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Supporting Literacy Development in AAC Users

June 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Literacy, the ability to read and write, is an essential skill for academic success in individuals with disabilities especially those utilizing AAC as a primary means of communication. This resource summarizes how to support AAC users in early literacy development. Beukelman, D. R., & Light, J. C. (2020). Augmentative & alternative communication: Supporting children and […]
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Encouraging Non-Nutritive Sucking in Infants

June 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Non-nutritive suck has been found to be one of the single most important prognostic indicators of motor, cognitive and oromotor development in neonates and term infants. Loeb, D. F., Imgrund, C. M., Lee, J., & Barlow, S. M. (2018). Preterm neurodevelopmental outcomes following orosensory entrainment intervention. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 24(4), 203-207. Poore, M. A., […]
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Quick Reference Guide to Early Language and Speech Sound Treatment Approaches

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This is a quick guide to what evidence-based treatment approaches exist to tackle speech sound and language disorders in children under 6 years old. Alt, M., Meyers, C., Oglivie, T., Nicholas, K., & Arizmendi, G. (2014). Cross-situational statistically based word learning intervention for late-talking toddlers. Journal of Communication Disorders. Peter, B., Potter, N., Davis, J., […]
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Parent Training Tips for AAC Implementation

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Parents and caregivers are the initial teachers of communication skills to young children. Children who require augmentative and alternative communication to support language require additional support from caregivers to acquire the language as well as access the language within their system to functionally communicate. Laubscher, E., Pope, L., & Light, J. (2024). “You Just Want […]
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Culturally Affirming Executive Function Skills and Supports

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource helps you recognize and support executive functioning skills from non-dominant cultures and helps to broaden the perspective on therapeutic interventions for executive functioning challenges. Alcalá, L. (2023). The developing of executive function skills through culturally organized autonomy and helping. Infant and Child Development.House, R. J., Hanges, P. J., Javidan, M., Dorfman, P. W., […]
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My Child Stutters: Now What? Parent/Caregiver Handout

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This is a parent/caregiver handout that provides a starting point for families to begin navigating the impacts of stuttering on their child. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2024, March 2). Stuttering. Mayo Clinic.
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Pediatric Feeding Data Collection Sheet

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Using data to support feeding decisions can be vital in improving feeding outcomes in infants. This chart provides a consistent way to monitor feeding outcomes with input, output and quality indicators to monitor quality-based feeding.
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Reference Guide to Early Language Standardized Assessments

April 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This is a one-stop resource for a comprehensive list of early language standardized assessments with strengths, weaknesses, and when to use. Sansavini A, Favilla ME, Guasti MT, Marini A, Millepiedi S, Di Martino MV, Vecchi S, Battajon N, Bertolo L, Capirci O, et al. Developmental Language Disorder: Early Predictors, Age for the Diagnosis, and Diagnostic […]
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