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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Communication Development

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Communication Development

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Special Needs
It’s World Autism Awareness Day! April 2nd each year is the day we celebrate our little friends who have ASD, and all of the amazing things they have accomplished. It’s also a chance to spread awareness of ASD. In this spirit, I thought I’d put together a list of some of the common communication difficulties children with ASD experience. While not all children with ASD will experience communication difficulties, the majority will at some point in their lives. For many parents, these difficulties can be one of the earliest signs that a child’s development is not following the expected pattern. The communication skills and development of children with ASD range greatly from non-verbal to completely typical, and the particular difficulties experienced will differ from child to child. Despite how varied…
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Down Syndrome and Communication Development

Down Syndrome and Communication Development

Special Needs
Happy World Down Syndrome Day! In honour of today I wanted to explore the communication development of children with Down Syndrome. All children develop differently, and no two children with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome will follow the exact same path towards developing communication. There are, however, some common areas of communication strengths and difficulty that many children with Down Syndrome may experience. Social Competence Children with Down Syndrome often have strong social skills and are keen to interact and communicate with others. From infancy, they enjoy other people and very interested in interaction. Many children with Down Syndrome will also develop strengths in their ability to make friends, show empathy and understand non-verbal social cues, like body language and facial expressions. Vocabulary Kids with Down Syndrome may also have…
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Resources for Parents of Late Talkers

Resources for Parents of Late Talkers

Toys and Resources
It can be really difficult to find information as the parent of a toddler with language delays. There's a lot of different and sometimes conflicting and confusing information to sift through to find answers. Today I wanted to share with you some resources that I like to share with the parents of toddlers that I work with, and that I often refer to myself. BOOKS It Takes Two To Talk I don’t think there’s a single resource in our library that is photocopied as much as this one, it really is that full of information for children at the earliest stages of language development. Hanen is an organisation based in Canada that helps children with communication delays and their parents (and even Speech Pathologists) to communicate better. The It Takes Two…
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My Five Favourite Toy Types for Speech Therapy with Toddlers

My Five Favourite Toy Types for Speech Therapy with Toddlers

Toys and Resources
I love collecting toys to add to arsenal for therapy. It’s actually becoming a bit of a problem, as I have more toys than I have space for in my little office! Still, I can’t help myself when I see something that I know my little friends will love, especially as toys are so useful in teaching kids to communicate. As a parent, however, it’s not really plausible to have the quantity of toys as a practice (both financially and space wise), and you definitely don’t need that many to help a late talker or early language learner. In today’s post, I’ve compiled a list of my five favourite types of toys for therapy. These are the types of toys that I use most often with children between around 12…
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Language Difficulties in the Classroom

Language Difficulties in the Classroom

Language
It’s getting closer and closer to the start of the new school year, and with it fast approaching I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about how language impairments can impact children in their classroom and school settings. I've also created some free resources you can use to help your child's teacher understand how their communication difficulties might impact them in the classroom, to get your child off to the best start possible this year (scroll to the bottom to download). Language difficulties impact on every aspect of a child’s life, but sometimes that impact can be felt most keenly in the classroom. Why? Language demands in the classroom are much higher than in other settings. The language they need to be able to understand is more complex,…
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