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I Didn’t Even Know I Was Dancing

Learning to Dance In my first full time job at a school working as a speech pathologist, I learned a new dance. My “dance floor” was a portable building on the campus of a school for kids with moderate to severe disabilities. “Inclusion” was a word that would enter our vocabulary later, and when it…

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A Child’s First Word

In most cases, a child will produce her first word around the time of her first birthday, but the foundation for communication comes much earlier.  By about 8 months of age, a child has developed the concept of object permanence, the ability to understand that an object exists even if she can no longer see…

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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…