Do You Hear What I Hear? Using Minimal Pairs in Speech Therapy

If you are an SLP then you know how to work with minimal pairs (words that differ by only one sound), so here is a quick refer, and for parents, here it goes! Using minimal pairs is an effective and quick way to help your child break their speech habit of substituting a sound for…

Your Child Receives a Diagnosis: Do You Tell Them? And How?

Coming across this image, I knew immediately that this blog post was incredibly necessary to share with families and other therapists. After completing an evaluation, I make it a practice to discuss my impressions with the parent(s) immediately so they can go home with the power of information, some questions answered, and terms to Google….

One – Twooooo – Two and a half… When Counting Doesn’t Work

We’ve all done it. Counted. We have all experienced parenting fail when counting. Why doesn’t counting work? When we count, we teach children they get more chances to follow directions or comply.  Does your boss or spouse give you that many chances? Counting may work initially, but children quickly learn that they get two, two…

How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Day

As parents we are excited to hear about our children’s school day, but what if they don’t want to share or aren’t quite sure how to express what went on while they were away from home? Below are some tips to get the conversation going. Discussing daily events is a key developmental skill in order…

Tough Transitions…Help your child SEE what comes next

I cannot count the number of times parents are seeking advice because their child doesn’t want to come inside or leave the playground resulting in a monstrous fit.  Let’s face it, transitions are hard for everyone.  Transition difficulty happens as all ages, an older child may negotiate while a younger child may try to escape…

Evolution of Sensory Play… at least for me.

Where did it all begin? As a child, I remember making mud pies, feeling the feel of cold grass on my feet, exploring the rock bed for the smoothest rock. I also remember my Mom saying “you have sensory deprivation”. I think she was referring to the fact that I didn’t like to be touched…