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Modeling Language with Language Learners

Modeling Language with Language Learners

Modeling language is extremely important. We learn through watching and observing and imitating others. This modeling can take different forms, we can model signs, gestures, on AAC devices, and verbal language. It’s important that language is being modeled in the way...
Why Work on Following Directions? 

Why Work on Following Directions? 

The ability to follow directions is both an important functional skill and academic one. People, both children and adults alike, are constantly following directions throughout the day.  Daily Life Directions Functional directions are those that have a purpose in...
What Is Cluttering?

What Is Cluttering?

There are two types of fluency disorders: stuttering and cluttering. Parenting children who stutter has been covered previously, here.   Cluttering Explained While stuttering has been covered, we still have not touched on cluttering. Cluttering is a type of...
How to Practice Speech Goals at Home: Articulation

How to Practice Speech Goals at Home: Articulation

It’s important when practicing articulation at home to practice words your child can produce correctly, without errors. Often, simpler words are better when starting out. Next time you’re here at Small Talk, ask you child’s speech therapist for a list of words to...
Crash Course on Sensory Processing: Part Three

Crash Course on Sensory Processing: Part Three

Congratulations on making it this far! Learning about sensory processing can be overwhelming, especially if you have your own little one(s) struggling with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This post will discuss the second set of categories that focus more on...
Language-Rich Summer Activities for Kids

Language-Rich Summer Activities for Kids

What does language-rich mean?  Our world is full of things to experience and talk about. Language-rich activities provide opportunities to use language and encourage interaction and turn-taking with your child. Participating in these activities with your child...
Crash Course on Sensory Processing: Part Two

Crash Course on Sensory Processing: Part Two

In the blog post Crash Course on Sensory Processing: Part One, I discussed the different sensory systems and red flags that can be observed within each. Next, I will dive into Sensory Processing Disorder and the different categories that fall within this disorder....
Crash Course on Sensory Processing: Part One

Crash Course on Sensory Processing: Part One

Sensory processing is complicated. Many of our kids struggle with some aspect of sensory processing and it can be difficult for caregivers to attend to their needs if they don’t have a thorough understanding of their child’s sensory processing challenges. First and...
Why Do I Keep Hearing about Common Objects?

Why Do I Keep Hearing about Common Objects?

Common objects are something that we work with often here at Small Talk. When we say “common objects” we’re typically referring to pictures of things kids see all the time in their daily life. These could be a car, dog, shirt, chair, etc. Many of our kids have goals...