Early Development · 22. February 2022
Hey Parents and Caregivers! Did you know that YOU are your child’s best teacher and best advocate? You may or may not realize it, but your child has been learning from you since they were in the womb. Did you know that babies can hear the environmental sounds and their mother’s speech patterns before they are even born? It’s true! And when they are born, babies respond to their mother’s native language more than to a foreign language!
Early Development · 15. February 2022
Using the Magic of Daily Routines for Language Development
If you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language development, know that you are your child’s best teacher. In the first few years of life, your child will learn more from you than anyone else. Using daily routines to develop your child's speech is an effective approach in helping your child learn.
Language · 02. February 2022
My Child Started Using AAC…Now What?
So your speech language pathologist (SLP) has introduced the idea of your child using “AAC” to communicate…now what? Whether it was tiny pictures of cookies and bubbles, a board with colorful words on it, or a program on your iPad, your therapist wants to try AAC with your child. Your mind was most likely filled with dozens of questions to ask your speech therapist.. What is AAC? Has my child’s speech therapist given up on the possibility of verbal speech?
Orofacial Myology · 22. June 2021
nasal breathing
We all know that breathing is essential for human beings to survive. But did you know that there is an optimal way to breathe and that it can impact facial and postural development, feeding and speaking skills, and sleep quality? This optimal pattern of breathing is called nasal breathing and should be present from birth onward. As infants develop, breathing plays a critical role in mouth, feeding, and speech development. Optimally, developing infants should breathe through their nose with...
Feeding · 02. April 2021
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...
Language · 16. March 2021
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...
Early Development · 23. February 2021
language development when pregnant
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!
Language · 15. February 2021
making choices in speech therapy
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?"
Language · 25. November 2020
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?
Language · 13. November 2020
teletherapy Maryland virtual speech
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:

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