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Early Intervention Evaluations PART IV:Assessing Social Pragmatic Abilities of Children Under 3

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To date, I have written 3 posts on speech and language assessments of children under 3 years of age. My first post offered suggestions on what information to include in general speech-language assessments for this age group, my second post specifically discussed assessments of toddlers with suspected motor speech disorders and my third post described what information I tend to include […]

Early Intervention Evaluations PART III: Assessing Children Under 2 Years of Age

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In this post, I am continuing my series of articles on speech and language assessments of children under 3 years of age. My first installment in this series offered suggestions regarding what information to include in general speech-language assessments for this age group, while my second post specifically discussed assessments of toddlers with suspected motor speech […]

Early Intervention Evaluations PART I: Assessing 2.5 year olds

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Today, I’d  like to talk about speech and language assessments of children under three years of age.  Namely, the quality of these assessments.   Let me be frank,  I  am not happy with what I am seeing.  Often times,  when I receive a speech-language report on a child under three years of age,  I am […]

Creating A Learning Rich Environment for Language Delayed Preschoolers

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Today I’m excited to introduce a new product: “Creating A Learning Rich Environment for Language Delayed Preschoolers“.  —This 40 page presentation provides suggestions to parents regarding how to facilitate further language development in language delayed/impaired preschoolers at home in conjunction with existing outpatient, school, or private practice based speech language services. It details implementation strategies as well as […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Learning To Read is Ball

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Today I have the pleasure of reviewing once again  another book written by a NJ based, fellow SLP, Kimberly Scanlon of Scanlon Speech Therapy LLC entitled “Learning to read is the ball”. I have previously reviewed another book by Kimberly entitled “My Toddler Talks“, which discusses parental strategies to facilitate language abilities in toddlers. In “Learning to Read is […]

App Review and Giveaway: Sounds at Home

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Today I am reviewing a brand new app by the Virtual Speech Center: Sounds at Home.  Designed to target phonemic awareness skills in young children 2-6 years of age, the app targets the following range of skills: (more…)

Guest Post: Improving Verbal Imitation with Animal Face Posters

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Today’s guest post on how to improve verbal imitation abilities of young children with language delay comes from Rachel Arntson, M.S., CCC-SLP of the  Talk It Rock It  Blog. When you have a young child who does not imitate or does not understand the process of taking turns, what do we do to facilitate this skill? How […]

Guest Post: Eliciting Language from the “SHUT-DOWN” kid

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Today’s guest post on how to elicit language from children with “shut-down” tendencies secondary to significant expressive language delay comes from Rachel Arntson, M.S., CCC-SLP of the  Talk It Rock It  Blog. Have you ever worked with a child who would shut down the minute she thought you wanted her to say something? I find this […]

Tips Corner: Creating Opportunities for Spontaneous and Functional Communication

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In today’s guest post,  Natalie Romanchukevich advises readers on how to create opportunities to expand children’s spontaneous communication skills. Helping young children build speech- language skills is an exciting job that both caregivers and educators try to do every second of the day.  We spend so much time giving our children directions to follow, asking them a […]

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Social Emotional Difficulties in Language Impaired Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Today I am exited to tell you about the new product I created in honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month.  It is a 45 slide presentation created for speech language pathologists to explain the connection between late language development and the risk of social emotional disturbances in young children 18 months- 6 years of age. Learning Objectives: —Explain […]

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