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Better Hearing and Speech Month

Your child most likely had a newborn hearing screening following birth. However, some hearing losses can begin months or years after birth. Stay tuned into how your child attends to sounds, starting at birth. Your child should begin responding to … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy: What is AAC!?!

Your speech-language pathologist/speech therapist may recommend that your child could benefit from AAC, but what is AAC? Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a term used to encompass all forms of communication, other than oral speech, to express thoughts, needs, wants, … Continue reading

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Autism and Communication

Children with autism or with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) typically display difficulties in the areas of communication, social, and behavior. In regard to communication, a child may present with significantly delayed receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language skills. A child with … Continue reading

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Ten Toys to Enhance Speech and Language Skills

Since the holidays are just around the corner, there is no better time to purchase some gifts that help stimulate your child’s speech and language skills. I have created a list of my favorite toys as well as suggestions on … Continue reading

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My Child Won’t Eat!

MY CHILD WONT EAT!  Some tips/techniques to help! No parent imagines that feeding their child is going to be a difficult task.  I look back at my own childhood and thought about how much I loved to eat at a … Continue reading

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Loving All of Me and My Extra Chromosome: Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

With a background in early childhood special education, I have spent so much time studying about disabilities and diagnoses. However, the most invaluable lessons that allow me to effectively support caregivers and their children with developmental differences always come from … Continue reading

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Tax Breaks for Families of Children with Special Needs

Tax season is here! As a parent of a child or children with special needs, you face additional weekly expenses to assist your child in meeting their educational, gross motor and social goals. If you or someone you know cares … Continue reading

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Edible Finger Paint

Supplies: Yogurt Food Coloring Plastic bowls Spoons Paper Painting…and making…edible finger paint is a great activity for toddlers! Measuring, mixing and painting gives them the opportunity to practice early math and science skills, while experiencing the sensory input of paint … Continue reading

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No Screen Time for my Child! Perhaps?

By: Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center Author: Nat Vikisreth DT, Ed. M, CEIM Here is one parenting dilemma: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended parents avoid any screen time for children younger than two years old; however, you … Continue reading

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Developmentally-Appropriate Toys

A young child’s mission is primarily adjusting to their new world outside of their mothers’ wombs and understanding the new environment around them. They explore the environment through play. Isn’t that the most fun way to learn? You might notice … Continue reading

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