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To sippy-cup, or not to sippy-cup?

From early on after my son’s birth last summer, we received a variety of gifts, including sippy cups. A blue one with cute dogs on it, even a sippy cup made to look like a baby’s version of a Starbucks coffee cup with the words ‘Baby Ducks’ printed on it. ‘Cute’, I thought. But something […]

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Comics can be an effective learning tool!

Comics are a very popular literary medium for all ages, and have a deep history in pop culture. From Charlie Brown to Batman, comics offer a wide variety of storytelling styles that can cater to any reader’s taste. They can be silly or serious, light-hearted or dark, funny or sad. Whatever the content or the […]

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Back to school after a head injury

For any family, back to school time can be both an exciting and stressful experience. Families do their best to prepare for the year ahead. They also do their best to adjust to unexpected demands when they need to. For families caring for a child with a brain injury, there are a multitude of factors […]

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The SLP’s role in stroke care

Many of us know someone who has had a stroke or have heard the word “stroke” being talked about. But, did you know that a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) plays a big role in helping people recover from a stroke? Let’s review what a SLP does to know how they can help persons who have suffered […]

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Tips and tricks for reading to small children

Books can be powerful interactive tools to help promote language and literacy development in infants and toddlers. Although we wouldn’t expect small children to truly “read” (that is, decode) text until they are in their kindergarten years, there are milestones for early literacy that children attain in order to prepare them for the “learning to […]

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Any interaction is an opportunity to teach language!

Sometimes, parents think that therapists just have all the best toys in their offices, and that’s how they get their children to talk. Nope! For small children, any interaction is a language learning opportunity! There is always something to talk about from morning to night. In the morning, talk about being awake and the sun coming […]

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Keep it simple, but correct!

So we know with a pretty high degree of certainty that the amount of talking done with children during their infancy and toddlerhood has a great effect on their language development, but what about HOW we talk to them? Does the way we talk to them make a difference, as well? Yes, it does. We […]

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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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