Loudoun Pediatric Speech Services is a speech-language pathology private practice serving children and their families in Northern Virginia. Services
Loudoun Pediatric Speech Services offers individual speech and language intervention for children as well as guidance and support for their families .
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Pediatricians Say Kids Need Simple Toys, Not iPads And Electronics The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a report saying that simple toys hold the most benefits for children.
Container Baby Syndrome: How Equipment Can Hinder a Child's Development Products like car seats, walkers, jumpers and floor seats can lead to an issue referred to as Container Baby Syndrome due to the inability to activate important muscles. Read why babies should have time outside of these devices.
I am asked this question often. “Should bilingual parents of children with language disorders continue to speak their native language?” The answer is YES.
On the Disadvantages of Parents Ceasing to Speak the Birth Language with Bilingual Language Impaired Children | Smart Speech Therapy Despite significant advances in the fields of education and speech pathology, many harmful myths pertaining to multilingualism continue to persist. One particularly infuriating and patently incorrect recommendation to parents is the advice to stop speaking the birth language with their bilingual chi...
This is a great video demonstrating early vocabulary in sign language! Motorically children are able to sign before they can speak so ASL provides great early language opportunities! https://www.facebook.com/officialplayfull/videos/2054069668248261/
“Females are the orphans of the Autism world.”
Invisible Girls Free Features | April 01, 2018 Invisible GirlsIs autism being overlooked in girls because the signs are much clearer in boys? A growing body of research says yes. Nancy Volkers Author Notes Nancy Volkers is a freelance medical writer based in Vermont. [email protected] Volkers is a freel...
Screen time: too much too young does lead to addiction and aggression.
Too much screen time also robs children of the opportunities to learn to self-regulate.
Please think twice before consoling your toddler with your phone.
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A sensory friendly opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny for all children with special needs on March 11th at Fair Oaks Mall.
Fair Oaks Mall - 3/11 Bunny Cares Individuals within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with the Easter Bunny during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on EventBrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please...
This research coincides with Dr Greenspan’s Floortime Approach I use daily with my clients. Communication is fundamentally socially motivated. When you have the child’s engagement in repetitive turns focused on the same action that’s when the magic happens.
Take the time to talk WITH your kids rather than TO them.
Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language Study finds engaging young children in conversation is more important for brain development than “dumping words” on them.
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Bilingual Skills May Help Children Control Inhibitions Free Research in Brief | February 01, 2018 Bilingual Skills May Help Children Control Inhibitions Author Notes © 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Article Information Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Research in Brief Research in Brief | February 01, 2018 Bilingual S...
Folinic acid improves communication, eases autism symptoms in small study Benefit greatest in kids who have an antibody that might block the vitamin's transport into brain cells; a potential indicator of who will respond to treatment
Five Tips that Helped Improve My Child's Behavior 5) Remain Calm!
Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing women out there, especially the mom's of kids with apraxia!
Early Signs Free Features | April 2016 Early SignsBased on a developing area of research pinpointing traits of autism spectrum disorder in infants and toddlers, new tools and resources are emerging to help practitioners diagnose it earlier. Nancy Volkers Author Notes Nancy Volkers is a freelance medical writ…
Light It Up Blue today on World Autism Awareness Day for everyone with autism at autismspeaks.org/liub!
This is really fascinating and yet another great reason to use pacifiers only to "pacify". Children need time to have their mouths free to play with tongue movements and attempt sounds and words!
Time to Move the Tongue Freely May Be Required to Develop Speech Perception Free Research in Brief | January 2016 Time to Move the Tongue Freely May Be Required to Develop Speech Perception Author Notes © 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Article Information Hearing & Speech Perception / Research in Brief Research in Brief | January 2016 Time to Move…
This is a really nice introduction to Sensory Processing.
Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development Research suggests that some gadgets can make parents less likely to engage in meaningful give-and-take with their children.
This is a great representation of the beauty of ASL. Language in all its forms should be celebrated!
The enchanting music of sign language Artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known…
It’s that time of year again and I know everyone is looking for just the right Christmas gifts! I’d love to share with you some of my favorite toys and games to facilitate cognitive, motor, and language development.
For INFANTS who are sitting independently I recommend musical toys such as a small piano or drum toy. The music is sure to get their attention and activating the keys or buttons teaches them the concept of cause and effect. Don’t be afraid to go back to basics. Rubber blocks or balls may be simple but banging items together is actually an important motor skill (bilateral movement toward midline) that creates important neural pathways for learning. And rolling a ball back in forth sets the foundation for that back and forth exchange of conversation.
For TODDLERS on the go it’s great to reinforce their new walking skills with push/pull toys. You’ll get more mileage out of it (i.e. a few more minutes to yourselves moms!) if it has multiple functions such as sitting, shape sorter, and buttons with music and lights. For the 12-24 month age group I also want you think multiple steps! I love toys that have several functions such as balls going in the top, activating with a button to drop, and a door on the bottom to take the balls out. This lays the ground work for sequencing concepts and more complex pretend play!
For the 2-3 year olds think movement! Consider purchasing a tunnel or miniature trampoline to create obstacle courses. Again this sequencing of motor movements leads to sequencing words into sentences. It also makes them plan and problem solve which is fundamental to those critical thinking skills they’ll need as adults! Dolls and stuffed animals, play kitchens, dollhouses, and doctor sets are all great for facilitating pretend play. Learning to role play and be in character helps children form “theory of mind” skills which basically means they understand that other people have feelings and ideas too.
For PRESCHOOLERS, engage their creativity with playdoh, art projects, and Lego Duplo’s. I love the magnetic sets that let you dress the girl a million different ways and the old school Colorforms you can use over and over. Again these lead to more complex play and help children toward generating stories and character development. Matching games help them learn the concepts of “same” and “different” as well as early turn-taking skills they’ll need on the playground! Also consider a hopscotch rug to practice balance skills while reinforcing numbers!
I hope these ideas have been helpful and that you’ll keep them in mind as you do your holiday shopping. If you’d like any further suggestions please feel free to email at [email protected]!
Loudoun Pediatric Speech Services offers individual speech and language intervention for children as well as guidance and support for their families . Parents can expect a free phone consultation, a thorough evaluation and report, an individual treatment plan, and weekly therapy sessions with detailed home exercises. In an effort to treat the whole child, referrals to related professionals are provided when necessary.
Our clinic specializes in serving children in the following areas of speech and language development:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
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