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Navigating the Speech & Language World



To help determine if your child has a speech or language delay, you can look at the developmental norms for speech and language development. 

Here is a guide to communication development for Kindergarten through fifth grade, listed on the American Speech and Hearing Association site. 

Speech and Language Milestones

Milestones: Kindergarten-5th grade
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Why Speech AND Language? Isn’t it the same thing?

July 1, 2015

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September 27, 2017

 C.J. is 6 years old and primarily communicates by non-verbal means of communication (e.g. pointing, pulling your hand toward the object, pushing the object away).  However, he has consistently began to show us that he...

For Autism Awareness month I thought it would be neat to share some local stories and videos.  These stories will show how different kids on the Autism spectrum can be, their journey in the speech & language world thus...

April 14, 2017

Different sized problems enter our life almost daily, from spilling coffee on your shirt to someone hitting your car.  Our children also encounter different sized problems, such as someone knocking down their block tow...

April 14, 2017

When I have time, I always find the latest research surrounding speech and language delays and other developmental delays very fascinating to read.  Not to mention how reading other peoples research and ideas pushes yo...

January 5, 2017

The Zones of Regulation curriculum was initially written and created by Leah M. Cuypers, MA Ed. OTR/L.  I picked up a copy of The Zones book that was forwarded by Michelle Garcia Winner, someone in the speech-language...

January 5, 2017

Is there a difference between a language processing disorder and an auditory processing disorder? What are some red flags? Who makes the diagnosis? 

There are many characteristics that overlap, but there are s...

January 5, 2017

1.  Describe

Whether you’re driving in the car or at the Zoo, use descriptors and describe what you are seeing around you.  Expose your child to a language enriched environment.


December 13, 2016

One of the most interesting seminars I went to at the ASHA convention was about selective mutism.  Selective Mutism is an anxiety based disorder that effects ones social communication.  It usually appears in childhood...

December 13, 2016

Tis the season! Below are a list of toys which can provide language stimulation and target areas of problem solving, imaginary play and cooperative play. 

1. Object Puzzles and and Floor Puzzles 

- Object puzzles include...

December 13, 2016

Books, Books, Books 

The age that I have below are based on where a child's language is at and not necessarily their chronological age. 

I recommend taking a look at the books at the book store to make sure you like them...

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