dyspraxia, childhood apraxia

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Rinda Graybill Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

Childhood apraxia of speech, or CAS, has many different names.  You may hear verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or dyspraxia, among many others.  For purposes of this article, it will be referred to as “Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).” CAS is a motor speech disorder.  A child who has CAS will have difficulty planning motor movements for speech production.  …

Rinda GraybillChildhood Apraxia of Speech
ankyloglossia or tongue tied child

Is Your Child Tongue-Tied?

Kim Frazer Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

Tongue-tie, or what is commonly referred to in the medical community as ankyloglossia, is a partial or total fusion of the tongue to the floor of the mouth due to an abnormality of the lingual frenulum. It is present at birth.

Kim FrazerIs Your Child Tongue-Tied?
Cochlear Implant

Could Your Child Benefit from a Cochlear Implant? | Sensorineural Hearing Loss Treatment

Rachel Sigala Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

The type of hearing loss involved with getting a cochlear implant is called sensorineural, which means that there are abnormalities in the hair cells in the cochlea. With this type of loss, sound cannot reach the auditory nerve. With a cochlear implant, sound bypasses the damaged parts of the ear and reaches the auditory nerve.

Rachel SigalaCould Your Child Benefit from a Cochlear Implant? | Sensorineural Hearing Loss Treatment
Autism Spectrum Therapies

Autism Spectrum Therapies: the PLAY Project

Stephanie Saikaly Child Development, Parenting a Child with Special Needs, Resources, Special Needs Diagnoses, Therapy Options

As therapists working with our families in their natural environments, we have the ability to choose from many different approaches to autism spectrum therapy as well as identify appropriate structures for interventions that can be implemented. One such approach is called “The PLAY Project” (Play and Language for the Autistic Youngster).

Stephanie SaikalyAutism Spectrum Therapies: the PLAY Project
bilingualism and language delay

Can a Child Diagnosed with Language Delay Learn Two Languages?

Katie Blauth Child Development, Parenting a Child with Special Needs

There are many advantages to being bilingual. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association suggests that some advantages may include: learning new words more easily, playing rhyming games, putting words into categories, increasing problem solving skills, and improving listening skills.

Katie BlauthCan a Child Diagnosed with Language Delay Learn Two Languages?
mother communicating with deaf child

Communicating with a Deaf Child | Approaches for Language Learning

Sarah Shumway Child Development, Parenting a Child with Special Needs

One of the first and most challenging decisions now that you have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, is selecting HOW you will communicate with your child. The purpose of this article is to introduce the basic communication approaches. Let’s begin with some definitions and important distinctions.

Sarah ShumwayCommunicating with a Deaf Child | Approaches for Language Learning

Q&A: 18 Month Old Showing Signs of William’s Syndrome & Fragile X

Tamara Guo Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

Hi, I have worked with William’s Syndrome and Autistic children. Right now I am a nanny and this little boy is 18 months old and shows characteristics of fragile x and autism. I am not a therapist and am not qualified, but since I have worked with hundreds (especially with infants and toddlers)in daycares and pre-schools and being a nanny …

Tamara GuoQ&A: 18 Month Old Showing Signs of William’s Syndrome & Fragile X