What To Expect In A Stuttering Therapy Session

You might wonder what stuttering therapy might entail for your child so that you are able to prepare yourself and your child what to expect before entering the first session.  If your child is younger (preschool aged) the speech therapist will be working a lot with the parent and teaching them ways to help their child’s speech by modifying the …

5 Tips To Get Your Kid Crawling

Crawling is an important part of child development, but unfortunately it is one that kids commonly skip over. Crawling is important for developing core strength, coordination, fine motor skills, crossing midline, reciprocal movement patterns, social interactions and sensory integration. Here are some tips, tricks and exercises to help get your child crawling! 1. Side Sitting A side sitting position can …

Integrating Language into Movie Night

With lots of extra time on our hands, movie night is a great way to enjoy spending time with family and relax after a stressful week!  Did you also know that watching movies is an easy way for kiddos to work on their language skills?  Here are a few suggestions to target during the credits and some simple activities and …

Dyslexia: Fact or Fiction

Dyslexia is a diagnosis that affects about 15-20% of our population.  There are many misconceptions about what dyslexia is and how it affects children in school.  According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is defined as “a specific learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties …

Keep it Functional and Model!

I would like to introduce you to a simple tool that you can use to help improve your child’s speech and language skills: modeling.  What is modeling?  According to Merriam-Webster, modeling is defined as “an example for imitation or emulation.” When viewed through the lens of a therapist, we focus on our actions and how they benefit the child.  Specifically, as …

Language Scavenger Hunt Using Expanding Expression Tool

With kiddos cooped up in the house, a scavenger hunt is a great way to get outside, or it can even be a fun inside activity.  A great way to engage your child and their language abilities is to incorporate the EET language visual.  You may have heard of EET – Expanding Expression Tool, a strategy designed by a speech-language …

The Amazing Benefits of Elephant and Piggie Books

The author, Mo Willams, either knowingly or unknowingly created a host of books that can teach language skills to young learners. Below are reasons to use these books to make language learning fun and interesting: Conversational skills are demonstrated in these books, as they contain characters that interact and take conversational turns page by page. Each animal character has their …

Mother May I? – Seven benefits to the fun and engaging game!

Remember some of those games you played outdoors on warm summer evenings or in your elementary physical education classes? Those games focused on a variety of skills without us, as children, even being aware of it.  One great example is Mother May I.  Read on to see the variety of skills the simple, fun and engaging game can address. Attention:  …

Exploring Foods with All Five Senses

If you have a picky eater on your hands, it can be frustrating to try to get them to eat something new. One of the best things you can do for a child is offer them a lot of exposure to various food types! This means having exposure without necessarily having the expectation of actually eating the foods we expose, …

6 Household Items You Can Use To Work On Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills

With increased time in our homes due to the pandemic, parents and therapists alike have had to get creative with entertaining and working with their kids. Here are 6 household items that you can use to work on your child’s gross motor skills including balance, strength, coordination and ball skills: 1. Laundry Basket Laundry baskets are very versatile household items that …