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If this is your first visit, I’d like to tell you how I recommend for new moms to navigate the site because I have TONS of info on here that may not be apparent to you with your first click!
The site is organized in chronological order with the newest entries listed first here on the home page. However, [...]
The following is a list of when 75% of children have mastered speech sounds. (Photo Articulation Test, 1969, Pendergast et al, and Stoel-Gammon, 1985.)
Limited consonant sound use results in unintelligible speech and often indicates a motor speech disorder (apraxia) or phonological disorder. Check out these norms and the list of “red flags” which indicate [...]
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 [...]
Recently I’ve heard of mothers who are telling other mothers that they’d better be doing oral motor exercises at home with their kids and find SLPs who will do these with their kids to help their toddlers learn to speak more clearly. I wanted to let you all in on apparently what some SLPs aren’t telling [...]
Today on my show “Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate” (click the icon in the right column to hear it for yourself!), one of our wonderful callers Annette shared with us that although her son is talking now and understands and says, “Dada,” he’s not yet saying “Mama.” How heartbreaking for her!
This is [...]
PARENTS – ARE YOU FRUSTRATED TRYING TO TEACH YOUR TODDLER TO TALK?
ARE OTHER CHILDREN HIS AGE ASKING FOR WHAT THEY WANT AND NEED – WHILE HE CAN ONLY CRY?
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 [...]
I found a great blog tonight with super “how to” tricks for several consonant sounds, and I’m linking the ones for toddler/early preschool consonants.
While regular readers of this site know that my philosophy is language-language-language, there is a place for “no pressure practice” for toddlers, even while your main focus is improving receptive and expressive [...]
This topic was originally written at the end of another post, but the questions and comments I’ve received via -email warrant a more lengthy discussion. (By the way - If you’d rather send me an e-mail with a question or comment rather than post it on the site, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.)
When I’m in a social setting and people [...]
One of the standard recommendations during the diagnostic process for a late talking toddler is an audiological or hearing assessment. If a baby can’t hear, he’s not going to learn to talk. Now with universal hearing tests mandatory at birth in the United States, very few children with significant hearing losses are missed at birth.
However, your child’s ability [...]
“Now that my baby is finally talking, I can’t understand a word he’s saying!” First we want them to talk, then once that happens, we complain that we can’t understand them. This is a big concern among parents of toddlers, especially when you’ve waited longer than you expected for those first words.
“Isn’t it normal not to understand what [...]