May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? What is Better Hearing and Speech month all about? I believe ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) sums it up great on their site by explaining the meaning of this month and why we celebrate it… As a speech pathologist I absolutely love to see a […]

How to Teach the CH Sound

My little Scarlet is two months old now. Last night she finally slept for long enough that this morning I feel half way normal. Yay! I decided to sit down and write a post to celebrate a clear mind, which it seems (as of late), doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. In January I […]

Speech Therapist 2.0 – Designed for parents, fits in your hand

I have found that the most difficult thing for a lot of parents to do when trying to correct their children’s speech errors on their own is to teach that initial correct production of a sound. That is why I was so excited to discover Speech Buddies. While I just recently obtained my own set […]

Using the iPad in Therapy

I got my iPad a few months ago and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. All the fun games and apps aside, it’s made tasks such as checking email (which I’ve never enjoyed) enjoyable. Now I don’t feel like my unread email is looming over my head like the laundry […]

Scarlet Rose

It’s been a couple weeks since we welcomed little Scarlet into our family and I wanted to share our exciting news! She is our fourth child and has been such a delight to have. Her older brothers and sister can’t get enough of holding her (and of course argue who gets the next turn). It’s […]

Language Development Using Mobile Technologies

I’m happy to have speech-language pathologist Sean Sweeney, share his perspective on some mobile applications that can promote language development as parents and children interact with them together. I have been so excited about all the possibilities these new mobile technologies such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, as well as the available Android devices […]

Correcting the R Sound: A Primer for Parents

I am so pleased to have Christine Ristuccia, the author and creator of “The Entire World of R,” share her introduction on teaching the R sound. I have always believed that the best way to teach any sound is to first isolate the sound and then target it in specific word positions such as the […]

Using Turn Taking & Imitation to Encourage Communication

I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on articulation on Mommy Speech Therapy, which is such a huge topic that I could write about it for days! However, for this post I’d like to switch gears a bit and talk about some of the fundamental tools to help our children acquire their first words. Turn-taking […]

Toys, Books & Games that Promote Language Development

Having just announced my first PAL Awards (Play Advances Language), recognizing toys, games and books that encourage language, I wanted to share why I am so passionate about promoting children’s language. Early language proficiency correlates with later performance in school—reading, writing, and critical thinking skills—and influences emotional, cognitive and social growth. From a baby’s first […]

PAL Award (Play Advances Language)

Playonwords.com (written by speech pathologist, Sherry Artemenko) has announced the top toys, games and books for 2010 that promote children’s language to receive the PAL Award (Play Advances Language). As the holidays are almost here, you can use this list as a gift guide, to help you seek out toys with an educational edge, having […]

How to Teach the SH Sound

Teaching the “SH” sound may seem a little daunting at first, but I think you will find that with these tips and suggestions it isn’t so bad. In fact, our little ones that struggle with the SH sound in words may have no difficulty at all saying the sound in isolation (all by itself). The […]

When are Speech Sounds Developed?

One of my jobs as a speech language pathologist is to know when a speech error is developmental or non-developmental. Developmental, meaning it is an appropriate error based on the child’s age, or non-developmental, which would then need to be addressed in speech therapy. One way of figuring out if a speech error is developmental […]

The Process of Articulation Therapy

For those of you that have read some of my previous posts on how to teach specific sounds you may have noticed a pattern. That’s because when teaching kids how to say sounds there IS a general pattern I follow even though each specific sound changes. I wanted to outline this for you because if […]

My Child Needs Speech Therapy, What?

I’d like to take a moment to commiserate with those parents struggling to teach their children how to speak clearly, and pronounce sounds correctly. This is Sam, my seven year old Star Wars fighter pilot in his Halloween costume last year. He has been struggling with his /r/ sounds for sometime now. Once in awhile […]

How to Teach the P Sound

The /p/ sound is the perfect sound to begin with for children who are highly unintelligible. It may be one of my very favorite sounds to teach because it is so visual and therefore can be taught quickly. As the child masters this sound it will build their confidence and make doing articulation drills more […]