Treating Speech Problems in Children with Autism

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Children on the autism spectrum frequently have speech and language disorders with related attention and sensory processing problems. This combination of factors makes speech development and learning particularly complex. Speech and Sensory Systems Speech is one of the most refined fine-motor functions in the body. Several sensory systems need to work together for speech to […]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month #BHSM

Identify the Signs

This year’s #BHSM theme is “Communication Disorders are Treatable” and the awareness efforts have taken flight all over the web highlighting a new topic each week, including: Newborn hearing screening and follow up Noise-induced hearing loss in children Communication issues related to autism – Language and literacy – coming soon The “Identify the Signs” campaign […]

Speech and Language Therapy for Teens

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According to The Autism Sourcebook written by Karen Siff Exkorn, “Speech and language therapy helps a child to communicate more effectively both verbally and nonverbally, using words and/or body language.” I am grateful that the public school system provided speech and language therapy for my son, JJ, for 15 years. During his early intervention years […]

Language Development: Proactive Parenting from Birth


If you are reading this article, you probably have a child  or work with a child with an “ism” or a challenge.  Yet, when you think about it, everyone has “isms.” I have been a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for over 30 years. I am also a mom and have had two siblings with defined “isms.” […]

Three Key Components of Speech and Language Disorders


Many people think of Speech Therapists as people who work with children who have a hard time making speech sounds, like a kid with a ‘lisp’. Language, however, is much more comprehensive than speech sounds, and Speech and Language Pathologists work with clients who have difficulty in many different areas of language. Speech and Language […]

Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism

Jumpstarting Communication Skills

Although no two children with autism look alike, there are common characteristics that they will possess. Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will demonstrate deficits in their verbal and nonverbal communication and social skills, as well as, have restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests. Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism: A Parents’ Guide […]

Auditory Discrimination – What is that Sound?

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After our sensory and auditory systems are aware of the presence of sound, we recognize the pattern of the sound we hear. This leads to what we often call auditory discrimination. This level of auditory processing involves a combination of the auditory system and the cognitive system. Visit the first article in this series, entitled […]

Create Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors.  They also help to extrapolate information verbal discussion would not decipher. The social context, the behavior, the thought/intent behind the behavior, […]

Don’t You Get It? Living with Auditory Learning Disabilities

Don't You Get It

“Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) affects as many as 5 percent of children. It has been called a “hidden disability” because it is often mistaken for everything from odd behavior and deafness to other disorders such as ADHD or sometimes even autism. It is none of those things. It is a processing problem, considered a learning […]

Eight Year Old Energized by Seattle Seahawks – Derrick Coleman


Duracell’s marketing campaign #TrustYourPower paid off for the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos in the Superbowl.  The Seahawks surely trusted in their power last night! Our family is an interesting mix of Philadelphia Eagle and Green Bay Packer fans. What would have been just an average game for our family turned to a bit […]

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