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Cerebral Palsy and Pediatric Speech Therapy

Collaboration and Communication for Children with Cerebral Palsy. While the medical and research communities are diligently looking for ways to prevent cerebral palsy (CP) by identifying the preventable risks, developing prevention measures and educating the public, others are working hard to help people live with it. Since cerebral palsy, the most common childhood motor disability, often affects speech, Kidmunicate wants to help too. We can do our part by helping children with cerebral palsy communicate with more confidence and by informing our readers about the disorder. One person working hard to help people live with cerebral palsy is Alex Diaz-Grandos, [...]

By | September 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Tips to make your kids smarter and more confident communicators

Want to Make your kids smarter and more confident? Here's how At Kidmunicate Pediatric Speech Therapy, our goal is to help children become more skilled and confident communicators which we believe makes them smarter. We recently found a great infographic (below) called 101 ways to make your kids smarter. What we especially like about this list is that many of the tips help improve communication skills. Increasing a child's skill and confidence at communicating has countless benefits. A child who can communicate verbally will find it easier with the written word, and will therefore perform better in school. A strong communicator [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Babies who use handheld electronics risk speech delay

Delay the use of touch screen electronics for your baby or risk speech delay. A new study has found a link between the use of handheld devices by babies and speech delay. The study was presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. The research studied the correlation between speech delay and time spent by children between ages six months and two years with handheld electronics (smartphones, tablets and electronic games). Of the study group of 1,070 kids, about 70% of the children had no handheld screen time and 20% spent an average of 28 minutes per day using handheld, touch screen [...]

By | May 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Autism Social Stories: Preparing for a Grocery Shopping Trip

A mother of a child with autism wanted help preparing her child for a grocery shopping trip. The sensory stimuli from the bright lights, loud sounds, visually distracting shelves and / or crowded aisles have triggered autism related behavioral issues in the past. Like all moms with children on the autism spectrum, there are times when she does not have a choice and must bring her child to the store with her. She also does not want to isolate her child and recognizes that grocery shopping is an essential life skill. We applaud her efforts to prepare her child for the world. Here [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Musicality of Sign Language

Christine Sun Kim, sound artist and composer, was born deaf. She recently gave an inspiring TED speech on The Enchanting Music of Sign Language. Christine signs while an off stage person interprets her graceful movements, gestures and expressions. Christine is inspiring because she does not let her disability confine her or even define her, no she let's it refine her. She has refined her reactions and outlook to the sounds that she cannot hear in a powerful and empowering way through her visual art. Christine cannot hear, but she does not live in a soundless world. She has learned how to [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Autism Acceptance is Important

New program #lovewithoutwords, by Kulture City is helping improve autism acceptance. On the news, I heard about a new program that promotes the need for autism acceptance by an organization called Kulture City, a non-profit. Kulture City is trying to create a world where all children with autism can be accepted, included and fulfilled. If you follow Kidmunicate at all, you know that we dedicate a lot of time and effort to help children with autism venture out and try new things with our social stories. Our social stories teach children with autism, what to expect, what to do and how to [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Preparing for a Fire Drill Social Story

Fire Drill Social Story for Children with Autism and or Anxiety Disorders Did you know that fire safety and fire drills in schools have been around since the late 1800's? A false fire alarm caused a disorganized mass exodus from a New York City school in 1851. There was no fire, but 40 children were tragically killed in the chaos because they were not trained how to evacuate in an emergency. After this tragedy, many teachers took it upon themselves to show their students how to evacuate a building quickly and calmly, but it was not mandated. Finally, in 1901, the Governor of [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

Autism and Bowling Social Story

Bowling Social Story: Preparing your child with autism for a sport. We developed this bowling social story to prepare an active girl with autism to participate in a sport. We'll call her Lanie. Lanie's parents are both athletic. In fact, both played soccer in college. From the day that Lanie was born, they could not wait to watch their little girl play soccer. For the first few years of Lanie's life, all signs pointed toward an athletic future. At age three, however, Lanie started to show some of the signs associated with autism. By age four, when some kids start pee wee soccer, [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Virtual Reality Driving Simulator for Teens with Autism

We often recommend social stories to help prepare children with autism for new experiences like going to a baseball game for the first time, or flying in an airplane or  going on a beach vacation. These are great experiences that every child should experience with the help of a parent to steer their children through these environments. But what if the parent can't steer and the environment is changing at the speed of a car on a city street with traffic lights, car horns, billboards and pedestrians. How do you prepare an adolescent with autism to drive? Social Stories cannot prepare [...]

By | August 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Kids who hear the talk earlier have a higher IQ

Want a child with a higher IQ then have "the talk" ASAP. If you talk to your children about the birds and the bees early, they will have a higher IQ. Children are never too young to learn, so go ahead and have that conversation with your preschoolers. Of course, I’m talking about real birds and bees and butterflies and berries. I’m talking about helping children 0 to 3 and older develop receptive and expressive language skills through active conversations. You can start the day they are born. Babies and children learn new vocabulary, concepts, categorization, sequencing and grammar by listening to their [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment