Speech-Language Development Blog

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Autism Symptoms

Autism symptoms are not always obvious in infancy and early childhood. Knowing the early signs of autism in infants and toddlers can help you know when to be concerned

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Causes of Autism

A lot of people "know" the causes of autism, but their explanations often don't stand up to scientific scrutiny.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is a general term for a number of developmental disorders that vary widely by type and severity.

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Different Types of Hearing Loss in Children

A summary of some of the different types of hearing loss in children, their causes, and how they effect speech and language development.

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Degrees of Hearing Loss In Children

A summary of the degrees of hearing loss and how they effect speech and language comprehension.

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The hearing test: Part of this complete speech-language evaluation

I always recommend including a hearing test as part of a speech-language evaluation, because a hearing loss may cause, or contribute to, a speech-language disorder.

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My SiteBuildIt! Success Story

I used SiteBuildIt! to create a profitable web site. You can, too! Here's how I did it.

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The decibel scale: how loud is loud?

The decibel scale is what we use to measure how loud a sound is. It's a logarithmic scale, so it's a little tricky to understand sometimes. Here's what you need to know.

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Super Star Speech

SUPER STAR SPEECH is an articulation therapy workbook series for parents and professionals by speech-language pathologist Deborah Lott.

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Causes of Hearing Loss

Causes of hearing loss in children and adults are divided into two broad categories: congenital and acquired.

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Unilateral hearing loss in children

Children with unilateral hearing loss are at risk for speech and language delays and difficulty in school, even though they "can hear just fine" with the unaffected ear.

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Cerumen: the wonderful world of ear wax

Cerumen, or ear wax, may just about be nature's most under-rated and misunderstood gift to humanity.

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Hearing Loss in Children: a risk factor for speech and language

Hearing loss in children is a frequent contributing factor to speech and language impairment. Find out how to tell if your child has a hearing loss and what to do about it.

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Phonetic Spelling

Phonetic spelling refers to the ability to identify sounds associated with individual letters or letter combinations. Learn how to foster this crucial stage of your child's development of literacy.

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Phonetic Reading and Development of Literacy

Phonetic reading refers to a child's ability to "sound out" and pronounce unfamiliar words and nonsense words based on spelling.

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Letter-Sound Correspondence and Phonemic Awareness

Letter-sound correspondence refers to the identification of sounds associated with individual letters and letter combinations.

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Phoneme Blending

Phoneme blending refers to the ability to identify a word when hearing parts of the word in isolation. This is important for the development of literacy, as well as general language development.

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Phoneme Substitution

Phoneme substitution refers to the ability to replace a phoneme in a word with another phoneme to form a new word. This is a very important step in the development of literacy, as well as general lan

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Phoneme Deletion

Phoneme Deletion is the ability to identify how a word would sound if one sound were omitted. This is a very important step in the development of literacy, as well as general language development.

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Phoneme Isolation

Phoneme isolation is the ability to identify where a sound appears in a word, or what sound appears in a given position. It is important for literacy, as well as for general language development.

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