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Fun and Effective Ways to Read with Children

Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents can do. Here are ideas for using this reading time to build your child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun for both of you. Click below for ideas if your child is: 0-3 years old in preschool, Head Start, or day care in …

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Best Toys for Speech and Language Development

As a speech-language pathologist, one of the questions I am asked most often is “What toys should I buy to help my child talk?” With the holidays approaching, I thought a gift guide outlining my picks for the best toys for speech and language development might be just the thing some of you are looking for. The toys on this list include many …

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Reading With Your Child

Start Young and Stay With It At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, …

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Building Social Skills for ADHD Children

Making eye contact. Not interrupting. Taking turns. If your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) needs help with these and other social skills, you may want to give “role-playing” a try. By testing out various personas, he can see how simple changes in what he says and does can help him get along better with friends and family members. …

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Bridging the Communication Gap Between Parents & Children

When did talking to kids become so hard? It shouldn’t take a Ph.D. in Human Relations and ten years of college debate-team experience to communicate with your kids, but sometimes your kids may make it feel that way. Blame social media, Multiple Electronic Screen Disorder, or the way we parent, but the point is that the social landscape of childhood …

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Ten Things to Ask of Professionals Working with Your Special Needs Child

A Fresno, California mother made headlines recently when she sued her daughter’s teacher and school administrators. The mom had paid a surprise classroom visit and allegedly found her developmentally delayed seven-year-old locked in a makeshift cage and wearing a soiled diaper. The principal of the school reportedly told police the cage was a safety precaution that had been used for …

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Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain

THIS month, many Americans will take time off from work to go on vacation, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. And many of us will feel guilty for doing so. We will worry about all of the emails piling up at work, and in many cases continue to compulsively check email during our precious …

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2014 Christmas Food Drive

Total Communication Inc. participated on behalf of the Mina Project at Hope Community Church with Trader Joe’s in Raleigh, NC, to help provide and deliver meals to our families in need.  Here are some of the pictures of the food drive items. What a wonderful abundance! “Just finished dropping all the goodies from Total for my Families. They were all …

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