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The Trick to the Battle of Wills

As a speech therapist, I’ve found that I can connect with some children right away. These children want to please me and work really hard – maybe we even make some progress in that first session! These sessions make me feel like

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A Remarkable Breakthrough for Ava: Speaking Without Talking

For most people, the ability to talk is taken for granted. Unless you have struggled with speech yourself or have a family member who has struggled with it, you don’t necessarily understand the hardship involved. When a person can’t communicate in a

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Getting to Know Someone With Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome? It’s easy to do a google search to find the definition of Down syndrome and read medical terms and other hard-to-understand lingo. You might already know that people with Down Syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21, you

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Whose Morning Out Was It, Anyway?

Every year, we host a “Parents’ Morning Out” here at Kid’s Creek. The event is typically held during the Christmas season, and we do it for several reasons. We know it’s hard to get anything done around the holidays when you have

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VIDEO: How to Encourage Language with Games You Have at Home

Recently, I shared how you can turn almost any game you have at home into a language game, often without your child even realizing what you’re doing! The example I provided used the game “Pop the Pig” and I thought it would

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Encouraging Language With Games: Pop the Pig Edition

Often, parents ask me about the best games to develop language. I have my favorites, of course, but the truth is most any game can be turned into a language game – the best part about using games you already have at home is that

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How-To: Social Stories and Halloween

New situations can cause anxiety for some children, causing them to behave inappropriately. Many parents have asked me for help because their child wouldn’t stay buckled in the car, would behave appropriately in a store, or struggled at a birthday party. One of

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Why Isn’t My Child Talking?

Why isn’t my child talking? I get asked this question a lot as a speech therapist. Sometimes the answer is easy and sometimes the answer is complex. Some children have language delays which impede their ability to talk, but other

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Speech Delay: Some Kids Just Need a Little PROMPT

I used to be a little jealous of physical and occupational therapists. If you can’t get a patient to move her arm, you can move it for her. If you can’t get a patient to hold a pencil correctly, you can move her fingers

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Special Needs and Behavior: When the Consequences Aren’t Working

It’s a fact of life: kids will test you to see how much they can get away with. It’s natural for them to test limits; every kid does it. As a parent, therapist, teacher, or loved one, you have to set firm

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