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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.