Failure is the Biggest Motivator

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin  However, even with the best planning in life, there is still a possibility of failing.  So if you are motivated to do better the next time you fail, use these five techniques to turn your failure into success. Analyze the steps Focus on the path you took to …

3 Easy Steps to Carry Over Any Skill

Carryover and generalization are often the most difficult stages of therapy. It is easy for the child to produce a sound during drill and practice in therapy, but how do you get her to correctly produce it in spontaneous conversation? How do you get a child to use a social skill outside of a scripted practice conversation? How do you …

Small Victories, Make Huge Impacts

People easily visualize long-term goals but fail to see the small strides that must be taken to reach their goal. “That’s it. I am going to save $10,000 this year.” (ten seconds later) “Wow, those shoes are cool!”We are human and things happen! We are surrounded by temptations and maintain the motivation to work towards goals can  be difficult. Zig …

Best Outdoor Toys for Gross Motor Development

With an endless amount of toys, games, equipment, etc., how do we do decide which one is worth the money to keep our kids busy this summer? Here are some of my favorite outdoor toys that are sure to keep your family engaged and entertained for hours. Not only are these toys fun, but they also encourage the development of …

PROMPT: The Solution to Your Child’s Speech Difficulty?

When it is determined that a child has a speech delay, speech impairment, developmental delay, or other disorder, it is highly recommended to have them begin receiving therapy as soon as possible. However, there are so many considerations and options for therapy, it may seem overwhelming to decide what is best for your child. With that being said, I am …

Six Spectacular Spring Book Selections!

Have fun this spring with these six, spectacular spring book selections! Mouse’s First Spring  by Lauren Thompson   One bright day, Mouse and Momma head outside to play. The wind blows in something feathery and plump (a bird), something wiggly and pink (a worm), and something green that hops and leaps (a frog). But before it’s time to go back inside, Mouse finds …

When Will We Be Done With Therapy?

We work very closely with the families of our clients; after all, we see them weekly. Families have great questions, but believe it or not, sometimes we are asked questions that don’t have an answer. The most frequently asked: “When will my child be done with therapy?” This question is difficult to answer because there are many variables that affect …

Become a Better Listener Today

Listening seems like such a simple skill, but there is so much more to listening than just hearing what your communication partner is saying. Studies show that up to 93% of communication is non-verbal. In order to be a good listener, there are several aspects that must be considered.  In speech therapy, we often use a concept called “whole body …

My Child Seems Burnt Out From Therapy– Should I Take a Break?

Asking a child to attend therapy sessions is beyond the norm for the usual childhood routine of playing, attending school, and participating in sports. This is especially true for the child who may need therapy in more than one area (e.g., Speech, OT, PT). However, if the therapy was not essential to the child’s welfare and development, he/she wouldn’t be …

The Silver Linings of Apraxia

“Your child may have apraxia.”  I have needed to say that many times in my years as a speech therapist.  Those words may bring about feelings of apprehension and confusion to a parent, so I am always quick to add, “but we can take care of this!”  I also have to admit to being excited when I encounter a little …