Category Archives: Language

Fitness Challenge Celebration – May 2017

This is what happens when a team of San Francisco speech language pathologists decide to have some fun-spirited competition to get our bodies moving some more.  We divided into two teams (Team A and Team B) by drawing names from hat. Team A consisted of Kimberley, Allison, Lisa P, Pha Pha, Eileen, Rachel, Laura and Claire and Team B included Casey, Laurel, Michelle, Robyn, Hillary, Lisa C, Kim N and Jennifer. We decided that for every 10 minutes of mindful movement that would equal one point and we defined mindful movement as active walking, hiking, group classes, weight training, etc. It … Continue reading

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Client Appreciation Party

We had such a fun day celebrating our clients! Our amazing team of speech therapists joined forces  Gateway Learning Group, San Francisco’s incredible team of ABA specialists.  What an amazing turnout – we collected over 150 books and stuffed animals for Project Night Night. Elsa showed up to paint faces, we rocked out with Allison Faith Levy Band and ate delicious food from Tacolicious.  Today was just a small token of our appreciation to our dedicated families. It was fun to see the children’s reactions when they saw us outside the therapy room.  Thanks to all who took part in today’s … Continue reading

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Classroom accommodations for children with CAPD

Last month, we discussed Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and defined some deficits that kids with CAPD often share. Now that it’s fall and the school year is back in gear, it’s important to make sure that students with CAPD can succeed in the classroom. In a city as diverse as San Francisco, teachers are used to adapting their classrooms to fit the needs of educationally and culturally diverse students. Diverse learners include students with CAPD, so here are some suggestions for teachers of children with CAPD:  Seating Seat students with CAPD in the area of the room that is … Continue reading

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Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)

Auditory Processing Disorder: What is it and what is it NOT? Many children who attend speech therapy have difficulties with processing sounds. Some children we see at our San Francisco practice have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), often called Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). While our services page has a list of some specific areas that children with APD may have trouble with, here is a breakdown of some broader categories of auditory language skills that ASHA identifies as difficulties for children with APD: Sound localization and lateralization Being able to tell where sounds come from (localization) or determining if it … Continue reading

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Receptive Language

The two categories of language skills are receptive language and expressive language. Receptive language refers to how children interpret any type of linguistic information they receive (comprehension). Children who experience trouble with receptive language may not be able to understand language that is presented in writing, verbally, or both. Here are some ideas for fun activities that will encourage your child’s developing receptive language skills: 1. Games for following directions Games that use direction following are great to practice receptive language skills. These kinds of games help children practice listening skills in a fun way:  Simon Says This is a … Continue reading

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Language – all day, every day!

As children learn, everything and every person in their environment is continuously influencing them. One way to think about language learning is to picture kids as little scientists, constantly experimenting with how the world reacts to their sounds, words, sentences, and stories. There are endless opportunities for parents to encourage their kids to grow every day! Many strategies that we use when talking to babies and children come naturally, but this outline from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) lists some wonderful and simple strategies that can encourage expressive language development. Here are a few of the main concepts they suggest: … Continue reading

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