Speech Development Blog

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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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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Techniques that Encourage Language Development

Most of you use the following techniques while interacting with your babies and toddlers without realizing that what you’re doing is a certain technique. Some of these are indirect, meaning that there is no specific requesting of a response, and some of these are direct, which is a way of encouraging language and requesting that children imitate words or sounds.

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Language Disorders and a Mistake Parents Make

If “language is the means by which all other subjects are pursued,” as J. Boyer from the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning puts it, language disorders can impact so many areas of one’s life, and if left untreated, can be devastating.

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Speech and Language Development: An Overview

What is speech and language development?

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5 Fun Tongue Twister Games for Speech Therapy at Home!

As a follow up to one of our previous posts about how to use tongue twisters for speech and language development, here are five games that can help you take speech therapy with tongue twisters even farther and help you have even more fun with them!

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As a Working Mom, How Can I Help My Toddler Develop Her Language Skills?

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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Toddler Books for Big Emotional Milestones

Not only do books help your little toddler learn new vocabulary, they can also help with some of the big emotional milestones that they may encounter. Below are a list of suggested books that will help your tiny tot through some big changes and some healthy childhood development.

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