Speech and Language Development

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Speak the Language of a Autistic Child

Date: April 11, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

This month I will direct all my blogs in honor of Autism Awareness month.  Through the years, I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful families who I have been challenged with children with Autism. Presently, I am working with a young child with Autism who is nonverbal.  This can be a struggle because…

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Playing with Your Food Will Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Date: April 3, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: inspiration, Speech and Language Development 0

Last weekend I went to a great feeding conference called The SOS Approach to Feeding. It was given by Dr. Toomey, Dr Ross and Bethany Kortsha. I cannot praise this conference enough.  For any speech, physical or occupational therapists attending it is a must.  I learned so much about the principles of feeding and the differences…

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Understanding Communication Delays

Date: March 27, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I have been a speech therapist for almost 14 years and in my career have seen people who have rolled their eyes when they have seen an autistic child having a meltdown in the mall or a child screaming in a restaurant because they have aversions to new foods or overhearing a person say “hey what’s wrong with…

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Speech Therapy With Siblings

Date: March 19, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

This week’s blog is on a topic that many parents and speech therapists encounter on a daily basis which is working with siblings.  For many therapists when you work with a child usually there is a sibling or siblings within the family.  Children do not understand that their brother or sister are doing work they are…

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Divided Kid Plates – Feeding Therapy

Date: March 7, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

This week’s blog will continue with feeding therapy. Many families have kids with feeding problems. There are many kids who are just picky eaters without feeding problems but who’s parents can be frustrated. One thing that I love when I begin feeding therapy is a divided kids plate. Most plates have 3-4 separate sections for…

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Is the Food Safe? Feeding Therapy Tips for Parents

Date: February 27, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

This week’s blog is one area that is near and dear to my heart which is, feeding therapy. About 5 years ago, I was given a feeding case from my job. I started to research about feeding therapy and even took a few conferences. I started to look forward to seeing this child each week…

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Using Music and Song to Develop Speech

Date: February 18, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

The other night was my son’s mother/son dance.  As we were dancing the kids started cheering because the song The Fox by Ylvis was blasting from the DJ booth.  For many of you parents you have heard your children sing this song numerous times through out the day.  Its a very popular song among preschoolers and elementary school kids….

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Use Flap Books for Language Development

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

This week’s blog will focus on the ages of 0-4.  I have found that young children love flap books.  There is so much you can do with them.  You can lift the flip and say the name for the child and see if they imitate you back or you can say peek-a-boo several times as you…

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Improve Language Development By Blowing Bubbles

Date: January 28, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

Today I would like to continue talking about play because I feel that it is such as important part of children’s speech and language development.  The one tool that is essential for children is bubbles. I’m sure people are saying bubbles; they make a mess and spill easy and can’t do much with them.  You…

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PLAY with your Children

Date: November 15, 2013 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

Happy New Year to everyone!! I am looking forward to posting a blog with helpful resources for parents. I want to start the year with a topic that is so important to children’s speech and language development. It is PLAY!!! We live in a world that is based around technology which is great, but play…

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