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A Smart Pediatrician Won't Leave Your Child Speechless

Parents often tell me that their pediatrician recommended that they shouldn't take their child to a speech-language pathologist unless the child isn't speaking by age 2. I have immense respect for pediatricians because they are caring individuals who know a lot and often are right; however, when it comes to speech and language development, they are not the specialists. A brief phone call and possibly a consultation with a speech-language pathologist can save parents a lot of worry and help prevent a potentially lifelong problem for their child. Many fellow parents also reinforce such advice from pediatricians. In this Huffington Post article, a professor from William Paterson University in

Foundation Provides Free Materials on Stuttering

The Stuttering Foundation, which provides free online resources at www.StutteringHelp.org for people who stutter and their families as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering, has donated books and DVDs to libraries across the country. These materials are available at several libraries in Morris County, NJ, including the Morris County Library in Whippany. Foundation books are appropriate for parents of children who stutter, adults who stutter, speech pathologists, pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, health care professionals, teachers and others. The DVDs feature some of the world's leading therapists who work with children who stutter. The Foundation also makes avai

Using Music to Stimulate Grammar and Language Development

Fascinating research at Vanderbilt University suggests that musical training may help children improve their auditory processing skills and language development. Researchers note a correlation between rhythmic sensitivity and the ability to produce more complex sentences. It’s worth listening to this NPR report: www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/01/530723046/using-music-and-rhythm-to-help-kids-with-grammar-and-language. Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy

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