SpeechTea Blog

  • Building Verbal Imitation Skills

    Now that you’ve educated the parents, coached them through strategies, and their child is demonstrating the Pre-Linguistic Skills we addressed in our first two blogs, we can start building on those skills! But where to begin? Think back on how you observe children acquiring language. Does a 1 year old spontaneously go from never making any verbalizations to suddenly responding to verbal routines or saying “hello” and “mama”? Not typically. All of those small little coos and giggles eventually manifest as whole, recognizable words over time and with the right encouragement.

  • Pre-Linguistic Skills: The Foundation of Language

    Pre-linguistic skills are the underrated (and often forgotten!) foundation that allows children to build language, and they must be thoroughly developed. In my last post, I listed them out for you, but let’s look at them further!
  • What To Do When Parents Ask, 'When Will My Child Talk?'

    Now that you have a fresh caseload with eager parents and children waiting for your expertise, the only thing that could bring you down is a parent coming into a session after a few weeks of therapy and asking, “So when exactly will my child begin to actually talk?”. While disappointing to hear, often we forget to educate parents on a crucial part of early intervention therapy: pre-linguistic skills!

  • 3 Ways An SLP Can Support Students Struggling With Sight Words

    SLPs are often asked to support students struggling with sight words. Read my three tips in this blog post.
  • Spatial Concepts: Using What You Have

    I don't know about you but it seems like everyone on my caseload needs help in the spatial concepts department. It used to daunt me that 'oh my go...
  • AAC: A Quick Guide

    October is AAC awareness month! The goal of this month is to raise awareness of AAC and to inform the public of the many different ways people com...