A lot of moms can really relate to this dilemma: you are a working mom who might not be home as much as you’d like to be and worry about your child not developing his or her language skills as fast as their peers. First make sure your child’s daytime routine is a healthy, nurturing one that encourages development. Find a great preschool and daycare with a low teacher to child ratio that can provide excellent opportunities for your child to listen, imitate, and practice newly developing speech skills. It is also a good idea to make sure that your child isn’t the oldest child there. By surrounding your child with slightly older children, they will be able to serve as good speaking models and partners.
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that robs children of their ability to focus and pay attention. Kids that have ADHD are often fidgety and easily distracted, which can make it hard to stay on task, whether it is listening or finishing a chore. Do you know the symptoms of ADHD and what to look for?
We all have disfluencies in our speech. We use “um”, “uh”, “er”, and pausing, but what is stuttering? Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It usually begins in childhood, and in some cases, lasts for a lifetime. The disorder is caused by disruptions in the productions of speech sounds, also called disfluencies. While it is true that most people have these disfluencies from time to time, it isn’t a problem until they impede communication and a person produces too many of them.
It is important to help your child continue to develop language skills. When young children learn new words, they are simultaneously being exposed to new ideas and concepts. The single best predictor of academic success for children throughout the school years is their vocabulary when they start kindergarten. Try these 4 new ways to improve your toddler’s vocabulary and get your little one to speak like a big kid.
If you’re child has been recently diagnosed or you have a suspicion that your child might have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are confused as to what this means, read these ten myths that surround this disorder and the scientific facts to dispel them. These two conditions are now both referred to in the medical community as ADHD.
Researchers now believe that you can pick up signs of autism in a baby just under 4 months of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are some signs that your baby should have a developmental evaluation.
Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty in which a child has difficulties with language and words. The most common characteristic of dyslexia is that the child has difficulty reading and spelling for no apparent reason. Your child might be intelligent and able to achieve well in other areas and subjects but is unable to read at the expected level. Spelling, comprehension, reading, and identification of words are all common problems that children with dyslexia face. It is important to acknowledge that dyslexia is not a symptom of low intelligence and, in fact, many highly intelligent and creative people such as Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison both struggled with dyslexia.
While this blog does not deal directly with Speech Therapy, speech development or speech delays, I get questions from parents often on the topic of how to deal with ADHD and thought this article would be helpful.