Should I get my child’s tongue tie clipped?

I’m a speech and language pathologist, and a mom of 3.  When my youngest son Miles wasn’t meeting speech milestones, we started to explore contributing factors. It turns out he had a tongue tie and a lip tie! This topic hits close to home as a mom AND a speech therapist, and I want to share my experiences with you.…

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Great Signs to Teach Your Baby

Two of the most useful baby signs to use and teach at mealtimes. Baby sign is a wonderful way to help your pre-verbal baby or toddler communicate. You can see my 14-month-old in the pictures requesting more and telling me he is all done during a meal time. I love to teach these two signs…

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Feeding Disorders

Feeding and swallowing disorders can lead to health, learning, and social problems. Feeding disorders include problems with sucking, eating from a spoon, chewing, or drinking from a cup. Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia (dis-FAY-juh) are difficulties with moving food or liquid from the mouth, throat, or esophagus to the stomach. Feeding and swallowing disorders are often related…

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Thanksgiving Tips

Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving with or without children can be a struggle. Thanksgiving is a time when you get together with a lot of people that you may not see frequently, and you may not truly enjoy all their company. We are expected to get dressed up, eat “Thanksgiving foods,” be on our best behavior…

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Tips and Tricks for Trick-or-Treating

Every year, most children and adults joyfully anticipate Halloween and trick-or-treating. Choosing a costume, getting dressed up, and showing off your sense of humor and creativity is fun no matter how old you are. This annual event, however, can be nerve-racking for some. Parents may be stressed about whether their child will be able to say,…

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What is Toe Walking ?

What is Toe Walking and is it bad for you? Walking on the toes or the balls of the feet, also known as toe walking, is fairly common in children who are just beginning to walk. Most children outgrow it, but sometimes it can result from certain conditions, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and autism…

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What is body Awareness?

Body awareness is the internal understanding of where the body is in space. It is highly influenced by proprioceptive processing, the sensory information one receives from the movement and force of muscles and joint groups. Body awareness helps one orient his or her body to their surrounding environment and helps them navigate through that environment.…

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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…

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Talking Tip: Exaggerate How Your Mouth Moves

“ooo-ahh” “wawa” “mama” “ball” “woof”  – Your mouth moves differently to say all of these sounds and words. Start paying attention to the way your mouth moves to make certain sounds. Then, try working on words with your little one, during play or daily routines, while exaggerating how your mouth moves to make the sounds…

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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…

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Reading Strategies To Use With Babies

1. Read Slowly Children learn more from books when they are read slowly.  It will sound very weird to you to read so slowly, but trust me: it will help!  You can also add longer pauses at the end of each sentence.   2. Point While Naming Pictures Talk about pictures. Point to them as…

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