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Expressive or Receptive Language: Which One Comes First?

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Expressive or Receptive Language: Which One Comes First? Have you ever been chatting around your baby or toddler thinking they can’t understand you, but come to find out they could understand you the whole time? Maybe you were watching football and yelling at your team’s quarterback “Throw it! Throw it!” and next thing you know,…

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Gestalt Language Processing

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Why does my child repeat everything they hear?    We’ve all seen it. The dreaded moment when a toddler is beginning to acquire language, and they repeat something they really shouldn’t. It happens to the best of us. And it happens in every family, whether people care to share the story or not! For most…

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Phonological Awareness Skills All Kids Need to Learn

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As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I often see clients come into my office concerned about their child’s reading abilities. But what many people don’t know is that there are vital pre-reading skills (also called phonological awareness skills) that can be taught to set children up for future reading success! What is Phonological Awareness? Phonological Awareness is…

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Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech through Telepractice

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a developmental disorder that is typically diagnosed by 2 years of age. Children with apraxia present with inconsistent speech sound errors on consonants and vowels and in repeated productions of syllables and words. Usually, these children also have difficulty imitating their parents when asked to repeat words back when…

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Reading to Children

Ever wonder what to say to a young child who can’t answer you with words? Read a book. Even the youngest child loves the sound of voices. Reading books to little ones at an early age is important. Reading children’s stories out loud is one of the best activities an adult can do with a…

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Typical Pre-Reading Skills Development

3-4 Years Spontaneously Produces Rhyme: The child sings and chants rhyming words without awareness of what rhyme is. Ex: Child is pretending to read a book and says “pig wig jig” 4-5 Years Ability to Identify Rhyme: The child identifies that some words have the same ending sounds or sound the same at the end.…

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Normal Speech Development: When should I expect my child to talk?

All children develop speech and language skills at different times. We as speech language pathologists, however, become concerned when children are falling significantly below their age level for both understanding and talking. Here are a few guidelines you can use to see if your children are developing speech and language skills appropriately:7 months – 1…

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Using Photo Books to Increase Vocabulary, Grammar, and Narrative Skills

Looking for summer activities to help kids with language skills? ASHAsphere blogger Becca Jarzynski suggests using photo books to increase vocabulary, grammar, and narrative skills. “Making photo books with your kids is a fabulous way to help increase their language skills. It matters not if you are a mom simply looking for  creative ways to…

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