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Monday, September 15, 2014

What is the big five you ask? No, we are not confused speech and language pathologists talking about a new football conference (it is football season after all with a lot of teams in new conferences, so I can see how that may be confusing!). We are talking about the big 5 "wh" questions we often work on with children targeting expressive and receptive language goals: Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Thursday, August 21, 2014


There is no doubt about it, the first time a child says “ I wuv you,” every parent melts inside. But at what point is “baby talk” no longer acceptable and you should expect to hear "I love you" instead?

Due to the variation of learning, Lawrence Shriberg, a speech sound guru, created guidelines for sound development for easy understanding. He reported that sounds develop in series of 8- early, middle, and late. The following list summarizes sound development:

Early 8 sounds:

M as in "mom"

B as in "boy"

Y as in "you"

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


An increase in diversity and education is increasing the number of children who are being raised in bilingual homes. Currently one in five children speak a language other than English at home. Bilingualism provides advantages to a language learning child such as learning new words more easily, breaking down sounds in words, and putting words into categories. But how can a child learn two languages when they haven’t mastered one?

Friday, July 18, 2014



Word finding difficulties refers to having trouble retrieving a word that is already in your vocabulary. Ever have a word that is “on the tip of your tongue” but you just cannot think of it? That is an example of word finding difficulty. Many children and adults with language disorders demonstrate word finding difficulties with their everyday communication.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Like many businesses and schools around the area, our office is closed today due to the snow we got overnight and the more expected snow coming later today.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month. Because of that, Therapy Toolbox will write a blog each week in April sharing information about autism and the different areas that autism can impact, such as speech and language skills, social skills, and behavior. We will also provide information about ways to work on these skills in therapy and at home. Today is World Autism Awareness Day, so we are going to start by giving a general overview of autism. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summertime is in full swing and nothing has proven that more than the temperatures this past week. 

I have an 11 month old son, and for anyone that has an 11 month old (or any age child for that matter!), you know how important it is to keep them entertained inside when it is too hot to go to the pool, playground, or park. As the temperature rose and reached the 100 degree mark day after day last week, the need for finding fun indoor activities became even more important, since it was too hot to do anything outside for too long.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Coke or Pepsi. Cookies or ice cream. Goldfish or apples. The world is full of choices and we make hundreds of choices daily without even really thinking about it.  Making choices can be such a powerful language tool for all children.  As children become more autonomous, their desire for control over their environment increases.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Because today, May 23, is "World Turtle Day," I thought this was the perfect time to officially introduce my blog, Chatterbox. Why, you ask, would a speech and language pathologist, who works with children on a variety of speech and language needs, want to introduce a blog on "World Turtle Day?"

It is simple.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Speech. Language. Communication. What exactly do these words mean? As a speech and language pathologist, I am constantly thinking about these three words and all that encompasses them. However, if you do not work in this field, these terms may seem interchangeable. What is the difference between these words? This is one of my most frequent questions, so I thought this was a perfect place to introduce this blog, which I hope will provide information on the different areas of speech, language, communication, development, and more.



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