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 […]

The Power of Creative Play with ASD Children

Children with Autism have many challenges with socialization and communication. They find it extremely difficult to relate to others; especially to their peers. Instead of playing with toys in imaginative ways (such as pretending a doll is really “my baby”) they may use toys for self-stimulation, perseverate on objects, and become entirely self-absorbed. For typical […]

Impulsive Tots at Risk for Gambling Problems Later: Study

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) — Preschoolers who are impulsive, restless, moody and inattentive are twice as likely as other kids to have a gambling problem in adulthood, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Missouri, Duke University and University College London said their findings are important considering “the ever-increasing number of […]

What Does Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Have to do With MY Therapy?

by: Kerry Peterson, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA Speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists often work together when treating children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays. As a speech therapist treating young children age birth to six, I often worked with an occupational or physical therapist in a co-treatment model. We were able to […]

Reversal Of Fragile X Syndrome In Mouse Model

A recent study finds that a new compound reverses many of the major symptoms associated with Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of inherited intellectual disability and a leading cause of autism. The paper, published by Cell Press in the April 12 issue of the journal Neuron, describes the exciting observation that the […]

Obese moms more likely to have an autistic child- Diabetes, high blood pressure boost neurodevelopmental risk

By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News Women who are obese during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have a child with autism than healthy-weight mothers, according to the latest research into the sobering risks of obesity during pregnancy. A study of more than 1,000 children and their mothers published in the journal Pediatrics provides evidence that […]

New Data on Autism Spectrum Disorders

CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern. More children than ever before are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Like the many families living with ASDs, CDC considers ASDs an […]

A Growing Niche in Corporate America

By: Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, Lynda Katz Wilner & Lorna D. Sikorski Many speech-language pathologists in the United States are discovering a niche market that’s been around for more than 40 years but is growing: assisting highly educated non-native English speakers with their English communication skills, including accent modification. This market takes SLPs out of their traditional […]

Reducing Bathroom Battles When Potty Training Your ASD Child

By: Connie Potty training a normal, healthy child can propel any parent into a state of anxiety, overwhelm and exhaustion. Now let’s consider what potty training is like for a parent when their child is on the Autism spectrum? A child with Autism may have sensory issues that get in the way or they may […]

25 Words Every 2-yr.-old Should Know

By: HEIDI EVANS Turns out chatty toddlers who say “all gone” and “bye-bye” aren’t just cute — they’re showing off their essential language skills. Researchers have identified 25 “must have” words that every child should be saying when they turn 2. Kids who haven’t mastered them might not just be late talkers — they could […]