This week we are focusing on social stories, or as I like to refer to them, picture guides. Social stories or picture guides are a way of teaching any child the feelings behind a new skill, activity or life experience. For example, we often make social stories to help children learn what they can do with Continue reading
TV Episode: Encouraging Language Through Play
I created this video for you to show you how I work with Lily on her speech and language skills. Now, please know…I do not do this ON PURPOSE all the time. It just happens naturally in my interactions with her since this is what I do for a living! In this video you will Continue reading
How Long Will My Child Need Speech Therapy?
This is a common question that most parents ask when preparing to start their child in speech, language and/or feeding therapy. And my answer is always the same, “it depends on various factors.” As a parent, this seemingly ambiguous response is frustrating! I get that. But please understand this is the hardest question for Continue reading
When Was The Last Time Your Child’s Hearing Was Checked?
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (AAO), “three million children under the age of 18 have some hearing loss including four out of every thousand newborns.” While that may not sound like much, it is quite an astounding number! Especially since it is directly related to delays in speech Continue reading
7 Activities To Build Language And Beat The Winter Blues
We were having a pretty mild winter until our DC Metro area blizzard (where we seemed to get all of winter at once) last month. And apparently Elsa is not done with us with these mini snow and ice events we have had this February. These days indoors can add up quickly and lead to Continue reading
Episode 50: Fun ways to teach opposites!
Silvia explained that her 4 year old daughter was nonverbal and now at 5 is speaking (yay!) but has a hard time learning certain concepts, like opposites (hot/cold, in/out, empty/full, etc). Here are three tips on how to use your every day items and activities to teach these concepts in a fun way! Love, Hallie
Will Using Sign Delay My Child’s Speech?
…NO! Simply put, it will NOT delay your child’s speech. It is a misconceived notion that using sign language with your young child will delay their ability to speak. The research shows quite the opposite and is in support of using sign language to help your child become verbal. In other words, sign language can Continue reading
4 Tips To Communicate With Your Young Child
I recently spoke to a group of moms with kiddos one year of age and under. As I wrote these tips down to talk about with them, I realized these are great tips to share with all of you as well! Communication can be such a complicated thing for many of us and our kiddos Continue reading
Activities To Build Language At Home This Summer
Summer is here and it is time to dust off the toys and work on those play skills! Does the thought of that scare you? Are you wondering where the heck to even start? You are not alone. Many parents really aren’t sure what toys to use in play or what to saying when playing Continue reading
25 Songs For Autism & Apraxia of Speech
It is time to put on your singing hat…even if you cannot sing! I recently posted this picture on our facebook page so you can be sure that I am no professional singer (even though I sing all day long around kids)! I share this as I need for you to let loose and Continue reading