Protecting Our Infants and Children from Environmental Toxins that May be Associated with Developmental Disorders

More and more research is identifying the importance of protecting the unborn infant from environmental toxins.  “Exposure in utero or in children affects their developing nervous, immune, and endocrine systems causing permanent changes (Miller, Palmer, 2011)”. A recent publication from the UT Health Science Center in Houston shared the following suggestions: The Precautionary Principal in…

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Does Your Child Use Echolalia?

By Anne Russell Bramlett, MS, CCC/SLP Many of our children on the autism spectrum use echolalia, which is the repetition of another’s speech that occurs either immediately, or even later, after the original production.  According to Barry Prizant (1987) echolalia is characteristic of least 85% of children with autism who acquire speech.  In the past,…

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THE BENEFITS OF EARLY INTERVENTION IN CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

When you realize that your child’s development is delayed or not progressing as you had hoped, it can be overwhelming.  Many parents in recent years have learned the importance of early childhood intervention for developmental concerns.  Early intervention is the process of seeking and utilizing the various therapeutic services available in our community to help…

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Hearing Loss

Children are making huge advances in oral communication despite hearing loss thanks to great improvements in technology and early identification.  It is now very feasible that a child with severe hearing loss can speak, learn oral language, and go to his/her local public school. Hearing Loss Types: Conductive loss: This loss occurs when the outer…

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Now, with more children being diagnosed with autism, many parents are curious as to the symptoms and characteristics of the disorder.  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-III outlines the diagnostic criteria for autism.  Autism is a brain disorder characterized by impaired social communication and interaction as well as restricted or repetitive behaviors. …

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