A Dozen Tips for Supporting Early Speech Development In Children with Severe Childhood Apraxia of Speech

By: Margaret A. Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP Young children with suspected childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and children with very severe CAS present unique challenges to speech-language pathologists. When children begin to develop some volitional control over the production of syllables, the speech-language pathologist can help to shape increasingly complex speech movement sequences and support the […]

Advice From the OT, Part 6: Identifying and Helping Students with Sensory Integration Issues

by Loren Shlaes, OTR/L What is Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy assists people who for various reasons cannot meet their responsibilities and are not functioning at their highest potential. A child who is not succeeding in school and can’t meet the grownup’s expectations falls into this category. Sensory integration based occupational therapy can be very […]

Why Do Kids with Autism Do That?

Author: Lynn Vigo, MSW, LICSW When my kids were young, my son Justin was quite curious about the many odd mannerisms his sister with autism demonstrated. We welcomed his questions as well as those from his curious neighborhood friends who we were determined to include in our friendly and oh-so-unconventional home. I did my parental […]

Responding to Difficult Behaviors with a Different Approach to Time Out

By Connie All children want to be good and please their caretakers. Young children don’t PLAN to misbehave or fall apart. When a child has an emotional meltdown it signals they are having trouble controlling their emotions, especially when the demands of the environment exceed their current ability to cope. Handling emotional outbursts may seem […]

Stuttering and the Bilingual Child

By: Rosalee Shenker, PhD Montreal Fluency Centre According to the recent United States Census, one in seven, or 31.8 million, people in the United States speak a language other than English in the home. It is unknown how many people who stutter are bilingual, but it is safe to estimate that at least a half […]

Classroom Practices That Accelerate Language Acquisition for ESL Students

Coming from an era in which English Language Learners (ELLs) were mainstreamed into regular education with the assumption they will linguistically “sink or swim,” researcher Stephen Krashen wrote why this theoretical practice was ineffective. He refuted the “sink or swim” ideology in his Comprehensible Input Hypothesis described in his book, Foreign Language Education the Easy […]