Get Set for School: Tips to Help Ease Your Child’s Transition Back-to-School

It’s that time again….. summer is coming to a close and the new school year is upon us. The transition from summer to school can be a difficult one for many children (and parents!). Are you worried about getting your child ready for the new school year? Well do not fear, the team here at […]

So Your Child Needs Speech Therapy? Here’s What to Expect…

Whether you heard concerns from your child’s pediatrician, teacher or well-meaning relative or you began searching for speech-language therapy due to your own persistent worries, the source of concern is what matters most: your child’s speech is difficult to understand. You have likely gained immense skills in the art of translation and can understand your […]

When Your Child Can’t Make Friends: Improving Social-Pragmatic Communication Skills

Among the vast variety of speech-language deficits that SLPs treat (discussed in this previous post ) are social/pragmatic communication difficulties. Sometimes a child’s challenges with communicating in social situations arise from speech-language deficits such as articulation errors or a stutter which, in turn, may reduce a child’s self-confidence and cause them to refrain from social […]

Oral Motor Exercises CAN Improve Speech!

The efficacy of non-speech oral motor exercises is a topic that has been debated among speech-language pathologists for quite some time. While many SLPs claim that oral motor exercises involving breath and various movements of the tongue, lips, cheeks and jaw will increase strength and accuracy of speech sound production, others state that these exercises […]

Speech Therapy for Kids: When and Why Do They Need It?

We’ve all seen and heard the stereotype: Sally (who happens to live down by the seashore) can’t say her /s/ sounds, and it’s so darn cute. Cue speech therapy. While speech therapists are well versed in the area of correcting articulatory errors in children and/or adults alike, the practice of speech-language pathology encompasses so much […]

When It Comes to Food…It’s All Child’s Play

It’s an age-old expression, often heard at dinner tables where pouty young children sit and fiddle with their uneaten veggies in order to avoid putting them anywhere near their mouth: “Don’t play with your food!” Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists who incorporate feeding into their therapy sing a different tune. They say, “Let’s play!” Awareness […]

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Listening Therapy, Another Effective Tool to Assist with Sensory Integration

At Children’s Therapy Connections in Orland Park, we are Certified Providers of “The Listening Program”. When Occupational Therapy is used in combination with The Listening Program, it can “jump start” the nervous system, accelerating the effects of treatment by stimulating auditory processing, as well as other sensory systems.These systems, vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, and auditory, are […]

What You Need To Know About Sensory Processing Disorder

What is Sensory Processing? Sensory processing the how the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. A persons ability to be successful in daily activities relies on how the nervous system processes the sensations the body is experiencing while engaged in the activity. When a child […]

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development (Birth – 6 Years Old)

Birth to 2 Years Encourage your baby to make vowel-like and consonant-vowel sounds such as “ma,” “da,” and “ba.” Reinforce attempts by maintaining eye contact, responding with speech, and imitating vocalizations using different patterns and emphasis. For example, raise the pitch of your voice to indicate a question. Imitate your baby’s laughter and facial expressions. […]