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Monday BRIEFS: Quick musings in child related research.

Fast ForWord is a series of computer programs designed to improve language and reading skills in 4-14 year-old kids with language difficulties. The system is sold and marketed by the Scientific Learning Corporation (www.scilearnglobal.com/the-fast-forword-program/).

The system has been adopted extensively by schools across the USA, Canada, [...]

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This week wanted to write about a study that examined the association between language skills, externalizing behaviors (e.g., aggression, defiance, etc), and peer rejection in elementary school. We know that language delays have many negative consequences for the children’s academic and social functioning. One common consequence is an increase in externalizing behaviors. That is, on [...]

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A few weeks ago I wrote a study that showed that exposing premature babies to Mozart music may lead to metabolic changes that facilitate weight gain and better medical outcomes. That study is an example of one credible and positive outcome that came out of the “Mozart effect’ craze. Unfortunately, most of the other [...]

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Friday’s Column “Focus on Language” by Nicole Hess.

One of my jobs as a speech language pathologist is to evaluate children who have speech delays, and one of the most common questions that I answer for parents is whether their child will have problems learning how to read. It has been long held [...]

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Friday’s Column “Focus on Language” by Nicole Hess.

I get this question ALL the time. In fact I just gave a talk to a group of preschool teachers and this question came up: Can teaching sign language to my baby delay his talking? Let’s look at what the research tells us about using signs [...]

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BRIEFS – Focus on language:

There is a new product on the market to assess language for children between the ages of 0-48 months. It is called the [...]

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BRIEFS

When I was a new speech language pathologist I did not have children. I was not even married. Even though I think I was a good clinician, nothing compares to the lessons I learned after I became a parent. It changed my therapy and my approach to clients both young and old.

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How does parental depression effect a child’s language development?

In the latest issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Dr. James Paulson and colleagues published a large epidemiological study of parental depression 9 and 24 months after the baby’s birth. They were interested in examining the effect of parental depression on parent-child reading [...]

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