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Accent Articles

Listen to my interview on WSPD

Listen to my interview with Fred Lefevre on 1370 WSPD Listen here

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Thanks for a Great Summer!

Accent reduction training is unfortunately not something that is offered at my University as a part of my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, however I chose to seek out a summer clinical internship position to find out what this part of the field was all about. I did not know what to expect, but I [&hellip

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How to spell the K sound

The K sound is typically spelled with a K: kind, taking, break or with a C:  ca, become, basic. It can also be spelled: CC:  impeccable CK:  check QU (KW):  quick

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How to spell the P sound

The P sound is spelled one of two ways: P:  person, open, cheap PP:  happy

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Webinar Handouts

Click the links next to the class title to download handouts. Sign up links are here. How to Say the L Sound:   L Webinar 7_14 Top 10 ESL Vowel Mistakes:   Top 10 vowel mistakes 7_14     &nbsp

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How to spell the T sound

The T sound can be spelled many ways.  However, it is typically spelled with a T:  talk, jets, at. It can also be spelled: TT:  cattle ED:  tapped TH:  Thomas BT:  debt TW:  two

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Child Services Articles

Research: How arbitrary is language? English words structured to help kids learn

Summary: Words in the English language are structured to help children learn, according to research. Words like “woof” accurately represent the sound of a dog while sounds with similar meanings may have a similar structure, such as the “sl” sound at the beginning of a word often has negative properties as in “slime, slur, slum, [&hellip

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Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs? By Karen Katz

In this book, baby needs to find the Easter eggs. Your child needs to help!

Karen Katz brings us another great book for the Easter season: “Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs?” The repetitive lines of the story are great for teaching sentence structure, questions, yes and no responses, and spring vocabulary.

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Lift a flap books by Karen Katz

I came across these short, fun, colorful, lift a flap books by accident.  They have quickly become some of my favorites.  The children (ages 2-5) that I work with love them too.  They are charming for children and adults.  As most parents know, children enjoy hearing the same story again and again.  Reading these books for the [&hellip

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Leave preferred items in sight but out of reach

A great way to encourge requests is to tempt a child.  Children must have a reason to communicate.  If a child is not talking much, often times, caregivers tend to meet their needs.  Then a vicious cycle occurs.  You meet the needs.  The child takes the items.  The child never has to communicate.  Try one of [&hellip

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Talking: expectations at three years

At three years, your child’s language is becoming more complex.  Sentence length is getting longer (about 3 words).  Grammar is really taking off.  You will hear: plurals (girls) past tense verbs (kicked) prepositions (in, on, under) pronouns (I, you, me) Your child will still make a lot of mistakes.  Especially with grammar.  Rules will be [&hellip

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Talking: expectations at two years

Communication seems to explode between age one and two.  Remember, just 12 months ago, your child said his first word.  Now, he is combining 2 words into phrases.  He will use some adjectives(describing words…red, big), action words (go, done) and pronouns (me, my).  You might hear these phrases: big truck Mommy go my book all done Speech [&hellip

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