Many of us eat everyday without thinking about it, but it isn’t that easy for some of our kids. Successful feeding requires the coordination of 26 muscles and six major nerves to move food safely and efficiently around the mouth, down the throat, and into the digestive system (feeding matters.org). In other words, there are a lot of places where this complex process can break down. To make matters more complicated for our kids, food allergies, sensory processing challenges, and negative...
I have found the single most important thing for progress in therapy, and perhaps in life in general, is genuine connection. What I didn’t realize was that genuine connection was possible virtually. People ask me all the time how I do what I do…”how are the kids coping?” “How do they do with the online format?” “How are you able to connect with them?” And the truth is, the answer to those questions are...the kids are resilient. My connection with children I was already working...
Reading to your infant or toddler is important for so many reasons, but did you know that how you read to your child matters? Interactive reading, or shared book reading, is not just fun for parents and children, it can foster development of early speech, language, and literacy skills. Interactive reading involves so much more than just reading the words in a book - take a look at the strategies below for some ideas!
As a speech-language pathologist, I find myself giving choices...A LOT. "Do you want to play with the farm OR trains today?" "Do you want to jump OR do you want to lie down?" "Do you want the purple car OR the red car?"
This post comes to you from a dear Kid Connections family who practice “Thankful Thursday” every week around their dinner table. I caught wind of this gratitude practice and have been incorporating it into my sessions ever since. The thing about gratitude is that it's an abstract concept. First of all, how do we define it? And most importantly, how do we teach it to our kids?
Since March 2020, most therapists around the country started providing services virtually. For many families, this was a temporary solution during a time when social distancing was necessary. However, we have learned that teletherapy can be more than just a flexible fix, and instead a way of consistent and meaningful access to quality services, for our kiddos. Here's why:
Everyone knows that food is the way to someone's heart, but did you know it can also lead the way to better speech and language skills? Valentine's Day is coming up, so let food be a part of your love language!
It's September, and we all know what that means...back to school. With the change of the season also comes new teachers, new classes, a new routine, and opportunities for building new friendships. For children with communication challenges, this also means new obstacles and all the feelings that come along with unfamiliar "new-ness". To help your child start on the right track, here are our top 3 strategies for building relationships and developing positive social skills in and out of school.