What is oral motor development? Oral motor development refers to the use and function of the jaw, tongue, lips and the hard and soft palates. The movement and coordination of these structures is very important in speech production, safe swallowing, and consuming various food textures. How your child works on oral motor skills in Speech… Continue reading Oral Motor Skills
What is APD? Children with APD have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, following directions, and discriminating between speech sounds. In school, children with APD may have difficulty with spelling, reading, and understanding information presented verbally in the classroom. A multidisciplinary team approach is critical to fully assess and understand the cluster of problems exhibited… Continue reading Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
What you can do this summer to encourage your child's school readiness skills Summertime is a great opportunity to focus on encouraging your child's development and helping them prepare for the upcoming school year! Although each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, most educators and developmental experts agree upon a… Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness Skills
Addressing Social Skills in Therapy Social skills is the term that refers to a child’s ability to interact with other people. Many different skills fall under the umbrella of social skills, including understanding social rules, using correct body language, using appropriate language, and using empathy to understand the world from someone else’s point of view.… Continue reading Social Skills & Play
Autism Awareness Month Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is a developmental disability characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Statistics identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the month of April with unique fundraising and awareness-raising… Continue reading Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Winter is winding down and spring is in the air! Spring represents a time of new growth and here at Speech 4 Kids there is nothing more important to us than making sure our kids are growing and striving towards their goals! We invite you to reach out to us at any time to review… Continue reading Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
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