Nonverbal and AAC, When, Why, and How

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Nonverbal and AAC, When, Why, and How | Filed in: Communication.






Many parents and professionals are concerned about using augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC) with young children because they are worried that the child will not talk if given the alternate form to use. Research is showing the opposite is true; using sign, pictures, or written words can help the child to become verbal. • Read More »

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Articulation Problems and Concerns

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Articulation Problems and Concerns | Filed in: Articulation.






There are different reasons a child may have articulation problems.  My own daughter, at age 3 years old, would calmly state, I want to doe in de taw for I want to go in the car..  Her twin sister could pronounce refrigerator and microwave perfectly.  We blamed the problem on ear infections, but we were never • Read More »

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Quick Artic Strategies

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Quick Artic Strategies | Filed in: Articulation.






Many children mispronounce words for different reasons. Reasons can include apraxia (motor sequencing problems), phonological processing problems (confusing and misusing the characteristics of speech sounds), dysarthria (muscle weakness), or lisps (misplacement of the tongue). The causes for articulation problems vary. Some problems can be neurological, some physical, and some are just developmental. Some children will • Read More »

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Reading Aloud

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Reading Aloud | Filed in: Early Literacy, Language.






Children’s literature and picture books can be a wonderful model of rich expressive language and should be included in any language program. The language in books provides a model of syntax for children with syntactical problems, children who speak nonstandard dialects, and for children who speak English as a second language. Books can also introduce new • Read More »

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