What Are the Early Signs of Apraxia? How to Overcome It?

What Are the Early Signs of Apraxia? How to Overcome It? Apraxia is a neurological condition that isn’t well understood currently. This also means that treatment modalities haven’t been fully investigated either. As such, therapists are still trying to determine what approach will work best. Partially this is because there’s still some debate as to…

Signs of Delayed Speech & Language Development

Children develop at different rates, but there are some guidelines for knowing if your child is generally on track in his or her development. Knowing what is and is not typical for a child’s speech and language development can help parents know if their child is on track or if there is a cause for…

The Right Professional for Communication Disorders

Parents sometimes ask themselves, “Is my child progressing normally with speech” or “does my child have a communication disorder”?  Children advance with communication at different rates, with some starting slowly and others seemingly developing spoken language overnight.  It can be hard to know if a child needs assistance.  Over time, a body of research has…

Do Toddler Language Skills Impact Social and Emotional Development? Absolutely!

Do Toddler Language Skills impact Social & Emotional Development? Absolutely! We all know that language development in young children is important.  Observing a prelinguistic communications, like waving bye-bye, or pointing to a toy, much like witnessing the first step, are treasured milestones.  As parents we know intuitively that these actions mean our child is thinking about…

Encouraging Communication in Toddlers

Parents as Partners in Language Enrichment Long before they are able to verbally communicate, babies are soaking up language across their daily routines. Everything they hear and are exposed to will help them to become effective communicators as they enter toddlerhood. There are a variety of strategies for encouraging communication in young toddlers that can…

Garland & Murphy Area Occupational Therapists as Early Childhood Specialists

Pediatric Occupational therapists are considered early childhood specialists in their area of expertise.  Occupational therapists who work in the field of early childhood help children develop purposeful activities (occupations).   Feeding, play, interaction, and movement activities are examples of occupations for children.  For young children with developmental challenges in these areas, it is important to have…