During the first year of life, your new baby will take the journey that brings him from a crying ball of mush to his first words. It is exciting, breathtaking…and nerve-racking as you ponder whether all this is normal. As part of my new parenting series, I present to you the speech and language milestones and expectations for your baby’s first year. I have also included activities that you can incorporate to maximize your child’s development at that stage.
Month: August 2016
It is an exciting time in the lives of so many of my close friends, and they have each come to me with their most pressing and daunting questions before they become parents for the first time. This month, I will be focusing on the speech, language, and feeding development of children through the first year of life.
People are always shocked when I tell them I specialize in speech therapy with babies. “But they don’t speak yet! How can they get speech therapy?” These first months are some of the most important in your child’s life and will set the stage for future development. Even if your child is typically developing, these tips will help you ensure your child is on the right track. In today’s post, I am going to talk about the most vital of all behaviors—feeding. Read more
As a long-time yoga practitioner, I jumped at the opportunity to begin studying with Sonia Sumar, the creator of Yoga for the Special ChildⓇ. Through her experiences with her own daughter, who was born with Down Syndrome, Sonia designed a Hatha Yoga program that was modified to meet the needs of children with a wide variety of speech, language and learning disorders, as well as those with physical disabilities and genetic disorders. She has shaped this practice over the past 40 years, and I have had the pleasure of training with her over the past two years. So, why do I think that yoga is the perfect supplement for a speech and language program?