Myth: Non-speech exercises improve speech sounds

This is a controversial topic among Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), and it should be, because of the widespread use of non-speech activities intended to improve speech sounds. “Non-speech” exercises are things like blowing bubbles, puffing cheeks, moving the jaw or tongue against resistance, puckering the lips back and forth, etc. But why should we be concerned […]

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What is Verbal Reasoning?

Verbal reasoning is a person’s ability to use language to think more deeply about the world around them. It involves listening or reading, thinking about the words that are heard or read, and acting on them in ways that make sense in that context. This ability is closely tied to how successful we are in […]

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Does “tongue-tie” affect speech development?

Being “tongue-tied” has very little – if any – relationship to speech or expressive language development. Let’s go over some definitions first. “Tongue-tie” is the common lingo for “ankyloglossia,” which is caused by a large-looking “lingual frenulum.”A lingual frenulum is that little bit of skin that looks like it connects the bottom of your tongue to […]

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The thing with technology…

The topic of technology use for children is beginning to be a hot one. It really doesn’t have to be, because we have good knowledge of what is responsible use of technology for children. At this time, the American Pediatric Association recommends against placing children under the age of 2 in front of screens at […]

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Not all terms are equal

Professional reports are loaded with terms that not everyone may know. Most of us make an effort to make reports as readable as possible for parents, but we may get carried away once in a while! Always ask the professional you are working with to explain terms with which you are not familiar . The […]

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Much ado about signs

Because of the article I shared yesterday on our Facebook page, some people have expressed interest in my take on the research on baby signs and my professional opinion on its usefulness. This isn’t the first time this has come up, and it probably won’t be the last. The short version: I take a neutral […]

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The 30 Million Word Gap

One of the most distinctive features that separate us from other species is the complexity of our communication systems. We are verbal creatures; all we do is yack, yack, yack. Whether by speech, sign, or writing, the way we navigate our world and manage our relationships and lives is through language. Is it any wonder, […]

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Will my child improve with therapy?

We can’t predict how much progress a child will make with therapy, and I would be wary of anyone who guarantees improvements. However, most children do improve with therapy, but how fast and how much they improve depends on a few things: The first and most important thing needed is a parent/guardian that recognizes his […]

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