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The Importance of Autism Acceptance Month

The Importance of Autism Acceptance Month

While April used to be considered autism awareness month, there has been a recent shift to focus on autism acceptance month in order to promote not only knowledge of autism, but also a neurodiversity-affirming mindset.

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Phonological Awareness, Literacy, and Speech Therapy

Phonological Awareness, Literacy, and Speech Therapy

Have you ever thought about how many times a day you read something? Whether it is reading a menu, reading an exit sign, or reading the instructions on the back of a box, reading is incorporated into almost every one of our daily activities. The same is true for...

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Understanding Social Communication

Understanding Social Communication

One aspect of speech language therapy that not everyone may be familiar with is the social use of language, also known as pragmatics. Beyond knowing vocabulary, grammar, etc., an important part of language is knowing how to use it socially. According to ASHA.org,...

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Why Does My Child Just Play In Speech Therapy?

Why Does My Child Just Play In Speech Therapy?

Did you know that speech therapy doesn’t always need to include sitting at a table or using flashcards to be effective? In fact, play-based therapy is actually more beneficial for many children! Benefits of play-based therapy Play-based therapy is beneficial for many,...

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Building Speech and Language Into Christmas Activities

Building Speech and Language Into Christmas Activities

Christmas is a magical time of year, especially for little ones who are experiencing everything for the first or second time in their lives! It can also be a busy time for parents and guardians, and time-consuming speech or language activities may take a back burner...

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An SLP’s Perspective: Baby Sign

An SLP’s Perspective: Baby Sign

What is baby sign? Baby sign is the use of American Sign Language signs with infants. Why should I teach my infant/toddler to sign? Children are able to communicate with their hands to sign faster than they are able to use their lips to speak. This is because...

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Debunking Common Myths of AAC

Debunking Common Myths of AAC

One approach frequently recommended by speech-language pathologists is the use of an AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) device. Although they are becoming more commonly recommended, many parents, caregivers, and teachers have questions about how the use...

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The Benefits of Parentese on Language Development

The Benefits of Parentese on Language Development

We’ve noticed some confusion between the terms “baby talk” and “parentese”, also known as “motherese”, in the clinic. We thought it may be beneficial to clarify these terms and talk about the benefits of parentese on your child’s language acquisition.  Baby talk...

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Pediatric Hearing Loss

Pediatric Hearing Loss

What is it? Pediatric hearing loss is a loss of hearing that occurs either prior to birth (congenital) or develops later (acquired).  Hearing loss can result from genetics, exposure to certain drugs (ototoxic), exposure to an illness such as rubella or herpes, or...

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