Entries by Jaclyn Schneider

Tipper vs. Dipper: How to Produce /S/ and /Z/ Speech Sounds

“Speech” can be thought of as verbal communication. It is the set of sounds that we make (using our voice and our articulators) that comprise syllables, words, and sentences. Speech alone carries no meaning, it is merely sound. Most speech sounds are mastered by 8-9 years old, with different sounds emerging at different ages. /s/ […]

5 Fun Ways to Build Your Child’s Vocabulary During the Holidays

During the holidays, children are off of school, families are spending time together, the weather is changing, and everyone is eating delicious food! Parents can use this time off as the perfect time to do vocabulary building activities. 5 Fun Vocabulary Building Activities: Make Lists: Creating a list of items can help increase your child’s […]

Tips for Improving Your Child’s Social Skills

Why don’t they just get it? When it comes to appropriate social interactions, it can be surprising when a child does not innately posses the tools and skills to foster successful conversations and peer relationships. This should not be alarming, as social skills can be acquired like any other skill; we all go to school […]

Terrific Toys for Speech and Language Development

Below is our list of the top 10 toys for promoting speech and language development in preschoolers. Parents can help their preschoolers through play by describing and labeling items (e.g., “the brown horse”), modeling (e.g., “my turn”), expanding utterances (e.g., “oh, you want MORE blocks?”), and asking questions during play (e.g., “do you want the […]

4 Back-to-School Resolutions to Promote Speech and Language Skills

With a new school year starting, now is the perfect time to promote and encourage your child’s speech and language skills! Here are some helpful tips in order to set your child up for the greatest success this school year. 4 Back-to-School Speech and Language Resolutions: Easy Voice: Avoid using a harsh voice, yelling, and […]

The Therapeutic Benefits of Music

Music can be an important part of children’s therapeutic activities! While some children will participate in Music Therapy, conducted by a trained Music Therapist, other children will experience music in their speech-language or occupational therapy sessions. Some families will find that music therapy is not often covered by insurance; however, music in therapy may be. […]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! Many children may have difficulties with one or more aspect of speech and/or language, and according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), early detection and intervention can often be the most effective. Below are some helpful tips parents can use to promote speech and language skills at home: […]

Common Misconceptions about Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Many children who have an incredibly difficult time using spoken language will often learn to use other systems to augment their communication abilities. These other systems may include “high-tech” or speech-generating devices. They may also use “low-tech”, such as Picture Exchange Communication Systems, or PECS, in which a child gives his/her communicative partner a picture […]