Speech and Language Development

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What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Date: October 8, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I cant believe it is already October.  Summer went by so quickly and now getting back into the swing of things.  I haven’t blogged in awhile and would like to talk about a disorder that affects more children and even adults then we know.  Its called Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). APD is a disorder that…

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Success with Feeding Therapy

Date: July 21, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I love writing about feeding therapy!!  I find it challenging but so rewarding when a child starts eating certain foods or textures.  When the child makes progress you can see the family feeling more comfortable going out in social situations.  The child is more relaxed and less anxious around new foods.  It changes the family dynamics.  …

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Selective Mutism Treatment

Date: July 9, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I cant believe it is July before we know it will be September:(  In the 14 years of being a speech therapist I have had one case of a child with selective mutism.  Its not a speech disorder that you frequently hear about but it is still a disorder that affects children.  Selective mutism is a…

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Language Structure for Kids with Autism

Date: June 24, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I received an email asking if I would write a series of blogs based on autism and language.  Last week, I talked about kids with little to no verbal skills.  This week I will be talking about kids who have language but do not have complex language structures. First, make a list of your child’s…

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Communicate a Child’s Wants and Needs with a Limited Vocabulary

Date: June 12, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I cannot believe it is June.  Where has time gone?? I have decided with the summer months ahead of us to write my blog in list forms this way it is quick and easy to look at while you are going about your day.  I received an email from a reader who asked for some…

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What is Vocal Cord Abuse?

Date: June 1, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 1

The last week of Better Speech and Hearing month.  What better way to end the month but to raise awareness about vocal abuse.  I have been seeing more and more children with vocal and pre vocal nodules.  What are nodules? They are benign growths on both vocal cords that are caused by vocal abuse. Overtime repeated…

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What is Apraxia? What Therapy will work?

Date: May 23, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 1

I was speaking to a parent about topics she would like to see me talk about in my blogs.  So this blog is dedicated to her. One area of speech and language that you hear many children being diagnosed with is Apraxia.  What is Apraxia? It is a motor speech disorder.  Children have problems saying…

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What does a Speech Language Pathologist do?

Date: May 15, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM).  This is the month where we raise awareness about communication disorders.  I have been distributing pamphlets around the community about the role of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) plays in a child’s life. Through the years many people have asked me what does a SLP do.  I have…

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Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Play

Date: May 1, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I have enjoyed sharing my experiences working with children with Autism and their families. My last blog for this month is geared towards ABA and play. It is a form of teaching that is used with children with Autism. It is a type of therapy that uses a system of rewards and consequences to teach…

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Vaccinations – Is it right for your child

Date: April 22, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I continue to direct my blogs this month towards Autism Awareness month. One area that is very controversial in the Autism community is vaccinations. I would like to state that what I am writing is based on opinion. Vaccinations are a controversial issue and through the years many families have asked me “Do I believe…

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