Does My Child Have Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

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Mispronouncing words is a typical part of language development. Many parents love that adorable stage where a child might say “p’sketti” for spaghetti or “compooter” for computer. Errors like this are a normal part of learning language and typically nothing to worry about. However, for some children, speech errors may be much more severe and pervasive, making their speech nearly unintelligible. There are a range of issues that can cause speech problems. Today we’ll talk about one of these: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Continue reading

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Encourage Early Literacy for National Reading Month!

 

parents with children read books on whiteMarch is National Reading Month! Did you know that speech-language pathologists can play a key role in helping children learn to read? In fact, recent survey found that over 70% of teachers believed that students who received speech therapy services demonstrated improved reading skills in the classroom (ASHA, National Outcome Measurement System). In support of National Reading Month, today we’re focusing our blog on some of the things you can do at home to help your child develop pre-literacy skills and get ready to read! Continue reading

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Trisomy Awareness Month: Spotlight on Down Syndrome

Did you know that March is Trisomy Awareness Month? In support of this awareness campaign, today we’re focusing our blog on one of the most common trisomy conditions: Down Syndrome. Continue reading

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Is My Child on Track? 10 Communication Milestones to Look for

happy baby boy, studio photo sessionWatching your child grow and learn to communicate with the world around them is one of the greatest joys as a parent. But what do you do if you think your child is lagging behind? Last week, we talked about how a speech-language pathologist can help if you suspect your child is delayed in developing language. Today, we talk about a few specific milestones to look out for to help determine if your child is a late bloomer, or a risk for a communication disorder. Continue reading

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When to See a Speech Therapist: Language Delays

 

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A child’s first words are a source of excitement for parents everywhere. But what if those first words don’t come when you expect them too? It’s normal to be concerned about your child’s language development, but if your child doesn’t begin talking at the exact same time as other children, it isn’t necessarily cause for alarm. However, it’s important to keep an eye out for any potential issues so if there is a problem, your child can get help as early as possible. Continue reading

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Childhood Hearing Loss? A Speech Therapist Can Help!

Hearing loss in children. Mom with a child in laryngologist

Childhood hearing loss can have a significant impact on speech and language development. However, detecting the loss early and seeking speech and language therapy can head problems off before they start. Studies have found that infants who are identified with a hearing loss by 6 months old can be expected to attain language development on a par with hearing peers. Last week, we talked about three of the ways a child with hearing loss can benefit from speech therapy. Today, we wrap up Part 2 with three more ways a speech-language pathologist can help a child with hearing loss communicate to the best of their ability. Continue reading

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Three Ways a Speech Therapist Can Help a Child with Hearing Loss

Toddler With HeadphonesDid you know that speech-language pathologists help children with hearing impairment? Difficulty hearing can create a range of communication issues, including disruptions to learning speech and language. However, a combination of early detection, use of amplification (i.e., a hearing aid), and speech therapy can make a huge difference in a child’s ability to develop effective communication. Take a look at a few of the ways a speech-language pathologist can help a child with hearing loss: Continue reading

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