It seems so obvious- if a child is hungry he will eat. For some children with a history of prematurutiy, medical complications, autism spectrum disorders or other development disorders, eating is a skill that does not develop as expected. Read More
The sounds ‘p’, ‘b’, ‘g’, ‘ch’ and ‘sh’ are in that frequency range. If children are missing hearing those sounds or are unable to process those sounds in a typical way, it may be affecting the way they are able to learn language. Read More
This is important information especially if a toddler has delayed language development. When practicing language skills with a toddler who has language difficulties it will be even more crucial to be aware of the noise level in the environment and to limit noise when working on language skills in order to help those children have the best opportunities for language learning. Read More
We work with many children who are pre-verbal. This means they aren't using words yet. As speech-language pathologists we work on how kids use language and how kids understand language. When a child is pre-verbal we are working on ways for them to communicate, but we also work on helping them to understand the world around them and what people are saying to them. Read More
Remember, stuttering behaviors are often cyclical. There can be good days and not so good days. There can even be more fluent weeks and less fluent weeks. Take note of situations that could be causing your child more “big feelings” and try to reduce these to help with fluent speech. Read More
If your child has difficulty speaking, repeats sounds or words or tends to hesitate, your child may have a stuttering problem. However, many children go through periods of stuttering that they eventually outgrow. Read More
Many children are diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia; however they are unable to receive services through their school district through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) because parents are told that these terms are not recognized by the state or school. Read More
· Furry Friend by Plutinosoft. This is a furry little monster that repeats words. He also responds to any vocalizations or words. Great for children who are just beginning to make sounds and use words.
· All the apps by Kindergarten.com are really great for practicing skills at home. They are based in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) intervention and teach great skills like noun recognition, learning sight words and early problem solving.
· Apps from Talk Time Pediatric Speech Academy can be a bit pricey, but they offer quality apps that really focus on key areas such as answering yes/no questions and using verb phrases.
· Super Duper Inc. is a company that has been in the business of supplying speech therapists with therapy materials for almost 30 years. They know speech and they have expanded into occupational therapy. Their apps are specific, inexpensive and reliable.
· Alligator apps offer quite a few free apps working on things like identifying emotions and concepts. They are pretty limited, but can be useful for reinforcing skills that have been already learned.
· Voice Meter Lite by Dragon Fly apps. If you know a kid who struggles with volume, either too soft or too loud, this app is the best! It is free and works like a charm. Love it.
· Giggle Up apps have some great apps. You need to be a bit selective. We really like the jigsaw puzzle apps for reinforcement
· “Cookie Calls” is an app by Sesame Street. It is like having a Face Time call with Cookie Monster. Little ones love it!
· Speech Sound on Cue for iPad teaches initial word sounds with visual and verbal cues. We’ve used this with kids who are stuck trying to get certain sounds. It is also good for kids who have poor eye contact but are drawn to a screen.
· Pea Pod Labs have some nice apps for labeling nouns and verbs.
We are always learning about new apps and new materials to keep kids engaged and learning. Give us a call for more information at 651-636-4155.