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The Benefits of AAC for Individuals with Down Syndrome

What is AAC? Augmentative and Alternative Communication, also known as AAC, refers to compensatory or supplemental methods of communication for individuals who have difficulty utilizing verbal language, either temporarily or permanently, to functionally communicate. It allows individuals to use various methods, such as sign language or modified signs, picture communication, facial expressions, gestures, vocalizations, and […]

Stuttering Awareness

Parents of School-Aged Children Who Stutter: What to Do and What to Avoid “Stuttering is a neurodevelopmental variation that leads to a unique forward execution of speech sounds produced in the context of language and social interaction” – Naomi Rogers PhD, CCC-SLP Caring for your child is the most remarkable and important job you have. […]

Let’s Get Cooking!

Eating is an essential part of everyone’s life. So why not include the whole family in the cooking process? Growing up, we would have what we called, “Try Something New Sunday” where one family member would pick something new for the family to try. It was a fun way to engage the whole family in […]

Trauma Informed Care

Understanding How to Support Children Who Have Experienced Trauma What is trauma? Shock trauma– An experience of an overwhelming event which is perceived as life-threatening. Developmental trauma– Ongoing childhood abuse or lack of nurturing during developmental periods in childhood. This includes; emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as neglect, attachment disruptions, and medical trauma. […]

Functional Activities for OT at Home

Functional Activities for OT at Home

The goal of occupational therapy, better known as OT, is to increase children’s independence across their natural environments. Occupational therapists work on underlying skills in order to build up to completing larger, functional tasks, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and toileting.  Some of these areas are executive functioning, social skills, sensory processing, fine motor skills, […]

“People Games” to Help Motivate Your Child to Communicate

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  Did you know “people games” help motivate your child to communicate? These games, with repetitive movements, sounds and words, help your child learn to take turns verbally and to imitate/copy what you are doing. Verbal turn taking and imitation are early communication skills that are delayed in many of the children we see in […]

Importance of Reading to Your Child

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”—Dr. Seuss I started reading to my kids the day they came home from the hospital. All 3 of my boys have always loved to read and were early readers. As a speech language pathologist, […]

“But I’m Not Sleepy!”

As an occupational therapist and an “instant parent” with foster children, I have spent a lot of time researching, thinking, trialing, and working on sleep for all four of my children! My oldest has the highest need for sleep and also the most difficulty with sleeping. We have spent a great deal of effort adjusting […]

Medical vs. School Based Speech Therapy

It is that time of year again when school begins, and many families are searching for answers about which model of speech therapy is best for their child. Many families do not realize there is a difference between the two models. As a speech therapist who has worked in both settings, I am here to […]

Finding the Truth of the Matter

When my son was young, he often experienced a great deal of anxiety about all kinds of things. He was worried about what would happen tomorrow, or in the next half hour. He would get so upset thinking about all the things that were outside of his control because he didn’t know how to face […]