Choosing toys for any child can be overwhelming this time of year. Many parents have asked, "If I'm going to buy toys anyway...which ones are the most therapeutic?" Parents are looking for toys that are developmentally appropriate, durable, and fun. Fortunately the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just posted a great link regarding toy selection: AOTA Toy… Continue reading Wondering how to choose toys for your child with Down syndrome?
In providing descriptive praise for children with Down syndrome it is important to be clear. Tell the child what they did correctly, not what they avoided. We want to affirm the behavior the child used.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and in honor of the this I am excited to start with a post on hearing. Why hearing? Well, without hearing other areas of communication may be significantly impacted. Even if it is a mild loss. When should a child with Down syndrome have their hearing checked? The Down syndrome… Continue reading Let’s talk about hearing and Down syndrome
For all teachers and administrators: The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati will be hosting their next Teacher Roundtable Discussion at J.F.Dulles Elementary School in the Oak Hills District on Monday, May 16 at 4:00PM. Thanks to Kelli Wagner for offering to host our West Side location. Our moderator will be Jennifer Bekins, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech… Continue reading Teacher Roundtable Discussion on Down syndrome & Communication: Westside Location
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! In celebration I'm dedicating my May posts to hearing and speech in children with Down syndrome. So, what about hearing? We know that hearing plays a huge part in learning to talk. Just like other infants, babies with Down syndrome should undergo a newborn hearing screening. An auditory brainstem response… Continue reading May is Better Hearing and Speech Month – Talking about hearing and Down syndrome