Help your child talk: Mix up a routine

Your child loves routines because it helps them know what to expect.  Use this love of routines to enhance your child's communication. Set up a routine for play or a daily task.  During the routine, talk about what you and your child are doing.  Practice this routine, then mix it up. When you…


Moo, Baa, La La La By: Sandra Boynton

Moo, Baa, La La La By: Sandra Boynton is fantastic.  In fact, I LOVE this book!  Kids love it, too. It is one of the books that I always take to my first therapy sessions.  Yes, it is simple.  That is what makes it great!  It promotes interaction.  It allows the child to "read" with you by saying…


What are blocked and random practice?

Blocked and random practice are terms used in apraxia therapy.  Here is a quick explanation of these practice types. Blocked practice is repeating the same word again and again.  This is best to establish a new motor pattern. Random practice is saying different words.  This supports retention and…


Help your child talk: Don't anticipate your child's needs

What?  Don't anticipate my child's needs? You are a great parent and do a fantastic job of meeting your child's needs.  That begs the question, "do you anticipate your child's needs too often?"  If you do, you may limit the chances your child has to tell you, in words or gestures, what he needs. If…


Happy Valentine's Day book review

Karen Katz comes through again with another great, holiday themed, lift a flap book:  Where Is Baby's Valentine? As always, these lift a flap books are great for working on questions, answers, locations, and new vocabulary. Why not give your child the gift of time this Valentine's Day? Read this…


Learning Resources-Smart Snacks Hide ‘N Peek Chocolates

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I found a box of truffles that your child will love.  Don’t worry!  They won’t be climbing the walls from all of the sugar.  They will actually be sitting contentedly, playing for hours. Learning Resources-Smart Snacks Hide ‘N Peek Chocolates come with 12 pieces of…


What is a visual cue in articulation therapy?

A visual cue is a form of modeling where the child looks at an example.  The child is expected to look at your mouth to see how the sound is made.  Typically, the child is then expected to imitate the word or sound that you modeled.


Mr. Potato Head

This is a blast from the past for most parents.  Yes, you can still buy Mr. Potato Head.  He also has a wife and kids.  Mr. Potato Head's brother, really likes Star Wars.  Mr. Potato Head dresses up for Halloween and is a super hero.  In his old age, he has become quite the Renaissance man! Mr.…


My child doesn't talk. I wish he could tell me something.

Maybe he already is telling you something. Just not with words. We get our point across in many ways. A quick glance to let a friend know not to say something. A facial expression to communicate disappointment. Pointing to a preferred item when we have laryngitis. Grabbing someone's hand when we…


What is modeling?

Modeling is simply showing a child  what you expect.  Typically in speech therapy, it means saying a target word.