Posts in Speech Language Therapy
Signs of Communication Disorders

Better Hearing and Speech Month is a time to make the community aware of those in need of speech-language therapy, which can be life-altering.  There are warning signs that that can signal a potential communication disorder and ways that you can do daily to encourage your child’s communication development. 

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designates May as Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).  Since 1927, BHSM is celebrated to provide parents, educators and the community with information to raise awareness about communication disorders, help identify those in need of life-altering treatment and to explain the role of a speech-language pathologist.   Denver Speech Language Solutions will be doing a multi-part blog series on these topics. This is our first post.

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How to Respond to Articulation Errors

Children working on articulation skills can benefit greatly from feedback from those around them. Feedback from parents, caregivers and others can significantly improve articulation errors and intelligibility. Below are some tips on how to respond to articulation errors. If you’re working with a speech-language pathologist, he/she can help train you on how best to give feedback.

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The Best iPad and iPhone Apps For Speech and Language Skills

It seems like there’s an app for just about everything these days!  There are several iPad and iPhone applications (apps) available that help address speech and language skills that can be used at home or on the go.  Many of these apps are in the format of games so your child won’t even realize they are working on speech and language skills.   Working on these skills at home will help your child’s speech and language development and will help with carry-over of skills being worked on during speech-language therapy.  Below I have compiled a list of my favorite apps to help with speech and language.

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How to Practice Articulation at Home

One of the most common questions I get from parents is how can they help a child’s articulation skills outside of traditional speech-language therapy.  I have compiled a list of tips and tricks that parents can incorporate into your child’s day to help with articulation skills.

 What is Articulation?

Articulation is the ability to physically move the tongue, lips, teeth and jaw to produce sequences of speech sounds, which make up words and sentences.

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Books to Practice Articulation Skills

One of the easiest ways for parents to practice their child’s articulation skills  at home is to read sound loaded storybooks.  As you read to your child, emphasize your child’s targeted sound when it is brought up in the story.  If your child is a reader encourage them to seek out words in the book with their targeted speech sound.  This also gives the opportunity to work on other speech and language skills like listening comprehension and vocabulary.  As you read the story ask questions related to the book and have your child identify the objects in pictures. Below is a list of my favorite sound-loaded books.

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Spring Speech-Language Activities

Happy spring everyone! Spring is my favorite time of year because the weather starts to warm up and the flowers begin to bloom. Spring is an excellent time to foster your child’s speech and language development using these fun season-themed activities.

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Tips for A Successful Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Meeting

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting for your child can be a stressful, emotional, and complex process whether you are new to the IEP process or have attended IEP meetings in previous years. During my 10+ years of experience participating in IEP meetings and the IEP process, I have come up with some helpful tips and best practices to help make sure your child is getting the appropriate services in the school setting.

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Common Acronyms Used in IEP Meetings

Have you been wondering what all those acronyms mean on your child's IEP? Here's a ‘cheat sheet’ to some of the most common abbreviations that come up frequently during IEP meetings and on your child’s IEP.

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8 Basic Components Of An IEP

When your child qualifies for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) it can be an overwhelming and confusing time.  Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), there are specific criteria that an IEP must have.  Below I have broken down each section down to help parents and community members learn more about the components of an IEP.

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What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

During my ten years of experience working in various school districts I have participated in hundreds Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.  Through my experience I have learned that parents often do not know enough about the IEP process.  Additionally, if your child qualifies for an IEP it can be a stressful and confusing time.  In order to help educate parents and the community, Denver Speech Language Solutions will be doing a multi-part blog series on IEPs. This is our first post.

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Benefits of In-Home Speech Language Therapy

Denver Speech Language Solutions is a therapist owned and operated company based in Stapleton that specializes in providing individualized in-home speech-language therapy to children ages 3 through 18. Jennifer Price, owner and lead therapist, spent over a decade working within the public school system and knows the system and its shortcomings from the inside.  After experiencing firsthand the challenges of providing quality speech therapy within the school setting, even in one of the best in Colorado, Jennifer realized the only way to truly provide the therapy needed to consistently move children forward is in the child’s most comfortable and natural setting.  After thinking about the best way to positively impact the community and to address the real speech-language needs of local children, Jennifer decided to open a private practice. That practice, Denver Speech Language Solutions, was built on one simple belief: the best place for children to receive speech-language therapy is in their own home.

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