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Speech Sound Development in Toddlers

We can’t be overly “picky” when it comes to speech sound accuracy with toddlers, particularly for those who have struggled with language acquisition. Afterall, most brand new talkers are difficult to understand, whether you’re 12 months old and beginning to talk or 30 months old and saying your first words!
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“Apraxia Mom” Blog Giveaway

Thanks Apraxia Mom for your GREAT review of my DVDs Teach Me To Talk and Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders!
Check out the review here, and register for the DVD giveaway on her blog!

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Can’t vs. Won’t

I RARELY, no make that never, think that a child doesn’t talk because he’s stubborn or lazy.  I get so frustrated when parents tell me this, or worse, when I hear another therapist say this.  If you, or gasp, a professional, is telling you this, please re-evaluate your situation. 
The truth is when kids can talk, they do talk.  It makes life so [...]

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DVD to Treat Apraxia in Toddlers and Young Preschoolers

Are you a parent looking for more information on childhood apraxia of speech?
Are you scared and confused by what you’re finding on the internet?  
Then I’d like to introduce you to a DVD that’s made especially for parents to help you understand this complex diagnosis.
It’s called Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders, and it was [...]

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Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders NOW SHIPPING

“Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders” is now shipping!

Apraxia and phonological disorders are among the most common speech disorders diagnosed in young children. These diagnoses can be difficult for parents to understand. In this comprehensive 2 DVD set, you’ll learn the diagnostic characteristics and see examples of young children with motor [...]

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Special Time for “Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate” on Thursday, August 20, 2009

This week’s podcast will be at 12 noon Eastern time. We’ll be continuing our discussion about treating speech sound disorders in young children. 
You can listen live on Thursday, August 20 at 12 pm Eastern Time using this icon. 
If you can’t join us live, you can always listen later anytime using the blogtalkradio icon in the right hand column [...]

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Questions about Fine Motor Skill Delays After Language is Now Age-appropriate

Here’s a question I received today by e-mail and wanted to share with readers here on the site -
Dear Laura,
You were nice enough to answer some questions a while back and I have a few follow up ones. My daughter was delayed in her expressive language and not combining words at age 2. With ST [...]

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Oral Motor Exercises and Childhood Apraxia of Speech

For those of you who are following the apparently very controversial article “Oral Motor Exercises” and all of the comments, here’s a follow-up I received today from Dr. Lof.  Here are his comments specifically related to oral motor exercises as they are used with children who have been diagnosed with apraxia, and of course, a [...]

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Is Bad Speech Therapy Better Than No Speech Therapy?

Hmmm….. this is a question I’ve been pondering all day long.  Let me walk you through my entire thought process before you weigh in on this issue. 
This morning I was in a huge hurry to get ready to go see one darling little girl for speech therapy and then pursue my other passion, being a mom, for the rest [...]

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“Discover The Best Approach To Teach Your Toddler To Talk”

Maybe the “experts” tell you everything’s fine. But you can’t get past that nagging feeling that things should be getting better. And they just…aren’t.
As a parent, there’s [...]

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