Teaching your child to make the /sh/ sound

by Cari on January 11, 2013

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If your child has difficulty correctly saying the /sh/ sound, then try some of these speech therapy strategies.  Remind your child that /sh/ is the sleeping baby sound.  Most kids who have difficulty making this sound confuse it with the /s, /t/ or /d/ sounds.  So, a child might say “soos,” “toos,” or “doos” …

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What is Apraxia?

by Cari on January 2, 2013

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As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I often hear people use the term “apraxia” to describe a child who is a late talker.  Many professionals are over-diagnosing and mis-diagnosing this disorder so I want to share some information about what apraxia is and what it isn’t.  There are three types of apraxia including limb …

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2 Highly Recommended Toys for 1 Year Olds

by Cari on November 20, 2012

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I love toys.  Good toys.  The problem is most toys you buy at Target or Wal-Mart are battery operated, button-pushing, cause and effect toys that truly have very little play value.  So, this is the perfect time of year for me to start sharing some of my favorite toys.  As a pediatric speech-language pathologist working […]

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Play…it’s all about the relationship

by Cari on November 20, 2012

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With the holidays right around the corner, parents are busy looking for the best deals on electronics and toys for their kids.  Most adults tend to believe that young children benefit most from high-tech educational toys.  However, young children learn best through play and we do not need to force-feed academics to toddlers and preschoolers, […]

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Being an Intentional Play Partner: Part 5

by Cari on October 31, 2012

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Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a pediatric therapist, there are so many strategies we can implement to make the most out of playtime.  I have talked about how to “Play with a Purpose, Talk with a Purpose, Read with a Purpose, & Sing with a Purpose” and in this final segment I […]

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Being an Intentional Play Partner: Part 4

by Cari on October 22, 2012

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So far in this series I have talked about how to:  Play with a Purpose, Talk with a Purpose, & Read with a Purpose.  Now I want to discuss how to Sing with a Purpose.  Now, for those of you who know me, you know I CAN’T sing!  One of the greatest joys of working […]

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Being an Intentional Play Partner: Part 3

by Cari on October 16, 2012

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Part 1 of this series discussed how to “Play with a Purpose” and part 2 discussed how to “Talk with a Purpose.”  In this blog I am going to discuss how to “Read with a Purpose.”  I have always said that parents are a child’s first and most important toy, but I believe books are […]

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Being an Intentional Play Partner: Part 2

by Cari on October 14, 2012

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In the first post of this series I talked about how to Play with a Purpose.  As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist I want to share some strategies on how to Talk with a Purpose.  Whether your child is having difficulty learning to talk or not, these strategies will facilitate the development of speech and …

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Being an Intentional Play Partner: Part 1

by Cari on October 12, 2012

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The way we play with young children is done intentionally to enhance the parent-child bond and to facilitate development.  One way we can become good play partners is to PLAY WITH A PURPOSE.  Here are some easy strategies to help you become an intentional play partner… Tune in to …

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I travel around the country speaking to early intervention specialists and therapists about play and one of the most common issues I come across is this – Parents who have a young child receiving therapy services often complain that “My therapist is really nice, but all she does is play with my child.  I …

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