What Can I Do to Help with My Child’s Language Development? The Hanen Program

Parents are often told they are their child's first and most important teacher. As true as this is, parenting is full of challenges, and when children don't seem to be meeting typical developmental milestones, parents may feel they are not equipped to help their struggling children. For children with developmental language delays and disorders, the...
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Improving Your Child’s Social Communication

Social Communication... Pragmatics... you may have heard these terms before but what do they really mean? What are the challenges for children with pragmatic language deficits? What can you do to support your child and help improve his/her social communication? Pragmatics, or social communication, refers to the rules that govern the use of language in...
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Engaging Young Children in Conversation

Recent research highlights the significant effect engaging children in conversation has on their language development (July 2009 issue of Pediatrics). While it was once thought that children mostly needed to be provided with language input, i.e., reading, story telling and simple narration of daily events, it is now understood that being actively engaged in back...
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Understanding Children’s Speech Production

Child: "Look at that tat mommy!" Mom: "Tat?" Child: "No, tat!" Mom: "Cat?" Child: "Yeah, tat!" Mom: "Yes, what a nice cat!" Speech development is a complex process involving a child's mental representation of a language's sound system (phonological development), production of individual speech sounds (phonemes), and the ability to sequence movement of the articulators...
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