The Significance of Pre-Verbal Skills

By Emily Watkins, MCD, CCC-SLP Pre-Verbal skills are the foundation to a child’s language. Without mastery of most, if not all, of these prerequisite skills, children can learn how to talk but eventually you will begin to see gaps or leaks in th

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Teaming Up to Correct Tongue Tie

By Robyn Merkel-Walsh Bobby, age 34 months, was brought to my office for a history of feeding issues. At birth he could not latch on to the bottle, and had to be spoon-fed formula, because his suck was too weak. His pediatrician recognized that he w

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S FINE MOTOR SKILLS WITH SIMPLE MATERIALS (that you probably have in your home)

What is a FINE MOTOR SKILL?? - holding a pencil, coloring - cutting with scissors - manipulating play-doh - getting dressed (including zippers, buttons, belts, snaps) - using utensils to self-fed - pushing items together (like Legos)

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APRIL IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH!!

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller was so right in so many ways, but she hit the nail on the head here. I believe that collaboration is key for a child’s success throughout their entire lifetime especially when

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Three Structures in a Child’s Mouth That Can Cause Picky Eating

Babies, toddlers, and older children can develop feeding difficulties—ranging from general picky eating to severe feeding disorders—for a variety of reasons. As a speech-language pathologist who specializes in feeding challenges in children, I

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THE LANGUAGE HOUSE

Many parents want to know the question, “When will my child talk?” And I wish I could give them an exact month, date or time that it will happen, but there are so many factors that affect the outcome that it would not be fair to assume when that

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Night Time is for Talking

Daily routines are a great way to give your child extra opportunities for language development. These routines include bath time, meal time, outdoor play, etc. Whatever the “routine” is, it is done very consistently right about the same time each d

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WHY ARE "TYMPS" SO IMPORTANT?

In the first few years of life, hearing is essential in children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. Hearing allows us to make sense of the environment around us. There is so much emphasis placed on hearing and young children as it should

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Explaining Language Skill Development to Parents Using a House-Building Analogy

Parents often ask me when their child will start talking. That’s a tough question to address. I’m not a believer in predicting the future or giving false hope by any means. I also don’t want to be negative and dampen parents’ dreams for their c

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* WELCOME *

Welcome to the blog!! I am thrilled you found us!! Here you will find many great resources from articles/references to activities to do at home to exciting news about the clinic!! I hope this is a positive place of fun ideas and helpful information!

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