digeorge syndrome: 22q deletion

DiGeorge Syndrome: What is 22q Deletion?

Katie BlauthChild Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

The term 22q refers to a missing part of Chromosome 22, specifically in the area of 22q11.2. It used to be referred to by several names, such as velocardiofacial syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome, conotruncal anomaly face syndrome, Opitz G/BBB syndrome, and Cayler cardiofacial syndrome.  All of these syndromes have been found to have the same core issue, the deletion of the …

selective mutism

Language Delay or Selective Mutism?

Katie BlauthBehavior, Child Development, Expected Behavior by Age

This question comes up very often when a child seems to understand everything you tell her, yet she isn’t talking.  Many parents report that they feel that their child is able to talk, but is refusing to do so. Selective Mutism Characteristics of selective mutism are described by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as: consistent failure to speak in specific …

Hanen it takes two to talk program

Language Delays: What is the It Takes Two to Talk Program?

Katie BlauthResources, Therapy Options

The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout the day. Speech therapists are trained to accommodate parents’ individual learning styles, …

toddlers talking to one another

Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Clarity of Speech?

Katie BlauthChild Development

Many children, once they start to use words to communicate, can still be difficult to understand. Speech sound errors can occur without a known cause, but a child might not learn how to produce these sounds without help. Some children have difficulty producing sounds correctly due to frequent ear infections, hearing loss, and genetic or developmental disorders. Overall, you should …