Speech Development Blog

Building Basic Communication Foundations for your Child

Learning ability varies from person to person, but humans all possess the capability to form and convey complex thoughts and ideas. Our individuality then takes form in our method of communication, influencing how we navigate our lives for the long term.

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3 Strategies to Encourage Communication in Children with Autism

Speech Language Pathologists thrive in communicating with both children and adults with autism. Such individuals suffer in silence and are just waiting to connect with people who are patient enough to understand their situations.  Families often struggle to connect with their speech-challenged children, and those who don’t live with such conditions fail to grasp the importance of developing alternative communication methods.

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Teaching Kids with Autism to Reply to Questions

It’s a situation that parents of children with autism often find themselves in: they know their child knows the answer to a question, but their child still struggles to form a response. 

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Speech Therapy Gift Ideas - Crafts

Speech Development Gifts

When looking for speech development gift ideas for loved ones with speech development issues, consider crafts.  All crafts stimulate some speech and language in children.  Interaction among the child, other children, and adults is important in encouraging speech development.

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Apraxia of Speech - HELP!

Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder. Children with childhood apraxia of speech have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This happens when the brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he/she wants to say but is unable to due to the brain’s difficulties in coordinating the muscle movements necessary to make those sounds and say those words.

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Speech Therapy Gift Ideas - Card Games

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Speech development gifts

When looking for speech development gift ideas, it is important to pick any game that has a lot of interaction with the child, other children, and adults. There are many board games, card games, crafts, and interactive play toys that enhance speech and language. Don't be afraid to change the rules a little to fit your child's or your needs. Here are some great card games that children and parent's love:

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Speech Therapy Gift Ideas - Classic Games

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Speech Development Gifts

When looking for speech development gift ideas, it’s hard to beat classic games.When picking a game, it is important to pick one that has a lot of interaction with the child, other children, and adults. There are many classic games that enhance speech and language. If you need to change the rules a little to fit your needs or your child’s needs, go ahead and do it.  I’ve listed here a few great games that children and parent's love.

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Speech Therapy Gift Ideas - Board Games

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Speech development gifts

Board Games

When looking for speech development gift ideas, watch for games that have a lot of interaction with the child, other children, and adults. There are many board games, card games, crafts, and interactive play toys that encourage speech and language development. Feel free to adjust the game rules to provide a better fit for yourself or your child's needs. Here are some great games that children and parent's love.

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Is it true that children living in bilingual families start talking later?

The answer is, sometimes. What is important to remember, however, is that the advantage of knowing two languages outweighs the small disadvantage of delayed speech, especially since the delay is only temporary.  There is often a slight delay in the speech and language development of both languages in children living in a bilingual household. Over time, though, bilingual children often catch up to their peers and have the added benefit of communicating in two different languages with proficiency. Speaking two different languages offers big benefits even though it can cause your child to start talking a bit later.

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What is Receptive Language Disorder?

Receptive Language Disorder is also known as mixed Receptive Language Disorder. This is primarily a learning disability that affects either the expression or understanding of language or both. This disorder affects nearly 3-5% of all children. Children with Receptive Language Disorder may find difficulty in following directions, following a schedule and/or handling transistions from one activity to another.  As they get older, they may need directions to be written down on paper. Children may also have difficulties in social settings, since they have trouble expressing themselves normally and have trouble processing what is being said. It is important to understand that a diagnosis of Receptive Language Disorder does not relate to your child’s intelligence. In fact, children that are diagnosed with Receptive Language Disorder have an above average IQ compared to others.

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