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Know the Type of Educational Assessments

Every year–usually in the spring–schoolchildren across the country take standardized tests. These tests are purported to show how much a child has learned in a given year. The results will show how your child compares to other children. Often they will show a percentile ranking. If a child is at the 53rd percentile, that means…

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Keeping Track of Your Child’s IEP Documents

Keeping Track of the IEP If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at school, keeping track of all relevant documents is essential. Bringing all the documents together in one place helps make the IEP process go more smoothly. Your child’s IEP binder can be as simple as a 3-ring binder with a few page…

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Fighting Vocal Fatigue

Everyone experiences vocal fatigue from time to time. Irritation, overuse, and chronic reflux are a few causes of vocal strain. When you experience a hoarse voice, it is time to take action to protect your valuable voice. What to do when you’ve observed all the precautions?  You’ve had a relaxing day, kept well-hydrated, avoided anything that…

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Preschool Learning Activities

At every turn, a parent can find gadgets, games, and gear guaranteed to give a child a leg up on learning, but a preschooler’s education need not cost a fortune. With a little imagination, anyone can turn inexpensive household items into great toys that will stimulate hands-on learning. Be creative and explore the world through…

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Using Labels and People First Language

My son has Down syndrome. So far, it isn’t much of a big deal, it just means that I think about Down syndrome and labels more than I used to. And I’ve been thinking about labels for a long time, so thinking about them more, well I guess that is something. Many years ago, I…

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Does Your Child Need Pressure Equalization Tubes?

For children with chronic ear infections, pressure equalization (PE) tubes may be just the ticket to better health and normal speech development. Ear infections can produce a fluctuating hearing loss, especially when fluid is present. While the effects are generally temporary, recurrent ear infections can cause a prolonged period in which your child is hearing…

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If Your Child Needs Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children with speech, language and swallowing difficulties. Audiologists diagnose and manage hearing and balance disorders. If your child has difficulty with any aspect of communication, contact your pediatrician and ask for a referral for a speech and language evaluation. Consult a professional Look for a speech-language pathologist who holds the…