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School is back in session, however, at Talk The Talk New York we think that the phrase “no more pencils, no more books…” still applies. We have created a new section of our blog where parents and fellow SLP’s can search for helpful speech and language APP’s.  We think that carryover at home crucial in order for children to reach their speech goals. But, we think that practicing goals should be fun. Check out our first APP Review.

The Entire World of Articulation Flip Books by Dynavox Mayer – Johnson

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/articulation-flip-books/id476647631?mt=8

This APP is great for children who need to practice a variety of speech sounds such as r, s, l etc.  There are 3 flip book pages containing the beginning, middle and end of a sentence. Children “flip” the pages until they create a sentence that they would like to hear. The child then taps a button in order to hear the sentence produced appropriately. In order to practice speech sounds, the child should repeat the sentence back using strategies provided by his/her speech therapist. An example of a sentence in The Entire World of Ar is, Sparky the Martian played arcade games in Argentina. This sentence allows a child to practice the “ar” sound in the beginning and middle of a word while getting a good laugh, as well. We love this APP because children can come up with wacky sentences while practicing their target sounds. We think this is a win-win situation!

Encouraging Speech and Language On The Go

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Communication is a skill that is learned. Before children can talk, they are listening to and observing all verbal and non-verbal interactions that take place around them. Some children take a longer time to acquire language than others. It is important to encourage your child’s speech and language development outside of the therapy room. Think of it this way, if you exercise once a week you are less likely to notice results than if you exercise daily. Language acquisition works the same way. You don’t need to stop all of your plans in order to encourage speech and language. There are endless possibilities all around you. These are some ways to encourage speech and language, on the go!

Strike a Pose and Be a Model

During playtime, bath time or even at the supermarket, you can model words for your child. Point out objects that you see in your everyday environment. For instance, “I see a ball. Let’s throw the ball. Let’s bounce the ball.” Try to maintain eye contact with your child and say the word to him or her. If your child attempts to say the word and says it incorrectly, praise him or her for trying!

Have Fun With Sounds

Use games in order to motivate your child to make sounds. When playing with a toy car, you can make a “beep beep” sound while rolling it on the floor. By using symbolic sounds during play, a child can learn to vocalize and imitate what you say while engaging in a fun activity.

Create Opportunities For Communication

Creating temptations or requests can encourage a child to make sounds or vocalizations. For example, handing your child a closed container with a snack will encourage him or her request you to open it. If a child is just beginning to develop language, a vocalization or approximation of the word is acceptable. Creating opportunities for communication allows a child to learn to use his or her voice to initiate or make requests.

S’more Than Just A Camp

http://speech-language-pathology-audiology.advanceweb.com/Multimedia/Photo-Gallery/Camp-Shout-Out.aspx

Camp Shout Out is a camp in Muskegon Michigan for children who stutter, clinicians and graduate students. It is now in it’s second year. Camp Shout Out allows children to become better communicators while engaging in sports, crafts, campfires and more. It is also a place where graduate students learn to treat school age children who stutter. See the pictures from this summer!

If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It!

If You Don’t Use, It You Lose It!

Summertime is under way. Camps are bustling with happy campers, the sun is shining and the memory of pencils, books and teachers are in the rearview mirror. In order to speed that car ahead, there are ways to make sure that your child does not regress in the areas of speech and language.  Erica Gosling, from Speechbop, shares ways to make sure that your child’s language grows during the hot summer months.

Speech and Language – What’s The Difference?

Speech and Language – What’s The Difference?

When announcing that I am a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), I often get asked if I work with children who have lisps. Although, SLP’s do treat articulation, we do a whole lot more! What is the difference between speech and language, you may ask. We have the answer right here.  Check it out!

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Welcome To Our Blog!

Welcome to the Talk The Talk NY Blog. Our blog is brought to you by certified Speech and Language Pathologists who want to help you or a loved one become  a successful communicator. Keep checking our blog for upcoming posts on resources, tips and interesting articles about Speech Therapy. If you live in the New York City area and would like to meet with a Speech and Language Pathologist, call us at (646) 450-5148 or visit our website at http://www.talkthetalkny.com.