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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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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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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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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Speech and Language Development: An Overview

What is speech and language development?

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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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Top 10 Tips to Improve Speech & Communication Skills

Speech therapy doesn’t stop when your child comes home. Speech therapy should be an ongoing, continuous practice and that includes inside the home. By continuing what your child is learning in speech therapy at home on a daily basis, you will not only see faster results, but it will also make your child more confident in what he is learning and accomplishing.

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Dyslexia: A Language Based Learning Disability

Language based learning disabilities are problems with age appropriate reading, spelling, or writing. It is important to note that this disorder is not about how smart a child is. Most children who are diagnosed with a language based learning disability have average to superior intelligence.

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Top 8 Tips to Help Your ADHD Child

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.

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Top 16 Speech Development Benefits of Reading to Your Child

Many new parents ask me what is the best way to prepare their child for speech development. As a first time parent, sometimes you can be at a loss of what should be done with your children to ensure that they reach developmental milestones of speech, language, motor skills, feeding, etc. Reading and using books is a great way to help your child develop in more ways than just one. Reading can help your child not only expand their vocabulary and prepare them for a school environment, but is also a great bonding time for young children. Surprisingly most parents don’t have books for their children or read to them because “they can’t read yet”. Below is a list of benefits and things children can learn through even before they learn to actually read and some of them are learned even before they are able to speak:

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