintbrush?” Using many filler words in place of specific words: “Have you seen my, um, [...]

Mar 2017

4 Fun Ways to Practice Speech Therapy at Home

By:  Christina Rossi  M.S. CF-SLP “Homework” is a word guaranteed to make any kid groan. I understand those groans - homework has the word “work” in it, and it can be difficult to find time to do homework between school, sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities. With that said, homework is valuable. The more you practice a skill, the better you get at it, and there simply isn’t enough time to get all the practice you need during regular instructional time. When it comes to speech therapy, practice at home is vital. It’s important for kids to know that the [...]

Mar 2017

6 Focus Areas of Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists

By:  Christina Rossi  M.S. CF-SLP   People are often surprised when they discover the vast scope of our practice. “Oh, you’re a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist? So you help people say the /r/ sound?” I would be retired in the Cayman Islands if I had a nickel for every time I heard that. Yes, Speech-Language Pathologists help clients with articulation, but our scope of practice reaches far beyond the R sound! This misconception arises when people refer to us as Speech Therapists and omit the essential ‘language’ part! Below are a few main areas SLPs treat.   Expressive/Receptive/Social Language. We help [...]

Nov 2016

Better Than Average: Why Intelligent Children Can Develop Into Academically Struggling Teenagers

It was confounding, confusing and by all external appearances, emotionally depressing. After years of coasting along under the academic radar, something had changed and for the first time in his life Tom felt completely lost. It wasn’t that he had been a straight A student. His teachers had always been supportive, if not effusive at their parental conferences and his report cards were consistently filled with Bs of all types. But by the time I met Tom and his parents, halfway through his final year in middle school, the three of them could barely speak to one another. What had [...]

Load More Posts