Communication Matters

What Books Should I Choose to Read to My Toddler?

Akilah Porter, Marketing Coordinator | Posted on June 06, 2019

Toddlers want to feel included and competent; choose books that your child can follow along with, especially those with repetitive text so he or she can fill in words. Maintain your toddler's interest by choosing books with small amounts of text on the page and books about topics that you know are of interest.

For younger toddlers (12 to 24 months) you'll want sturdy board books with pictures (especially photos) of kids doing the things they do every day. Books about bedtime, baths, or mealtime are all good choices; so are books about saying hello or good-bye. Keep active hands busy with lift-the-flap pages and textures to feel.

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Tags: Speech, reading, Voice, toddler, talking

How Can I Help My Child Become a Good Reader?

Akilah Porter | Posted on May 05, 2019

Learning to read can be challenging for children. Fortunately, research is now available that suggests how to give each child a good start in reading. When parents help their children learn to read, they help open the door to a new world.

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Tags: Speech, reading, literacy, Learning, toddler

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Sharon Dundee | Posted on April 04, 2019

Did you know…

  • An estimated 40 million Americans experience speech, language, and/or hearing disorders.
  • The second most common reason for special education services in public schools is speech/language impairment.
  • 36 million American adults report so
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Tags: Speech, Hearing Aid, Audiology, Language, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing, reading, literacy, Hearing Loss Prevention, Teens, Support, Caregiving, Hearing Loss, Stuttering, Learning, Voice, toddler, talking, Autism

Extra Help at Home for Your Child with Speech-Language Issues

Children who have been identified with speech-language impairments have likely established nonstandard patterns of speaking or have deficits that will require extra attention and training to improve. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) working with you and your child should serve as a "coach" to provide you with activities or homework to reinforce newly established skills and to strengthen emerging skills. One or two sessions a week is not enough, and your involvement in carryover activities is crucial to your child's communication development. Talk with your SLP about activities and games you can use at home to help. 

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Tags: Speech, reading, literacy, Teens, Support, Learning, Voice, toddler, talking

Why Should I Read to My Toddler?

Sharon Dundee | Posted on January 01, 2019

Reading aloud is an important way to help your child make the transition from infancy into their toddler years. Between the ages of 1 and 3, your child will have triumphs and challenges. Studies show that children with an active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers - and reading is one of the best ways to expose your child to language.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, reading, literacy, Learning, toddler

Pre-Literacy Skills for Preschoolers

Megan Ahlman, M.A. CCC-SLP | Posted on August 08, 2018

Children ages 3-5 are considered to be preschool-age. During this time, it is important to lay a strong foundation of language and literacy skills. Early exposure to a variety of language concepts and literacy themes can prepare your child for success in preschool and ensure they have adequate time to master skills that will help them to thrive in kindergarten.

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Tags: Speech, Communication, reading, literacy, Learning

How the Wilson Reading System Can Help Your Child

Barbara Choudhury, SLP | Posted on March 03, 2018

The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a multi-sensory, research-based reading and writing program. It is a complete curriculum for teaching decoding (sounding out words) and encoding (spelling), beginning with phoneme segmentation. WRS directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling. Unlike other programs that overwhelm the student with rules, the language system of English is presented in a systematic and cumulative manner so that it is manageable. It provides an organized, sequential system with extensive controlled text to help teachers implement a multi-sensory structured language program.

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Tags: reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Learning

Read Across America Day - March 2

Sharon Dundee | Posted on March 03, 2018

The National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Learning

Prevent "Summer Slide" in Reading Skills

Barbara Choudhury, SLP | Posted on February 02, 2018

Summer vacation isn’t all fun and games (even if it should be).  Research shows that summer can take a toll on a student’s knowledge and skills-from mathematics to reading development.  Summer learning loss (“summer slide”) contributes substantially to the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students.  Luckily many types of summer programs can help keep a child's mind engaged over the summer.

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Tags: reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Reading Summer Camp

Signs and symptoms of a language-learning disability

Michelle Foye, MA CCC-SLP | Posted on February 02, 2018

If your child has difficulty with any of the listed signs and symptoms, a language learning evaluation conducted by a speech-language pathologist SLP) is recommended.

  • Reads slowly and painfully
  • Shows wide disparity between listening comprehension and reading comprehension of some text; that is, they understand if someone tells them
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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, reading, literacy, Learning

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