Stuttering in Preschoolers

Parents often wonder if stuttering in their young child is normal. It makes parents nervous when they hear their child repeating words and sentences as they are trying to speak, but many children do go through a normal period of time where they are showing some stuttering-like behaviors.  These normal stuttering behaviours may include repeating words and phrases at the …

Is your child a “late talker”?

For the first 12 months of a child’s life, parents are focused mostly on developmental milestones like learning to sit up, crawling, eating solids, learning to walk, sleep patterns, etc. Around 10 to 12 months of age is when a child should be starting to say their first words.  Prior to saying their first words, we are looking to hear …

What are Motor Speech Disorders? – Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a severe speech disorder where children have significant difficulties planning, coordinating and using their articulators to speak clearly. These difficulties involves the use of their tongue, lips, and jaw which make them very difficult for others to understand and are often observed when the child is first learning to speak. Their ability to “program” …

18-Months: An Exciting & Important Age For Toddlers

It’s no secret that kids grow up fast, but they grow up REALLY fast between the ages of one to two. That’s the time when a child transitions from infant to toddler, and it is a period of rapid physical and developmental growth. 18 months is usually the age when toddlers are recommended to see their doctor for an enhanced …

Screen Time and How It Relates to Communication Development

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently updated and revised its guidelines for children and adolescents revealing information on screen time and how it relates to communication development.  For infants and toddlers, age 15 months to 2 years, it is recommended to watch and engage in the technology use alongside your child by repeating what the video says and/or drawing …

Speaking in Pictures – A guide to Alternative & Augmentative Communication

Have you ever heard the term AAC before? It stands for Alternative and Augmentative Communication and it refers to any method of supporting someone’s ability to communicate with others. A few examples are: a book with pictures, an iPad application, or a dedicated device with a voice output function. A child who has significant difficulty with his or her pronunciation …