Early Intervention

play skills

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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4 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. It is not uncommon for …

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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 delays 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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behavior management

3 Super Nanny Episodes to Help Parents Improve Behavior Management

When might solid behavior management skills be necessary? When a child has poor language skills. You might often find they demonstrate many unwanted behaviors, which are their form of communication.  What should also be considered is the possibility that a child’s behavior is also based on the response they expect or have already experienced. For …

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speech delays

Why the Wait & See Approach Outdated for Determining Developmental Delays

Guest blogger Shannon Briggs (student SLP) of SLP Corner It is not uncommon to hear people suggest that you can just “wait and see” if your child is experiencing delays in areas such as speech or language. However, recent research by Singleton (2018) asserts that the “wait and see” approach for children’s speech and language …

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language development in toddlers

3 Household Items to Encourage Language Development in Toddlers

As speech-language pathologists, we undergo at least 6 years of training in evaluating and treating communication and feeding disorders across the lifespan (newborn to geriatric). Often, we learn techniques to treat disorders and delays using fancy tools with evidence-based research. One experience many therapists can attest to in graduate school is being tasked with using …

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screen time delays

Screen Time Affects Your Child’s 5 Areas of Development

Screen time can be a lifesaver when you have tasks to complete and need something to occupy your child’s attention. Screens can also be detrimental to your child’s overall development when not used in moderation or with parental interaction. It is a double edged sword.  Developmental Domains From birth, outside influences are shaping your child\’s …

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