Entries by Katie Secrest

Phonological Process Disorder vs. Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A phonological process disorder and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) are two speech disorders that affect your child’s intelligibility and in some cases, can present similarly. However, characteristics of these two are different. Phonological Process Disorder: A phonological process is a predicted and patterned speech sound error.  Speech sounds developmentally progress in your child’s speech. […]

Developmental Milestones | Concepts

Children’s first words are generally composed of nouns: the people and things in their lives.  Children start to understand and use verbs more frequently as their vocabularies build.  They then begin to use modifiers and adjectives.  Concepts are among these early modifiers and adjectives.  Children acquire these concepts at different stages in their development.  Read […]

Build Your Child’s Vocabulary Through Salient Features

Labeling an item and expecting your child to remember the word is not as easy as 1, 2, 3.  In order to map new words into your child’s lexicon (i.e., his/her word dictionary), particularly if he or she has a language disorder, teaching salient features is essential for word understanding, use, and retrieval.  The following are […]

Helping Your Child with Word Finding Difficulties

We’ve all had that feeling where our word or thought is on “the tip of the tongue.”  However, when this is recurring and interrupts communication with your child, then it becomes a problem.  Word finding difficulties (also called “word retrieval difficulties”) are not a vocabulary disorder.  Your child understands the definition of the word(s) and has used […]

Making School Day Routines Easier with a Schedule

With school in session, it is important to solidify those morning, after school, and nighttime routines.  Using schedules provides predictability, encourages independence, and aids in transitions with your child. Here are some quick tips to help make morning and nighttime routines easier with a schedule: Types of Schedules: A schedule can be created for any routine, […]

5 Ways To Make Meal Time Easier With Your Child

Sit as a family: When juggling work, sports, and multiple schedules, it can be difficult to get food on the table, let alone sit down as a family.  Sitting as a family offers many benefits including conversation time, modeling good eating habits, and introducing new or non-preferred foods. Encourage your child to talk about their […]

Speech Sound Development Milestones

Below are some guidelines about your child’s speech sound development. It is important to keep in mind that all children develop differently. Speech Intelligibility: Intelligibility is the percentage your child is understood by both familiar (i.e., people your child interacts with daily or weekly) and unfamiliar listeners (i.e., people your child meets for the first time […]

Teaching Children To Follow Directions

Here are some easy tips to help your child follow directions:  Simplify instructions: Use short, simple phrases, with episodes of repetition when necessary. When possible, break down multi-step instructions into distinct component parts. Say “sit down, put shoes on” rather than “Go to the table, sit down, and put your shoes on.” Be specific “please […]