How to react and respond to your child who stutters

I really enjoy working with children who stutter, and I interact frequently with concerned parents who have children that stutter. One of the questions I always ask the parent is how they react to their child’s stuttering. With a young child, the way a parent reacts and the words they use to address a child’s stuttering is important. Most often …

What to expect during a stuttering evaluation

If you are considering a speech evaluation for your child who stutters, you might be curious about what a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) will do during a stuttering evaluation so you can prepare yourself and your child beforehand. Here are some things you can expect, including what the SLP will be assessing and some questions they might ask.  The SLP …

Does my child need a stuttering evaluation?

Parents are often wondering if their child’s stuttering needs to be evaluated. It can be a tricky question, particularly because a child’s speech might be cyclical; ranging from fairly fluent some days to severe the next.  In addition, 75-80% of all children who begin stuttering will stop within 1-2 years without any intervention. Here are some risk factors we consider …

Water, Water, Water! Fun Activities To Try With Your Family

Let’s talk about the warm weather that we are having! The sun is shining down, the spring showers are ending and summer is near! This means vacation to camp sites, lakes, beaches, and even a staycation to the pool in the backyard!  If you are looking for highly effective activities for your family, then get in the water! Throughout the …

GoNoodle: The Fun and Interactive Way To Get Your Child Moving

Are your kids starting to go stir crazy during these long winter months??! I know I am ready for spring to come so I can go outside! Unfortunately it keeps snowing and staying cold!! Your kids may be starting to get bored sitting inside and need something exciting and new to get them active.  Something you can try is GoNoodle, …

7 Sensory Strategies for Improving Sleep

Many children have trouble falling or staying asleep, especially children who have sensory processing difficulties. If you are looking for ways to help improve your child’s sleep, try the following strategies: 1. Shut off screens 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Research suggests that shutting off phone, tablets, and the TV at least 30 minutes before bed helps improve sleep. 2. Try …

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR): What is it and why is it important to check?

ANTR What? We are all born with a set of primitive reflexes that assist with exiting the birth canal during birth and will typically integrate into our system and essentially disappear during the first several months of age. Sometimes these reflexes don’t always integrate and go away on their own, in which case, there are interventions and exercises that can …

8 Apps That Help Develop Fine Motor, Visual Motor, and Visual Perceptual Skills

1. Highlights hidden pictures Ages: 4+ Price: 14 day free trial & then $2.99 Compatibility: Apple & Android Description: Enjoy various scenes where you must find all the hidden objects as fast as you can! This is a great activity for working on visual perceptual skills 2. Find the Difference- Spot It Ages: 4+ Price: FREE Compatibility: Android & Apple …

Using Strategies from the Expanding Expression Tool

What Is It? The Expanding Expression Tool (EET) was created by Sara L. Smith – a speech-language pathologist with a specialty in language processing and multi-sensory approaches to language development. Simply put, EET is a research-based tool to help expand a child’s language. It uses a multi-sensory approach to assist in expanding language from simple general descriptions of objects all …

5 Exercises to Help Your Child Learn How to Jump

Most typically developing children are able to jump around the time they are 3 years old. However, every child develops differently, so some may start jumping before or after. Jumping requires a combination of strength, balance and coordination. Most children will meet this milestone on their own when they are ready. Here are 5 fun exercises you can do with …