NG

NG

Kids typically produce the /ng/ sound between ages 2-3 .  It is no longer considered developmental by age 4.  If your child is still having difficulty producing /ng/ by age 4 then they need some help from a speech therapist to acquire the sound.  I will...
K and G

K and G

Kids are typically producing the /k/ and /g/ sounds by age 3 to 3 ½ .  It is no longer considered developmental in nature by age 3.  If your child is still having difficulty producing /k/ and /g/ by age 4 then they need some help from a speech therapist to...
Final L

Final L

L is one of the easier sounds to correct since it is visual.  We can see the tongue tip as it moves to the correct position in the mouth, and therefore make adjustments more easily.  L is no longer considered developmental by the age of 4, so if your child...
Minimal Pairs

Minimal Pairs

What Are Minimal Pairs? Minimal pairs are words that differ in only one phonological element. They are a useful way to highlight a sound in a meaningful context and also to show the child the importance of correct pronunciation. The words generally rhyme (fin/thin,...
ADD

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder, whether inattentive, hyperactive or mixed type, is being diagnosed at an increasing rate in both children and adults. ADHD includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive...
Emerging Literacy

Emerging Literacy

First Stages Children start learning language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, their speech and language skills become increasingly complex. They learn to understand and use language to express their ideas, thoughts, feelings, and to communicate...
Social Language

Social Language

Social language skills are what we use in our daily interaction with others, including what we say and how we say it, both verbally and non-verbally.  Children with difficulties in social language skills may not understand, and often misinterpret, what others are...
Which Lisp Is It?

Which Lisp Is It?

What is a lisp? A “lisp” refers to a person’s difficulty producing  /s/,  /z/, /sh/, /zh/,  /ch/ and /j/ sounds because of incorrect tongue placement. Usually /s/ and /z/ are primarily affected, but frequently the other sounds are also impacted. The...
Late Bloomer or Language Problem?

Late Bloomer or Language Problem?

What’s Normal?Children develop language at different times and in different ways so there isn’t a line in the sand for normal. However, all children do go through the same stages as their speech and language develops. It’s just that it is hard to know exactly when...
Expressive Language: Therapy Ideas & Strategies

Expressive Language: Therapy Ideas & Strategies

In this short series on language, I’ve shared the definition of language in general, how spoken and written language are further divided into listening, speaking, reading and writing, and how the 5 domains of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and...