Speech Development Blog

How to Help Your Shy Child

If your preschooler is attached to your hip at your every move, try these tips on how you can help your shy child gain some independence and confidence.

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Is Online Speech Therapy Right for My Child?

A misconception exists that speech pathologists only treat children who have difficulty producing specific sounds or those that stutter. Although these are some of the issues that get addressed with speech therapy, speech pathologists also assess and treat a large range of speech and language disorders. Disorders include some of the following: speech and language phonology, language, executive function, voice, fluency, and social language. But is online speech therapy right for my child?

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Tips for Homework Hassles for Children with ADHD

Children, in general, have trouble concentrating on their homework. This can be an especially trying and challenging time for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research has shown that good study habits, starting in the early grades, help children throughout their school years. Here are some tips for your child that suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and for children in grades 1 through 6:

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Emergent Reading Skills: Preliteracy Skills to Teach Your Child

A child’s preliteracy period is about learning to read. Unlike when they are learning to talk, they do not come ready to read, and they will need your help in learning about letters, words, and books. 

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Autism Home Treatment

Having a child with autism requires taking a proactive approach to learning about treatment while closely working with others involved in your child’s care. While every parent agrees that taking care of your child is top priority, it is also important that you take care of yourself so that you are able to face the many challenges of having a child with autism.

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Tongue Twisters for Speech Therapy at Home

Did you know that tongue twisters are one of the few types of spoken wordplay that are not only fun to recite but also are a great tool to aid in children’s language development?

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8 Signs Your Child is Speech Delayed

All parents eagerly wait for their baby’s first words. However, while every child learns at his or her own pace, it is important to be familiar with general speech milestones and language development. These milestones build on one another, giving children a path for developing cognition, social interaction, motor coordination, and adaptive skills. If you're concerned that your child is speech delayed, take a look at the typical milestones for speech development. Here are the top 8 signs that your child may have an issue with speech:

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Children's Speech Development: Ages 8-9

Children between the ages of 7 to 8 are faced with language demands of a school environment. The focus of this age group is to work on developing an understanding of formal and informal speech and language skills. Speech and language milestones are divided into six different categories and are all equally important. If you feel that your child is struggling in any of these six categories, speak to your child’s teacher, pediatrician, or a speech pathologist to assess what the issue might be.

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How to Get Your Toddler Talking

While many toddlers love to talk, some are a little more on the quiet side. Here are six ways to engage your toddler in conversation, and get them talking:

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What You Need to Know About Pragmatic Language and Social Skills

Pragmatic language, commonly referred to as social skills, refers to the verbal and non-verbal rules that dictate our social interactions. Those rules vary greatly across cultures, but they are something all of us use every day. Social interaction can include a number of gestures, from a head nod to eye contact; we do not need to say anything verbally to use social skills. Most of us go about our daily lives and easily make the right decisions when it comes to socially interacting with one another, but for those with a social skills problem, this can be painfully difficult.

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