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I’m an SLP and I don’t do manners…. Here’s why

Imagine you’re at the grocery store and you can’t find the cookies. You approach a worker and they say, “Can I help you” and you say “Please”. They’re somewhat confused and begin leading you around the store directing you to various aisles and you begin to get frustrated. Again, you tell them “Please” and they […]

Creating Conversation Scripts to Enhance Pragmatic Skills 

What is Pragmatics?   Pragmatics are the social skills and rules of social language that play a part in a child’s overall communication. Children must understand the rules and purposes of communication to use language appropriately in social situations. These skills include planning what we say, how we say it, and non-verbal communication including eye contact, […]

Snow Day? S’no Problem! 

Changes in a child’s environment are an exciting time and can be a great way to model new language and incorporate current speech and language goals in a child-led, play-based way.   Outside Activities: If you can brave the cold weather, try some of these fun winter activities with ideas for how you can work on […]

Recommended Gifts to Support Language Development

There are many foundational interaction skills that precede the development of spoken language. When children have difficulty with these foundational skills, their receptive and expressive language skills are impacted. Some of these foundational skills include joint attention, use of gestures, and motor and vocal imitation. These skills can be targeted within simple rhymes (e.g., pattycake), […]

The strategy of waiting

One of the best strategies to utilize during your child’s key developmental stages is to simplywait. This strategy can and should be used throughout everyday routines and interactions.When you start to evaluate how much you are waiting throughout your daily routines, you mayrealize that it’s more difficult than it sounds. But it is SO important. […]

Is my Child a Picky Eater or Problem Eater? 

Feeding takes up most of the time in the child’s first few months of life, and when a parent has a child who is selective with his or her feeding, it can become an overwhelming concern for parents. Feeding challenges in a child can invoke feelings of failure in a parent and only heightens the […]

The Best Materials to Target Speech and Language Skills 

After coming to speech therapy and learning that their child has a speech or language delay, many parents wonder what they can do at home to help. In addition to attending speech therapy appointments, it is very important for caregivers to work on speech and language skills at home and in other environments that the […]

Stuttering Support Groups

Stuttering is a neurophysiological condition which results in an individual exhibiting blocks, repetitions, or prolongations in their speech. Stuttering is often extremely misunderstood by society. Stuttering is a chronological experience, meaning it will likely occur across the span of an individual’s lifetime. Approximately 1% of the population stutters, equating to about 80 million people worldwide. […]

Making AAC Motivational and fun

Making AAC Motivational and Fun for Kids and Families: Realistic Expectations, Tips, and Tricks  Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems play a vital role in enabling individuals with communication difficulties to express themselves effectively. While AAC can initially seem daunting, especially for children and their families, creating a motivating and enjoyable environment can make the […]

Narrative language skills: The power of storytelling

Narrative language refers to the ability to use all parts of language (vocabulary, grammar, pragmatics) together to tell a story. Narrative skills, or storytelling skills, are a complex and important part of communication. These skills begin to develop as early as 2 years of age! We use our narrative language skills several times a day […]