Entries by Kate Connolly

Hearing Impairment and Language

The earlier your child is diagnosed with a hearing impairment, the earlier he can receive services to assist in the development of speech and language skills during the critical 0-3 year-old period. Children with a hearing impairment are at a disadvantage during this time frame because much of language develops from exposure to the sounds […]

3 Tips for Promoting Speech and Language Development in Children: Ages 0-3

Ages 0-3 are critical for learning and mastering speech and language. Some babies and toddlers initiate talking earlier than others.  If you are looking to encourage speech and language in your little one, read on for easy guidelines to help promote speech and language for young children. 3 Tips for promoting Speech and Language Development […]

How Fast Should My Child Be Reading?

Reading is fundamental to academic success. Children spend hours from preschool to third grade learning how to read. From third grade on, children spend hours reading to learn new subject material. As a Pediatric Speech Therapist, I’ve been asked the following question: My child is an accurate reader, but seems to read more slowly than […]

The Role of the Speech Pathologist in Treating a Cleft Palate

It can be scary and heartbreaking to watch your child with a cleft palate struggle.  When treating a cleft palate, a multi-disciplinary team approach is the best way to provide the highest level of care to your child and your family. Allowing multiple team members to communicate often and coordinate approaches will result in a […]

Speech and Language for the Adopted Child

The number of foreign adoptions in the US continues to grow every year. Children who are adopted may be at greater risk for speech and/or language difficulties. Occasionally, this is secondary to a congenital disorder and, at times, the difficulties are secondary to the abrupt change in the child’s primary language. It is important to […]

When is Stuttering Normal?

Stuttering or non-fluent speech productions are quite common to hear during speech and language development in children when they are between the ages of two and six. At this time, the amount of new language that children are taking in is so vast that several theories suggest that it overwhelms the body’s speaking mechanism and, […]

What are Metalinguistic Skills and What Do They Look Like in My Child?

Metalinguistic skills involve the awareness and control of linguistic components of language. Simply put, it implies the ability to think and discuss language. These skills require an awareness of others as listeners and an ability to recognize significant details that indicate changes in speech. For example, you do not usually speak to a teacher in […]

How to Help with Homework

Homework time is one of the most difficult parts of a parent and child’s day, especially if your child has difficulty with the tasks requested of them. We are often asked how to give the help needed without “doing homework” for him/her. We understand, , that as a parent, you want your child to succeed […]

Providing Communicative Temptations in the Home for Late Talkers

Is your toddler not talking as much as he or she should be? Don’t panic! Below are some strategies for creating opportunities for vocalizations. Remember, ALWAYS reward your child with the toy immediately after they attempt to say the target! 5 Strategies To Get Your Late Talker To Communicate: Leave a desired food item that […]