Too Much Screen Time?

Technology has rapidly advanced over the last 10 years. Cell Phones are better, televisions are bigger; screens permeate almost every area of life. Given the pandemic that overtook the year 2020, virtual schooling became the new ‘norm’. Some students have only received remote instruction for over a year, sitting in front of screens to completeContinue reading “Too Much Screen Time?”

Early Signs of Autism

The flowers are starting to pop up from beneath the mulch, birds are singing, and the days grow warmer each week. Nature is once again blossoming, bringing the promise of new life along with it.  lately I have been leaving the screen door open and peering out to watch daffodils spout in my front yard.Continue reading “Early Signs of Autism”

How Music Supports Early Language Acquisition

If you were a fly on the wall in my home, you would be listening to music all day long. As I clean dishes and do laundry I have spotify playing as background noise. My daughter dances along and asks for ‘more’ each time a song ends. The benefits of music go deeper than whatContinue reading “How Music Supports Early Language Acquisition”

Lets talk about Stuttering

Welcome back, friends! I hope you are all doing well and staying warm. This week has brought more snow to central New Jersey. I didn’t think it was possible, but here we are, inches deep in another snow storm. It has snowed more this winter than I can recall over many past winters. Luckily (orContinue reading “Lets talk about Stuttering”

The Power of a Choice

At the ripe age of one, my daughter knows what she wants and when she wants it. When I ask my friends where she gets her strong willed personality they laugh! Like mother, like daughter. Children know what they want from a young age. When those desires go unmet or are not understood, many tearsContinue reading “The Power of a Choice”

Early Intervention – Where to Start

Every child develops at a different pace. Some children seemingly speak from the moment they are born, others are late talkers. When you realize your child is behind, where do you go for help?  Each state has a system to provide help to children between the ages of 0-3 who are developmentally delayed. When yourContinue reading “Early Intervention – Where to Start”

Big Plans Ahead! The Gift that Will Keep on Giving

Wow, Mommas!! Christmas has come and gone, and the new year is only a few days away. I hope everyone had a lovely time celebrating with friends and family. We had a lovely Christmas over here in New Jersey, even though it rained most of the day. My daughter was old enough this year toContinue reading “Big Plans Ahead! The Gift that Will Keep on Giving”

Cooking Up Good Speech

As the holidays draw near, I find myself spending more and more time in the kitchen. And with restrictions still in place limiting indoor dining, I’ve been busy cooking now more than ever before! With Christmas comes cookies, cookies….. and more cookies. Yum! This year I have a very mobile and curious 18 month oldContinue reading “Cooking Up Good Speech”

Enhance Reading Time, + A GIVEAWAY!

 Last week, I talked about the connection between reading and a child’s speech and language development. If you missed that post, read it here. I wanted to follow that up with some real life examples of how I incorporate speech and language activities into her reading time. One of her favorite books is “Ten LittleContinue reading “Enhance Reading Time, + A GIVEAWAY!”

Speech Milestones- The First 5 Years

As a Speech Therapist, I’m rehearsed in the early milestones babies and toddlers should be meeting. I have studied what typical childhood development looks like. But, when I became a mom, I dwelled on each little thing – and worried each month as my daughter got older. Is she on target? Is this normal? Shouldn’tContinue reading “Speech Milestones- The First 5 Years”