Screen Time

Oct 19

Screen Time

As a parent of a young child, you are probably racked with guilt  because you gave your toddler your phone/tablet  to play with while you went to the bathroom alone. The previous guidelines of the  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised NO SCREENTIME for children under the  age of 2 years of age and one hour for children age 2 – 5 years.   These...

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Dear Maya: Life lessons from an AAC advocate

Sep 16

Dear Maya: Life lessons from an AAC advocate

Dear Maya Did you know that you are famous? Famous means that you are well known by a lot of people. I know about you through your mom, who writes about you on her blog “Uncommon Sense“ and the amazing way you are communicating with your talker “Mini.” I also see comments from people all over the world. So, if you don’t already have the...

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Why memory matters

Aug 17

Why memory matters

A recent post by  Smart Speech Therapy highlighted  a number of issues about the importance of  working memory and the ramifications of difficulty in this area.   I have written on auditory memory before, but I thought that this area deserved another mention since there is now an additional factor that can impact on auditory memory. Namely, technology.  ...

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School Readiness; What does it mean?

Aug 13

School Readiness; What does it mean?

I frequently get calls from parents requesting intervention for children with no obvious difficulties but rather they want their children to be “more prepared” when they enter their formal schooling. I also get referrals from teachers who are concerned about children and need to cover their ass (CYA).  Consequently we are caught in a conundrum of too much, too...

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Is my child stuttering?

Jul 01

Is my child stuttering?

It is often frightening for parents when they hear their child stumbling over their words and they often think that their child is stuttering. Many people become non-fluent when they are tired, excited or nervous, or perhaps do not have the knowledge to express what they need to.   The same applies to young children who are still learning new vocabulary,...

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Just Joking: Language and humor

May 04

Just Joking: Language and humor

The development of humor is dependent on cognitive and language development. Humor is important for children because being able to tell jokes and laugh with others helps them interact and make friends.   The ability to use humor is also dependent on the understanding of social cues and a safe environment in order to express the humor. Children with language...

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