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Ready to Start the New Year!

It is time to start the new year for your child. Sometimes real changes in speech and language development occurs over the Christmas break for preschoolers. I have seen children improve their speech and language skills radically when they return to preschool in January. Maybe they just needed a little push from school and then some time at home to practice. And they must practice to improve those speech and language skills. Improving your child’s articulation skills or language skills depends on practice just like learning soccer or basketball. Yes, we do practice everyday but do we practice the correct pronunciation or grammar structure? If your child is not pronouncing a sound correctly then they are just practicing it incorrectly all day long. If you child says ‘him’ instead of ‘he’,  then he is practicing it wrong all day long. yes it is hard to correct them all day long however, you should try to correct them several times a day. Here it gets tricky. If they child can say the sound correctly in the word, then have them say it correctly again. If they can not say it correctly in the word then you should just model the word correctly for them. the child can always repeat the correct grammar structure, even if you have to break it down word or word. It only takes 5 minutes a day to practice with your child and help them to use the correct pronunciation or grammatically correct sentences. So, pick a time that works for the both of you and spend 5 minutes saying words or sentences correctly.

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Posted in: CHP+, Colorado, Developmental, Developmental milestones, hippotherapy, Home activities, Horse therapy, Medicaid, Non-profit, Sliding fee, Speech therapy, speech/ language therapy, Uncategorized, Volunteer

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1st Blog about “Improving your Child’s Speech and Language”

Good morning moms and dads! This is the 1st blog I would like to share with you about improving your child’s speech and language. My husband and I were talking about how important experience is for certain fields of study. We learn about different disorders and symptoms while in college with no real reference. However, as we work with children you learn more than anyone can teach you at school. Then after having children we are even more experienced with issues and methods that work to stimulate speech and language development

The Children’s Advisory Network just finished up Pony Camp. This program was started several years ago so all of our in home clients could experience the value of “speech therapy on a horse”.  The horse riding strengthens the child’s muscles used for speech and stimulates the brain. The horse also decreases sensory overload that many children experience which decreases cognition and language use. The horse is a wonderful tool that stimulates speech, decreases sensory overload, and increases self esteem. We will talk more about pony camp next week.

I am hoping to continue this blog every Wednesday! I have been trying to start this blog for over a year. So, at least I got started. Please let me know if you have anything you would like help with at home for your child’s speech development. I will check comments before I blog next week.

See you next Wednesday, Karen E. Todd, M.S., CCC-SLP

Posted in: Developmental, Developmental milestones, hippotherapy, Home activities, Horse therapy, Medicaid, Non-profit, Speech therapy, speech/ language therapy

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