After 11 years of working with families of children with communication delays, the top reason that parents wait for treatment is due to the advice given to them by their pediatrician: “let’s wait and see,” “come back in six months,” “give ’em a little more time.” Pediatricians are the first line of defense when parents have concerns with their little ones. Rightfully… Read More
Should I see the pediatrician or an SLP?
How to Build Language through Play
Early play sets the stage for language learning and social development. Here are some powerful hacks to start building language skills through play: 🧸Take the batteries out of toys to help build language and functional play. The toy shouldn’t be doing all the work. 🧸 Avoid distraction during reciprocal play by limiting the number of toys you have out (only have the toy you… Read More
Practical Ways to Entertain Little People
Running out of ideas to keep the little people busy during the quarantine? No worries…ditch the fancy activities and try daily routines instead! Daily routines such as getting dressed, having lunch, and doing household chores offer excellent opportunities to establish and expand developmental skills for the littles. Here are a few activities to try: BEAT THE CLOCK Picking up toys, clearing the table,… Read More
5 ways to get your toddler talking
Babies whose parents frequently talk to them know 300 more words by age 2 than babies whose parents rarely speak to them. The more words your child hears the more words they will use. Here are some ways to get your toddler talking: 1. Narrate Talk about what you are doing and what your baby is doing in real-time to… Read More
Communication: Are you helping?
So often I go into homes to help families because their child isn’t talking; only, to determine that the child’s environment doesn’t require them to communicate using words. In fact; most times, the parents don’t even require their child to communicate in order to gain access to items/objects within the environment. My first-time parents are the biggest offenders (no judgement,… Read More
STUTTERING: WTF(LUENCY), IS THIS NORMAL?
Stuttering is the most commonly recognized speech impairment that affects approximately 3 million people with about 5% of all children between 2-5 being affected during their childhood. It is more commonly seen in boys than girls and is best described as breaks in the flow of speech. These dysfluencies (breaks) are known as repetitions of sounds and words (my-my-my shoe),… Read More