Preparing Babies & Toddlers for Speech

As a parent, you may be wondering if there are things you can do to help your infant or toddler with their speech development. You might be surprised to hear this, but you’re probably already doing a lot to help your child. In this blog, we’ll talk about some simple ways you can help your…

Thanksgiving Communication Tips

Let’s be honest, even children who do not have Autism spectrum disorder can benefit from social skills lessons. Thanksgiving is a time when you get together with a lot of people that you may not see frequently. Many of the people may be elderly too. Kids are expected to get dressed up, be on their…

Should I Use Baby Sign Language With My Child?

Yes! Using baby sign language is a great way to help young children communicate their wants and needs before they are able to say them verbally. This often eliminates frustration because they are able to communicate with you through some modality. Most 9-month-old babies can make simple signs to communicate basic needs. You can start…

The Best Toys Are the Toys That Do Nothing

The Best Toys Are the Toys That Do Nothing: Choose Open-Ended Toys   A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) compared traditional toys to electronic toys. The report concludes that traditional toys result in better child-caregiver interactions. These interactions provide multiple communication-learning opportunities.   Children learn by doing. Open-ended toys do not have batteries…

Singing Encourages Speech Development

Music brings language to life. Music can help your child communicate and can make language learning fun. Music can also help by soothing, calming, distracting, and by changing the mood. Music has a place throughout your child’s day, from a happy song you sing in the car, to songs you sing during play, to the…