Early Intervention

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Let’s Go Bowling: Supporting Communication at the Bowling Alley

It might seem odd that I’m writing a post about bowling on a beautiful, sunny spring day when most people are thinking about spending time outside, but it’s always good to think of activities we can do when the weather isn’t so great (in fact this holiday weekend, the forecast in northern NJ is all … Continue reading Let’s Go Bowling: Supporting Communication at the Bowling Alley

Introduction to Telepractice

Telepractice (AKA telemedicine, teletherapy, telehealth, telespeech, telerehabiliation, virtual speech therapy) is the delivery of health services via a telecommunications system. This service model is becoming increasingly more popular in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. Large factors that have driven the use of telepractice are reducing travel time for the client and/or professional and … Continue reading Introduction to Telepractice

Learning to Talk: Speech and Language Milestones Birth to 3

The first 3 years of a child’s life are crucial to overall development. A lot of changes occur in just 3 short years. For example, a child begins walking, talking, and developing a unique personality. It can be an exciting time for families as they watch their children develop new and exciting skills. While it … Continue reading Learning to Talk: Speech and Language Milestones Birth to 3

Is it Apraxia?

Apraxia, also known as childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), has become the go-to diagnosis for many children in Early Intervention (under 3 years of age). However, many of these children do not have apraxia or are too young to receive a true diagnosis. So what is apraxia?   Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that … Continue reading Is it Apraxia?

Hearing 101

Our hearing ability has a great impact on our communication, from birth through adulthood.  Yet, when I recommend hearing tests to current or potential clients, I am often met with the same response, “My child hears fine” or “I hear fine.” Although one’s hearing may appear “fine,” it is not guaranteed that the person can … Continue reading Hearing 101

Early Intervention: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Early Intervention (EI) is a great program for young children and their families to receive related services.  Services might include speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. In NJ, this program covers children from birth to age 3. Although it is a great program, there are many misunderstandings about what EI is and isn’t.  My … Continue reading Early Intervention: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Stimulating Communication Without Spending a Dime

I often get asked about the best toys and gadgets to stimulate communication in children.  And, although I do have some favorites, communication occurs everywhere, everyday (#CommunicateEverywhere).  No special gadgets or gizmos are needed.  So keep your money in your pocket and use your everyday routines to work on your child’s speech and language skills.  … Continue reading Stimulating Communication Without Spending a Dime

Bilingualism: Separating Myths from Truths

About two years ago, I wrote an article entitled To Be Bilingual: That is the Answer, Not the Question for in the NJ Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s publication VOICES. This article aimed to debunk myths about bilingualism that are spreading like wildfire around the U.S. The article was primarily seen by speech-language pathologists and audiologists in NJ, … Continue reading Bilingualism: Separating Myths from Truths

Early Intervention 101

Thank you for visiting the Liberty Speech Associates LLC blog! Today I’m excited to write my first post. This post is about the New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS). After presenting to families and teachers at a local daycare, it has come to my attention how much is unknown and misunderstood about the NJEIS. Therefore, … Continue reading Early Intervention 101