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Observe 6 Play Skills Based on Your Child’s Age

As an expert in child development, in the assessment process, a question I often ask parents and often misunderstood is: “Does your child play with their toys?” More often than not, the answer is “Yes,” but when observing the child’s play skills in their natural environment, during a virtual assessment, there are generally a wealth …

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4 Interactive Storybook Reading Tips to Improve Vocabulary in Young Children

Children with specific language impairment (SLI) have significant language deficits compared to their peers in the absence of an obvious causal factor. These deficits affect the development of vocabulary, grammar, and discourse skills, with evidence that certain morphemes may be especially difficult to acquire. Furthermore, children with SLI seem to need two to three times …

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3 Online Developmental Screeners for Infants and Toddlers w/ Suspected Developmental Delays

Sometimes, when a young child has yet to speak their first words, the first thought of action is a referral to a speech-language pathologist. As speech-language pathologists, we’re often the first to determine a developmental delay related to communication, and if there is, what could be the cause of such. Frequently, there is no one …

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5 IEP and 504 Plan Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

Guest blogger Christy Calbos, Esq of Calbos Law Just Starting the Process? Know the difference between a 504 Plan and Special Education IEP. For special education eligibility, a student must be diagnosed with a disability that impairs their ability to make effective progress and thus requires specialized instruction, accommodations, and/or related services in order to …

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10 Teacher-Recommended Educational Websites

Parent of a home-schooled child? Seeking supplemental educational website activities? Here are 10 recommend by classroom teachers. A few of these sites are completely free and others have sections accessible without a subscription. Educational Websites ABCya! Abcya.com is a teacher-created website which provides fun and educational games and apps for kids to use under the …

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5 Children’s Books for Promoting Speech and Language Skills

It is important to understand that each child learns differently, but books are excellent tools for promoting speech and language skills, as it is the foundation of learning. Within therapy, books are always targeted to encourage language via expansion/extension, questions, labeling, etc. Maya’s Book Nook does a great job elaborating language and literacy opportunities in …

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Delayed Potty Training? Get FREE Diapers and Pull-ups

Can Free Diapers Help Your Family’s Budget? For many children with developmental delays, communicating toileting needs or understanding the process of bodily functions can sometimes be complex and because of this, potty training may take longer than expected. This extended time, without a doubt, translates to expenses most families assume they’d no longer have after …

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My Child Was Evaluated for Early Intervention, Now What?

Your child was referred to your state’s local early intervention program for an evaluation. Two possible outcomes could have resulted: your child has significant deficits and have been found eligible for an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or your child was found ineligible. As it relates to the latter, being found ineligible for early intervention …

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