What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) and Diagnostic Criteria?

What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) and Diagnostic Criteria? Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD – a.k.a. Heller’s syndrome, disintegrative psychosis, dementia infntilis) is a rare condition with only one case in 100,000 children. One of its main characteristics is the late onset of developmental delays, but some children will suddenly or severely reverse in these areas…

Early Signs of Communication Disorder in Children

Early Signs of Communication Disorder in Children Social communication disorder happens when your child has difficulty using verbal and nonverbal language skills in social settings. This primarily happens with social cognition during social interactions. While it typically begins during your child’s early developmental period (the first three years of their life), you may not fully…

Games Useful for Developing Speech, Language, and Social Skills

Children learn by observing and the best role model is the parent. Having a home environment in which learning is rewarded and encouraged, with games that are useful for developing speech, language, and social skills will be invaluable. It is important to always keep in mind that children observe and absorb everything they watch, so…

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…

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…

Language Intervention in Autism: The Implications of Neurobiological Research

Language Intervention in Autism: The Implications of Neurobiological Research Anne Bramlett, MS, CCC/SLP At Speech & Occupational Therapy of North Texas, we encourage our therapists to acquire specialized training for the populations we serve.  We recently provided a fantastic opportunity for continuing education credits.  Many of our therapists attended this great webinar regarding the implications…

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…