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Speech Therapy Services of Cincinnati, Ohio offers in home therapy services targeting a variety of speech and communication disorders.
Megan Hutchinson, M.S. CCC-SLP offers speech therapy services in a unique, home-based approach which allows your child to develop their communication, speech and language skills in the comfort of their most natural environment, their own home. Megan will create a comprehensive, research based speech therapy program specific to your child's needs. Megan will work with the family and child on their individual goals-providing training and resources to families to implement goals outside of speech sessions to ensure generalization of skills! Contact Megan to set up an initial consultation or get your questions answered.
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Speech Tip: Make sure to use good speech that is clear and simple for your child to model starting at birth. Use baby talk only if needed to convey the message and when accompanied by the adult word. "It is time for din-din. We will have dinner now." Be sure to always use correct grammar and good articulation! Remember, language learning begins long before a child can talk!
Toddler Talking Tip: Wait, Wait, Wait! Don’t anticipate your child’s needs. Delay your response to your child’s pointing, gestures or babbling when he wants things. Pretend you don’t understand what he wants. Allow enough time for him to process information and find the words that he needs to say.
Toddler Talking Tip: Don’t pressure your child. Communication should be fun and interactive. Don’t ask your child more than 3 times to answer a question. Children tune out when they feel pressured.
Toddler Talking Tip: Ask open-ended questions. You want to encourage your child to use his words and to avoid answering yes/no questions. For example ask; “What do you want?” as opposed to “Do you want the ball
Toddler Talking Tip: Sing to your child. Children love music! Songs promote vocal play, imitation, attention, listening and speech. For example: “The Itisy Bitsy Spider,” “Twinkle, Twinkle little star” or “The Wheels on The Bus.”
Toddler Talking Tip: Expansion Modeling: Try and add one to two words to what our child says when responding back to him. For Example: Child says “daddy” and you say “daddy home.”
Toddler Talking Tip: Praise your child. Respond to your child’s speech attempts with non-verbal and verbal praise. This will encourage him to try and communicate more.
Speech Tip: Sing simple songs and recite nursery rhymes to show the rhythm and pattern of speech.
Toddler Talking Tip: Parallel Talk: Talk out-loud about what is happening to your child. Describe what he is doing, seeing, hearing and feeling when he is in earshot.
Red flags for possible speech and language delay: 18 months: --Is not saying 10 single words (don’t have to be pronounced perfectly) 2 years: --Does not say at least 50 single words --Is not combining words into two-word phrases* (e.g., “mommy go”, “daddy ball”) --Does not follow simple directions (e.g., “Roll the ball”) --Does not point to named body parts or pictures 3 years --Says only one or two words at a time (e.g., “kick ball” instead of “I kick ball to daddy”) --Cannot answer “what” or “who” questions. --Does not initiate conversations; speaks only when spoken to, or only repeats what others say* --Strangers understand less than half of what child says Concerned? Contact me for an in-home consultation.
Toddler Talking Tip: Self Talk: Talk out-loud about what you are seeing, hearing, doing and feeling when your child is in earshot, this will help increase receptive language
Speech and language Milestones: By 24 months your child should be producing b, d, h, m, n, and p in words. They should also Produce Most Vowel Sounds Correctly and at least 6-8 different consonant sounds. Concerned about child's speech development? Contact me to set up an in home consultation today!
Play has been recognized as an essential component to children's healthy development. When playing with children it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it. Here are some Do's and Don'ts when playing with your child: 1. Do give your children the chance to choose what game they want to play and how they want to do it. Forcing them to do something they don’t like, or find too difficult, just isn’t fun. 2. Don’t solve every task for your child; encourage them to solve the problem themselves. Doing something for a child isn’t playing. 3. Do remember that all children are different: some like physical energetic play, some love word games, some are born to perform and some can’t stop making things (and destroying them). So think about the kinds of activities your child likes and let them take the lead. 4. Don’t be a 'competitive mom or dad'. Children often say parents play to win. Learning how to lose is an important social skill, but try to keep games enjoyable and let them win too - sometimes! 5. Don’t be afraid to join in with your child’s make-believe games. Children love it when parents play act and it lets their imaginations run wild. 6. Do get out of doors and play: it’s healthier and more fun - and if they get dirty or wet, well that’s what baths and washing machines are for. (That goes for messy play indoors too). 7. Do let children teach you how to play with their toys or computer games. They will take great pleasure in the role reversal and telling you what they know. 8. Do share a game you used to play as a child, like hopscotch or making camps. Think of the things you most enjoyed playing. The chances are your children will enjoy the same things. 9. And finally - enjoy playing. If your child is having fun but you aren’t, just leave them to it. If they’re not having fun, suggest something else.
Not sure what book is appropriate for your 3 year old, here are some great suggestions: - Rain, Rain, Rain Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson - Jamberry by Bruce Degen - The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta - The Three Bears by Paul Galdone - Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert - The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky - Ducks on a Bike by David Shannon - It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw - The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - Sylvester And The Magic Pebble by William Strig - Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber - Mouse Paint by Ellen Soll Walsh
Reading to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development and, later on, achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school. Here are some tips for ways to encourage literacy in your children's life: 1. License to read. On car trips, make it a game to point out and read license plates, billboards, and interesting road signs. 2. Better than TV. Swap evening TV for a good action story or tale of adventure. 3. Look and listen. Too tired to read aloud? Listen to a book on tape and turn the book's pages with your children. You'll still be reading with them! 4. Labels, labels, labels. Label things in your children's room as they learn to name them. Have fun while they learn that written words are connected to everyday things. 5. Pack a snack, pack a book. Going someplace where there might be a long wait? Bring along a snack and a bag of favorite books. 6. Recipe for reading. The next time you cook with your children, read the recipe with them. Step-by-step instructions, ingredients, and measurements are all part of words in print! 7. Shop and read. Notice and read signs and labels in the supermarket. Back home, putting away groceries is another great time for reading labels. 8. Your long-distance lap. Away on a business trip? Take a few books with you, call home, and have your child curl up by the phone for a good night story. 9. A reading pocket. Slip fun things to read into your pocket to bring home: a comic strip from the paper, a greeting card, or even a fortune cookie from lunch. Create a special, shared moment your child can look forward to every day. 10. A little longer? When your child asks to stay up a little longer, say yes and make it a 15-minute family reading opportunity.