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How to Encourage Your Child to Practice Their Speech and Language Skills at Home

Are you having trouble motivating your child to practice their speech and language skills at home? Your child’s speech therapist is likely assigning tasks to practice at home throughout the week to reinforce the skills they’re learning in therapy. Home practice can make a huge difference in their progress and usually means faster improvement. Speech therapy isn’t an easy fix...

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What to Expect on Your First Day at ABC Pediatric Therapy!

Evaluation Step 1: At your first appointment at ABC Pediatric Therapy, you will first meet your therapist in the waiting room.  The therapist will bring you back into a small room or an area in the gym to begin your evaluation. Your evaluation will begin with your therapist asking you a few questions about your child such as his/her medical...

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Torticollis – What Is It And How Can I Help My Child?

What is torticollis?   You may have noticed that your baby may prefer to look towards one side, they have difficulty turning their head towards one side, they may keep their head tipped towards a side or maybe they have a flat spot on the back or side of the head. If so, they may have something called torticollis or...

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ABC Pediatric Therapy Cutting Paper using Fine Motor Skills

Building Skills For Kindergarten

Intellectual skills: Provide your child with fun learning games and toys.  Reading to them, pointing out things on the pages and asking questions are great ways to build language and increase interest and creativity. Motivation to learn: Encourage your child to do their best, follow the class rules and show a genuine interest in what they are doing in school. ...

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Fostering Skills For Preschool

Help your child be comfortable separating from mom and dad:  Expose your child to other people early on and consistently.  Have grandparents, good friends, babysitters/daycare providers watch your child even for a short time of the day.  It’s healthy for babies/toddlers to go through some separation anxiety as this tells you that they recognize mom and dad.  However, the exposure...

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Childhood Speech Disorders and Disability Benefits

If your child has a speech disorder, he or she might be able to qualify for financial aid. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits to people of all ages who are unable to work, or in your child’s case, participate in typical childhood activities due to a disability. Speech disorders alone will not qualify, but depending on the...

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Why is Asking and Answering Questions Important?

Answering and asking questions is an important part of learning. We ask questions in order to learn more information about something, and we answer questions to provide more information. Asking and answering questions is not only a part of how we learn, but it is also a part of our social skills; we ask and answer questions to be polite...

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Why Get Help Now For Speech and Language Concerns?

Speech Skills involve our ability to communicate our wants and needs to others.  In order to communicate, we need to say the correct words, with the correct sounds, as well as understand what others are saying to us.  Our speech skills are very closely related to our feeding skills because the same muscles are used for both.  These skills develop...

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Tips To Help Your Child With Back To School Transitions

Back to school can be a challenging time for some children.  It can also be a challenging time for some parents too. Here are some tips that might help both you and your child return to the classroom stress free. Tips for the parent: Children pick up on your cues.  Be sure you talk to yourself first and find the...

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8 Tips to Improve Handwriting for Children

  Here are some great tips to help improve your child’s handwriting: 1. Use a finger to space out your words if you are having difficulty with word spacing. 2. Participate in hand strengthening activities to increase hand strength and endurance.  Some ideas of hand strengthening activities include: using theraputty and finding small objects hidden in it; or squeezing open a...

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