April 26th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills, Speech and Language Development
Auditory memory is the ability we need to retain and recall information that we hear through listening.  There are many books that can help your child develop this skill.  Here are suggestions for strengthening auditory memory using The Gingerbread Man by Catherine McCafferty (McGraw-Hill). Begin by reading the book for pleasure without asking any questions.  Take the time to look at the book’s colorful pictures with your child as you focus on the story. The second time you read the book, mention something like this: ... ...Read more

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Reading is an acquired skill that your child must gradually learn how to do and an art that has to be cultivated and practiced over time. Though it will take your child years to learn how to read a book themselves, they are ready to hear you read to them from almost the beginning of their lives. As they grow and the two of you continue to share the experience of reading together the bond you share will grow, too.  Being read to from an... ...Read more

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Speech Therapy Apps
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This week my first app will be available on the iPad! I am so excited to be able to share my work with other SLP’s for use with their clients and with parents and their children. It is an interesting story, how I, with very little tech savvy, have this high tech tool for helping children with listening/language delays and disorders. About six months after my book The Sound of Hope was released I received a message on my website. It was from Corey and... ...Read more

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills
If your child will just not sit for a book, storytelling can be a magical alternative.  This is a completely auditory activity that will help your child build strong listening skills.  There are no rules to follow and you can make up stories anywhere.  They can be shared in the car, at the dinner table, in a doctor’s office, at the beach, or in a park. Try to stretch your imagination and make believe you are in the midst of a grand adventure with your... ...Read more