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Apr

Communication is Dynamic

Communication is a dynamic process. It goes way beyond the words we say. Many people interchange the words communication, language, and speech; but these terms are not synonymous. Speech refers to the actual words or sounds that are coming from your mouth. Language is the grammar, meaning and ability to use the words you have. …

10
Apr

Perspectives on Behavior

All children exhibit less-than-desirable behaviors at one time or another.  Sometimes children exhibit many of these behaviors throughout the day, especially in the case of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.  The behaviors can take over everyone’s lives and become the focus of our interactions with these children.  Too often we blame the child, when what we …

12
Mar

One Step Back, Three Steps Forward: Dysregulation and Development

I’ve been thinking about dysregulation and developmental “growth spurts” lately, as my 9-month old daughter has had a weeklong stretch of frustrating behavior. Normally she is a very easy baby; content to hang out with us and do whatever. She generally likes to be held, likes to play with toys on the floor, sleeps through …

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Mar

Experience Sharing Communication

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP Take a moment to read this short conversation between a mother and son. As you read, think about what is being communicated. Are you able to get a picture in your head? “Hey mom, you’ll never believe this! I saw a baby turtle in the road.” “Really, I wonder how …

26
Feb

More than Words

I recently read the book “Growing Girls: The Mother of All Adventures”. Jeanne Marie Laskas, a mother of two little girls adopted from China, writes this story. What an adventurous life this family has, and what a fun book to read. Her writing style has kept me interested in what is going to happen next, …

13
Feb

Unplugged Time Together

In a culture where our lives have become inundated with electronics, it is important for parents to teach children the value of spending “unplugged” time together.  Whether your children are toddler or teens, here are some simple electronics-free ideas you can implement to encourage the development of relationships, communication, and thinking skills:

8
Feb

Ask the Horizons Team: How much of an evaluation should you share with the school?

Question: My husband and I recently had a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation done for our 10-year-old son due to concerns in the areas of attention, immaturity, and reading comprehension. The results were thorough and very helpful to us as parents, especially as we think about how best to support his learning and behavior both in and …

6
Feb

The Art of Decision Making

What constitutes a good decision?  It depends on the person(s) involved in, or affected by the decision.   It can be very difficult to determine the best choice, and some decisions are not always popular.  It is my belief, however that when making a decision whether it be which pair of pants to wear in the …

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