Speech & Language, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Confession - I used that title to suck you into this post, but for good reason. I will answer the question...perhaps in a way you may not expect. Recently someone recommended that I read Communicating Partners, by James MacDonald (AKA Dr. Jim), so I packed it as beach reading for vacation. I really like the book… Continue reading Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities

Great Resource for Speech Sound Practice

I'm sitting in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk training next to Sarah, an amazing SLP from Abu Dhabi, UAE. In a group activity she shared this link with me: http://hope.cochlearamericas.com/audiologists/slp/speech-sounds Each sound has "child friendly" words, activities, songs, games, and toys for each sound. If you are ever at a loss for how to practice… Continue reading Great Resource for Speech Sound Practice

Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Understanding speech problems in children with Down syndrome

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month I am resurrecting and updating a series of posts on common speech disorders in children with Down syndrome. I said it two years ago and it remains today - the most frequent concern I hear is, "I can't understand what Joe says. He gets so frustrated because he knows what… Continue reading Understanding speech problems in children with Down syndrome

Speech & Language, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Motivating your child with Down syndrome to talk

Children need motivation. Especially children with Down syndrome who have speech or language disorders. Internal motivation is difficult enough for those of us without language-learning difficulties. This is why support groups for dieters are so successful. How do we encourage or motivate a child with Down syndrome to talk more? How can we help them make… Continue reading Motivating your child with Down syndrome to talk