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W-Sitting

Encouraging your child to assume more developmentally appropriate positions during play I see W-sitting everywhere – in my daughter’s play group, at the park and even on TV commercials. As a PT I often get questions from parents asking, “Is … Continue reading

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Bottom Scooting

Bottom scooting – or shuffling – is a way that many children use when first learning how to explore their environment. Even though it is effective, this position can exacerbate muscle weakness and asymmetry, and therefore a means of mobility … Continue reading

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SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Principles

Does your child choke or gag during meals? Does he/she have difficulty eating any of the foods in a texture group or a nutrition group? The SOS Approach to Feeding is a developmental feeding therapy that allows a child to … Continue reading

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Brain Development 101

What is going on in my child’s brain? Can you believe that scholars and researchers used to believe that babies were born with no mind as if they were blank slates? Many parents back then were perplexed by such conclusion, … Continue reading

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Tummy Time

If you watch a typically-developing seven- or eight-month-old child for an hour, you will see them move and assume a wide range of positions. There is an amazing amount of variety in their movement. Variety is important – we want … Continue reading

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Feeding Development 101

Feeding development is a complex topic that can be confusing for many parents to navigate. With hundreds of information sources out there, it becomes difficult to understand your child’s feeding development and the strategies you can use to help raise … Continue reading

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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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