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World Down Syndrome Day

Evelyn is an 11-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who has been receiving speech therapy at Creative Speech Solutions since the age of two. Evelyn is very active in sports, and loves gymnastics, skiing, and soccer. She also has a budding career as a fashion model and is...

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Summer Camp for Children with Learning Differences

All children deserve a traditional summertime experience, but not at the expense of valuable opportunities for therapy and support. This is the philosophy of Cynthia Marrapodi, M.S., CCC-SLP, director of Creative Speech Solutions. Camp PAL (Play and Learn) is a unique...

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Summertime Motor Activities

Summertime offers many opportunities to involve children in activities to help improve fine and gross motor skills. With school out this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some links to summer activities that are both fun and beneficial. KidsMama OT...

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April is Occupational Therapy Month!

Occupational Therapy can help children with various needs improve their motor and sensory skills and enhance their self-esteem. Many people think that occupational therapy is only for adults. But kids have “occupations" too; a child's main job involves playing,...

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World Autism Awareness Day

The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is coming up on April 2nd. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events and Autism Speaks celebrates its international “Light It Up Blue" campaign....

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Read Across America Day

Read Across America is an annual celebration of reading that falls this year on March 2, 2016, which is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. There are lots of ways that you and your child can celebrate your love of books and reading along with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, from attending a...

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Holiday Gifts That Support Language Development

Playing developmentally appropriate games with your child can be a fun way to stimulate and support language development. The following games would make great gifts this holiday season for children 4 and up. Be sure to also check out last year’s blog with suggestions...

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Using Books to Encourage Language Development

Children's books can help to facilitate language development and form a positive early literacy experience. Studies have shown that reading to babies starting at eight months of age has a significant impact on early language development. Parents can start with simple...

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Speech and Language Milestones – Age Four

Every child’s development is unique and complex. Although children develop through a generally predictable sequence of steps, they don’t necessarily proceed through these steps in the same way or at the same time. While there is a wide range of what is considered...

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Speech and Language Milestones – Age Three

Speech and Language Milestones – Age Three Parents of preschoolers often express concern regarding their children’s speech and language development, wanting to know how their skills “measure up." While there is a wide range of what is considered “normal" at the age of...

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Building Blocks for Fine Motor Success

As discussed in our previous blog, “Handwriting and Your Child," strong handwriting—and fine motor skills in general—requires sufficient development of certain foundational skills: strength, hand arches, finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination. Just as support...

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Speech and Language Milestones – Age Two

Parents of toddlers often express concern regarding their child’s speech and language development, wanting to know how their skills “measure up." It’s human nature to measure your toddler’s verbal abilities against those of other children her age, but it is important...

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Speech Milestones at age One

Parents of young children often express concern regarding their child’s speech and language development, as they do not know what is “normal." While there is a wide range of what is considered “normal" at the age of one, the following milestones should help provide a...

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Handwriting and Your Child

So often, we as occupational therapists hear comments from parents such as, “My son’s handwriting is terrible but I don’t know how to help him." Or, “My daughter’s teacher is concerned that she can’t write her name but isn’t sure how to help." Handwriting is an...

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Did your Child have a Difficult Holiday Season?

Did your child find the holidays more alarming with fright than joyful and bright? Was he overly fearful of Santa, overwhelmed by crowds at the mall, and miserable at holiday gatherings? Did she complain about the feel of her dressy clothes, cry while she had her hair...

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Do you know what Occupational Therapy is?

Creative Speech Solutions not just for speech and feeding therapy! We also provide occupational therapy screenings, evaluations, and treatment for children of all ages in our new state-of-the-art sensory gym! Our gym also has two private rooms: one designated for fine...

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