Entries by Katie Hesch

Tips for Tackling Oral Texture Aversion and Achieving a Peaceful Mealtime

Everyone needs food, so everyone loves eating, right? Wrong! As a parent, you may be all too familiar with sounds and phrases such as ‘Ick’, ‘No, not vegetables!’, and ‘I’m not eating that!’ These phrases may be uttered secondary to behavior issues, or perhaps because your child has an oral texture aversion. There are many […]

Why Vocabulary is Important and How to Build It

Why is lexicon important? Research has indicated that children with larger vocabularies have higher school achievement in general (Smith, 1941, cited in Beck, McKeown, and Kucan, 2002) and higher reading achievement in particular (Anderson and Freebody,1981; Graves, 1986; Stahl, 1998). Additionally, people with larger vocabularies have been shown to have higher IQs (Bell, Lassiter, Matthews, […]

Games That Encourage The Social Use Of Language

As the English poet John Donne once wrote, “No man is an island,” and there is perhaps no place that this is truer than in the midst of an uninhibited child. When it comes to infants, toddlers, and children, social skills may be overlooked in greater anticipation of word production, following directions, and academic success. […]

Communicative Intent in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Have you ever thought to yourself, “How did I know that my infant wanted their bottle?”, “How did I know that my toddler wanted more juice?”, or “How did I know that my school-aged child wanted some water?” The answer is that they demonstrated some form of communicative intent. What is communicative intent? Your infant […]

Understanding Pediatric Voice Disorders

Has your child ever had a strained or hoarse voice? Does your child use a loud voice ALL the time? While a strained or hoarse voice does not always indicate a voice disorder, it may be a sign of phonotraumatic behaviors. Phonotraumatic behaviors can then lead to a voice disorder. Voice disorders do not only […]

7 Activities to Develop Receptive Language

Are you concerned with your child’s receptive language development? Does your child have a receptive language disorder or delay? Receptive language deficits may manifest themselves in difficulty following directions, engaging in conversation, and/or answering questions. Utilize the activities listed below at home to help improve your child’s receptive language. 7 Activities to Improve Receptive Language: […]