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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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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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How to Use Visual Schedules to Modify Behaviors

Guest blogger Mandi Schaumburg of Panda Speech In my profession, it is well known that using visual schedules with students on the Autism Spectrum is beneficial and I have seen them work wonders with my students! Did you know that visual session schedules can benefit almost ANY young student though? I use visual session schedules …

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Everyday Games to Improve Your Child’s Learning

Family game night can be an opportunity for you to help your child fine tune a specific area of learning or even develop functional skills. As we all know, childrens\’ brains are like sponges and are ready to absorb whatever they come in contact with. Let\’s make those opportunities fun and also meaningful. Not to …

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10 Repetitive Children’s Storybooks You Should Own

All books are excellent tools for encouraging language development. Predictable and repetitive children’s books are great for children with language disorders and those who have childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) or other speech-sound disorders. The repetitive nature of these books reduces the “cognitive load,” allowing the child to focus on comprehension (language) and production (articulation) …

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10 Tips for Reading with Your Child

  The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. -National Commission on Reading, 1985 Reading with your child is a brain building activity and should undoubtedly become routine in your child\’s life. At just a few months …

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Language & Literacy| If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Book Description The famous little mouse from the children’s classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back in another irresistible tale full of holiday antics. This time, if you take him to the movies, he\’ll ask you for some popcorn. If you give him the popcorn, he\’ll want to string it all together. Then …

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