Articulation and Phonology…What do these terms mean?

Speech-language pathologists address many kinds of delays and disorders which impact communication, feeding and swallowing.  However, many families are most familiar with speech therapy as a treatment for children with articulation or intelligibility challenges.  Historically, this has been a major area of practice for speech-language pathologists, particularly with the pediatric population.  For families in Plano…

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So, What is a Morpheme?

Depending on a families experiences, the understanding of pediatric speech therapy varies.  Some may see the speech-language pathologist as the expert to consult for communication challenges.  The ability to initiate and carry on a conversation, respond to others, turn take with activities and follow instructions would all be examples of communication skills. Others may think…

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Strategies for Success

Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession which helps children develop skills for life.  If you consider the different aspects of a child’s life, such as play, interacting with others, hygiene and self-help skills, you can see that these encompass the work or “occupations” of childhood.  Plano occupational therapy is available for the pediatric…

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Sensory Profile – Valuable Information for Understanding Your Child

There are some great tools for isolating areas for sensory integration disorder treatment.  The Sensory Profile, which was developed by Winnie Dunn, Ph.D., is often used as part of the assessment process when sensory integration disorder is suspected.   It is designed to “profile the effect of sensory processing on functional performance in the daily life…

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Murphy Occupational Therapy – How Can Occupational Therapy Help Your Child?

Occupational therapy (OT) supports and improves cognitive, motor, and sensory development utilizing meaningful  age appropriate activities.  In the world of OT, these activities are also referred to as “occupations”.  For a young child, the primary occupations are play and interacting with caregivers.  Along with play  skills, older children occupy their time with self-help tasks, school…

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Sensory Integration Disorder Treatment – It Starts in the Brain!

Sensory Integration theory was initially developed by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D, OTR, in the 1960’s and 70’s.  In 1989  Dr. Ayres defined sensory integration as “the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment..” This is a simple…

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The 2013 Texas Autism Research Conference will take place July 12-13 in San MarcosTexas

The Texas Autism Research Center (TARRC) presents this annual conference to share “cutting edge autism research, including studies on possible causes of and factors contributing to autism, and research supporting evidence-based practices for the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).”   Having attended this conference in the past, I can assure families…

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