Entries by Jessica Jamicich

Breaking Down Standardized Assessment Scores

So, your child had a speech-language evaluation and the therapist hands you the report. After a quick glance you see lots of numbers, percentile rankings, terms like “compared to same age peers”, “within the average range”, raw scores, standard scores, scaled scores, age-equivalents….whew. That is a lot of information to take in, process, and understand. […]

Childhood Apraxia of Speech: What Is It?

What is it? Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder caused by a disruption between the planning of muscle coordination in brain and the body parts needed for speech (e.g., lips, tongue, jaw). It is not due to muscle weakness or paralysis. A child with apraxia of speech knows what he wants to say, […]

Strategies for Pre-Reading | The Benefits of Wordless Books

  One of my favorite tools to use in speech therapy is a wordless book. They have endless (okay, maybe not completely endless, there is a story in those pictures) possibilities for creating, imagining, predicting, and story telling. Here are the top 10 reasons why I LOVE wordless books for kids: 1.    It’s reading before […]

Picky Eater vs. Problem Feeder

Eating. What’s not to love? Whether it’s a gooey, cheesy slice of pizza or a warm cookie fresh out of the oven (yum!), let’s face it -humans love to eat.  Little humans, ehh not so much. Little ones can be incredibly stubborn when it comes to eating, especially when they’re toddlers. What three year old […]

What is Co-Treating?

You may have heard your therapist say, “I think a co-treat would be a great option for your child!” But what does that really entail? Will your child still be getting a full treatment session? Will his current and most important goals be worked on? Will he benefit as much as a one-on-one session? When […]