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How Early can “Dyslexia” be Diagnosed in Children?

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In recent years there has been a substantial rise in awareness pertaining to reading disorders in young school-aged children. Consequently, more and more parents and professionals are asking questions regarding how early can “dyslexia” be diagnosed in children. In order to adequately answer this question it is important to understand the trajectory of development of literacy […]

Friend or Friendly: What Does Age Have To Do with It?

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In my social pragmatic language groups I target a wide variety of social communication goals for children with varying levels and degrees of impairment with a focus on improving their social pragmatic language competence.  In the past I have written blog posts on a variety of social  pragmatic language therapy topics, including strategies for improving […]

Improving Emotional Intelligence of Children with Social Communication Disorders

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Our ability to recognize our own and other people’s emotions, distinguish between and correctly identify different feelings, as well as use that information to guide our thinking and behavior is called Emotional Intelligence (EI) (Salovey, et al, 2008). EI encompasses dual areas of: emotion understanding, which is an awareness and comprehension of one’s and others emotions (Harris, 2008) and emotion regulation, which […]

Teaching “Insight” to students with language, social communication, and executive functions impairments

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One common difficulty our “higher functioning” (refers to subjective notion of ‘perceived’ functioning in school setting only) language impaired students with social communication and executive function difficulties present with – is lack of insight into own strengths and weaknesses. Yet insight is a very important skill, which most typically developing students exhibit without consciously thinking […]

Normal Simultaneous Bilingual Language Development and Milestones Acquisition

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Today I am excited to introduce another product aimed at explaining one of the aspects of typical bilingual language development. This 26 page introductory material describes simultaneous (from infancy) bilingual language development. It is part of several comprehensive bilingual assessment materials found HERE as a part of a “Multicultural Assessment and Treatment Bundle”  AND  HERE as an individual product entitled “Language […]

New Giveaway: Overview of Standardized Assessments for Preschool and School Aged Children

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When my FB page hits 600 Likes I’ll be giving away the handouts to my presentation: “Overview of Standardized Assessments for Preschool and School Aged Children.” The handouts contain the following information: Review of the Renfrew Bus Story Review of The Strong Narrative Assessment  Review of the  Test of Narrative Language (TNL) Review of the   Narrative Assessment Protocol […]

ASHA Community Spotlight

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I just got an email that I’ll be profiled on ASHA Community Page for the next month or so. So click on the link to find out why I participate in ASHA’s Professional Community. Here are some ways in which I participate: I contribute to forum discussions including those which pertain to Special Interest Groups […]

Rutgers 31 Annual Let’s Talk Adoption Conference

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Co-presenting 2 sessions at the Rutgers 31 Annual Let’s Talk Adoption Conference on November 3, 2012. Rutgers 31 Annual Let’s Talk Adoption Conference 1:45-2:45pm 24. “Inattentiveness and Hyperactivity in Adopted and Foster Care Children;; Not All ADHD is Bouncing Off the Walls” [AF, ED, FP, HC, MP, PA, SW-­2] Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the most common behavioral problems […]

The Value of Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Follow -up among International Adoption Professionals: A Speech Pathologist’s Perspective

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As a speech language pathologist who works with internationally adopted children, I often encounter difficult cases on which I require multidisciplinary collaboration from other professionals such as pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other related specialists. However, over the years of working with this unique population, I have noted that among adoption professionals and adoptive […]

Upcoming Presentations: Narrative Assessments of Preschool and School Aged Children

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On October 24th 2012, I will be presenting at the Morris County Speech Hearing Association in Whippany, NJ on the importance of Narrative Assessments of Preschool and School Aged Children.  See MCSHA’s August 2012 Newsletter regarding registration details. Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to •Explain the impact of narrative difficulties on language development and academic performance •Discuss stages of narrative […]

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