Speech & Language

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems.
A language disorder is impaired comprehension and/or use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems.
Central auditory processing disorders are deficits in the information processing of audible signals not attributed to impaired peripheral hearing sensitivity or intellectual impairment.

Develop Language with PECS & Sign Language

At 15 months, Christie Ann's youngest son was not speaking and early intervention services were initiated. Christie Ann had begun researching sign language for babies, however, implementation was a bit of a challenge, as...

Co-Treating Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapists = Success

In celebrating Better Speech and Hearing month, I want to give a shout out to all the Speech Language Pathologist’s (SLP) out there who help our children with so many different speech, language and...
Gagging and Sound Irritation

6 Tips to Help with Gagging and Sound Irritation

Does your child cover their ears and yell when they hear someone chewing food? Do they react to the sound of coughing and sneezing? Does your child gag when they watch people eat?  Are they able...
teach your child to say a sound correctly

Teach Your Child to Say a Sound Correctly

Does your child have trouble saying certain sounds? Have you tried correcting your child but he still says it wrong? Many children have trouble saying certain sounds when they're little, but as the age, they should...
Auditory Memory

Auditory Processing: Memory, Organization and Integration

In a seven part series, I covered the multiple components involved with an Auditory Processing Disorder. I opened the discussion by describing the multi-system approach and moved into the sensory component to auditory processing,...
Auditory Distraction

Is it Auditory Attention or Auditory Distractibility?

For those who have been following this series on the multi-system approach to Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), you have learned that APD is indeed a multifaceted disorder. I discussed Auditory Awareness - an ism...
Charlie Brown Teacher

Auditory Extraction – Getting the Key Message

I opened this series with an overview discussion about the Multi-System approach to Auditory Processing Disorders.  According to this system-integrated model developed by this professional, the six main systems involved in auditory processing are: 1....
That's Life Social Language

Speech and Language Therapy for Teens

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...
sound therapy

Sound Therapy Can Support Social Language

Presenting isms (challenges) with pragmatics of language (the subtleties of language that support clearer understanding), social skills, understanding the complexities of communication, as well as general awareness of the world around them are all...

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...