Many parents have clear recollections of the day their child first uttered the words, “Mama” or “Dada.” Once those two words come out, a string of words typically follows: “Doggie,” “Up,” “No,” “Yankees” (Unless of course you’re a Red Sox household), and so many more…
But some children don’t begin speaking as quickly as others. And this can cause parents a lot of anxiety. Perhaps their first and second children began talking around 18 months, but child number three has yet to utter a word and is 22 months old.more
Covid 19 has still really made a giant mess of things. Hopefully we are all on the tail end of this horrible pandemic. It has changed the way we do many things. This also happens to be the case with the way we provide speech therapy.
Traditional speech therapy ( in the private setting) consisted of having the child, with the therapist, in a private room, while their goals were targeted ( articulation difficulties, language impairments, fluency disorders, problems eating and drinking, etc…). The parent would usually come into the room at the the end of the session; the therapist would go over the highlights, assign homework, and the parent and child would leave and go on their merry way.more
Happy New Year Everyone!
Now that the new year is upon us, let us hope that better things are in store for everyone!
Today’s post is about an app that has shown great potential to be used when working with children and adults who are non-verbal.more
We are back with our second installment of iPad apps that can be used to increase communication skills :)!
Today’s featured app is Proloquo2go – I am sure many of you have heard of it 🙂more
Our previous posts have discussed feeding milestones and how to best help your little ones advance through the feeding skills and food repertoire necessary for them to eat a healthy, age appropriate balanced diet. However, despite following all the right steps and introducing developmentally appropriate foods at the right time, your little one may still struggle to meet these essential milestones.more
Here at Speech Therapy For All P.C., we loooovvveeee to use apps during therapy ( both through teletherapy and face to face appointments). We get asked many times what apps can help children increase their language skills, so we figured we would feature a different app in the upcoming weeks on our blog page 🙂more
Is your baby ready to eat table foods?
If your baby has progressed through the stages and skills outlined in our previous posts then they are ready to transition to table foods. During this transition certain table foods may be selected to introduce sooner than others, or some modifications may need to be made in order to make tolerating table foods a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your baby.more
Covid 19 has really made a giant mess of things. It has changed the way we do many things. This also happens to be the case with the way we provide speech therapy.
Traditional speech therapy ( in the private setting) consisted of having the child, with the therapist, in a private room, while their goals were targeted ( articulation difficulties, language impairments, fluency disorders, problems eating and drinking,etc…). The parent would usually come into the room at the the end of the session; the therapist would go over the highlights, assign homework, and the parent and child would leave and go on their merry way.more
What is PROMPT therapy?
PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a therapy type that has grown in popularity as an effective therapy treatment for motor planning disorders, such as CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech). If your Speech Language Pathologist, is trained in this specialized treatment technique, they may suggest this therapy type to support your child’s speech production.more
Hopefully your baby is now an adventurous and happy eater of pureed foods and is ready to take the exciting next step towards table foods! If you and your baby are still working on acclimating to infant cereals, pureed fruits, vegetables, and proteins – feel free to check out our previous posts for some handy tips and guidelines for success.more
By 6 months of age if your baby has met the feeding and nutritional goals outlined in the previous post, you can start the important and exciting next step in your feeding journey – expansion and exposure!
Between 6 and 8 months of age, you and your baby will continue to practice and eventually master the skill of spoon feeding (post on cup drinking coming soon!). You should first thin out the puree with breast-milk or formula before gradually cutting back on the amount of liquid as your baby gets used to thicker purees. Once your baby is tolerating thick purees you can start to boil and mash the foods instead of pureeing. This may be a noticeable change for your baby as this advanced texture can bring lumps and bumps – a whole new sensory experience! Remember that babies making faces and grimaces doesn’t mean they don’t like it. Keep exposing, encouraging and praising your little one as they embark on this new texture adventure.more
The transition to table foods should occur around your baby’s first birthday, but to meet that milestone you should start that process with them as early as 4 months of age! Keep in mind, this is a lengthy process with many developmental feeding milestones that need to be acquired over this 8-month transition. If your baby is transitioning slowly, or if you’ve started the process late, be sure to give your baby the extra time they need to practice their newly learned feeding skills and become effective, adventurous eaters.
Up to age 1, your baby may still rely on breast milk or formula for calories and nutrition. Spoon feedings should start with small amounts at first for exposure, exploration and skill building. Then, transition to baby foods, finger foods and table foods to allow for your baby to wean off breast or bottle feeding. Eventually, progress by increasing the intake by volume with the food groups below.more
Reservations about teletherapy for your little one?
I often get the question about whether teletherapy in lieu of hands on direct therapy is effective. While they are both different approaches, and some may have a strong preference over one type or the other, teletherapy is an effective service delivery model and there are so many reasons it can be a wonderful way to kick start your child’s speech.more
“My son isn’t talking.” My daughter wont eat certain foods” “My son screams in frustration when he cant let me know what he wants”.
These are some of the many statements we hear from parents when they are telling us about their children. Many times parents are just frustrated and not sure what they can do. .more
You may have heard the term “sensory” being used to describe children who do not enjoy the feeling of tags on their clothing, or walking barefoot in sand or wet grass – but how could that possibly affect a child’s eating?more
“I don’t want that!” “Ewww, that is gross! “I just want to eat my food!
Many children these days are constantly testing parents as to what they will and will not eat. Many parents may find themselves making two to three dinners a night just so their children “do not starve”. In many cases, the children may be picky, or just prefer their own food ( imagine as an adult getting to eat ice cream and cookies for dinner every night).more
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