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As a speech-language pathologist, I am very accustomed to measuring how a child understands language. What I have realized, however, is that hearing information and listening to information are two separate and completely different things.
What about our own hearing and listening skills towards the parent? Can we tune into what they are ...
There are many test tools on the market to use with young children. I think it is important to understand the information that each of these tools can yield and that testing should contain a play component, a parental report component, and a standardized testing component whenever possible. There are parent questionnaires and tools that rely ...
“Are you kidding?” I chuckled to myself at the thought of the title of this blog entry.
In grad school, I actually thought that you evaluated a toddler's speech and language skills by breaking out a standardized testing tool and you administered the test and that was that. Well, that sounds fabulous, but let me tell you all of the things that ...
It is common for parents to indicate they are concerned about their toddler’s speech sounds at age two. Although most of the time these concerns are typical and age appropriate, there are times when further evaluation or consideration for speech therapy is necessary.
We have all heard baby-talk, or children who use phonological processes. ...
I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the
baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of
this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a
new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops—she never takes a
Why, on top of all of that, ...
I think all of us in some way have a style to our therapy that prefers
one or the other. I have made it my own challenge to be able to do both: the
reason being that there should not just be one type of approach for all
I feel like some kids thrive and respond better when they feel like
they can lead the play in a session. Other ...
Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and challenges, such as supervising a graduate student, re-entering the homecare setting while also ...
Now we all have our New Year resolutions. Some people want
to lose weight, others hope to get better organized and many desire to spend
more time with their families and friends. Everyone has areas of their lives
that could use some restoring and most have the instinctual need to simply
become more balanced.
For the past two years, I ...
Every 6 months or so, I like to recap and review popular
posts and the topics that seem to be most important to our readers. In
addition, I carefully comb through recent reader comments to make sure that
questions are being addressed and people are able to get the answers they are
seeking. Today's post will do just that, so please join me in ...
Despite events like Hurricane Irene pummeling the East Coast,
I really love the end of August - this time of the year has always been one of
my favorites. The weather in the northeast part of the country begins to change,
becoming more unpredictable. The sky turns temperamental and a cool breeze will
begin to cut through the summer heat. At ...