Why Early Intervention?

Why Early Intervention when he’s just a late talker? “We now know the earlier the intervention, the better the brain can reorganize.” Today, parents are generally told to look for signs of delay early, even in a baby’s first year, and seek help. No one should assume that a silent 2-year-old is a budding genius; silence may be a sign of hearing loss or… Read More

Horns as therapy tools By Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson MS CCC-SLP

Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson M.S., CCC/SLP is on the advisory board for the Cherab Foundation “Horns as therapy tools”, By Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, M.S.,CCC-SLP Published in ADVANCE Magazine May 31, 1999 and “Straws as therapy tools”, By Sara RosenfeldJohnson, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Published in ADVANCE Magazine April 19, 1999. Part I: Straws Using Simple Tools in Oral-Motor Therapy By Sara Rosenfield-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP, and Diana F. Manning Film writers and… Read More

Speech Therapy Matrix

Guideline for Speech-Language Eligibility Criteria/Matrix for Schools In addition to a diagnosis such as apraxia, dysarthria, phonological impairment etc. it’s important to know the severity level of your child’s diagnosis when seeking appropriate therapy.  This matrix which was first developed for school based SLPs. In the following chart Mild, Moderate, Severe, and Profound refers to the severity of the child’s speech disorder. Know the… Read More


Parent Friendly Signs of Verbal Apraxia

See also: A Reason to Know the Signs of Oral Apraxia … from a parent Written By Lisa Geng in 2000 My son Tanner was diagnosed with both severe oral as well as verbal apraxia, but each child is different, and some may not go through all the signs that Tanner had, with his severity, and/or some children may have other aspects. Here are… Read More

Possible Oral Apraxia or Oral Motor Warning Signs

There are two types of oral motor problems. Oral Apraxia is a disorder where the child, who typically is a “late talker” is unable to coordinate and/or initiate movement of their jaw, lips and tongue (articulators) on command. An Oral Motor Disorder, which could be a different oral motor problem than apraxia (could be from weakness/dysarthria for example) is the second type, in which… Read More

Strategies to Enhance Mealtime Behaviors

by Michelle A. Ortega, M.S., CCC-SLP 1. Make a point to set a calm, relaxing tone for the mealtime. Control the lighting, sound and movement in the eating environment. 2. Establish “sitting behaviors”: Make sure the child is in a comfortable, well-supported seat. Have small fidget toys or books at the table to entice the child to sit. Make a placemat out of photos… Read More

Why Early Intervention?

by Lisa Geng All of us hear the same thing “just a late talker” Which may be the case. However early intervention therapy is harmless -and it may stimulate your child to speak even sooner. If your child begins to speak fluently after two sessions -no more therapy! If your child does have a speech disorder vs a simple delay in speech however -Early Intervention not only provides… Read More

Feeding Strategies to Increase Sensory Organization

by Michelle A. Ortega, M.S., CCC-SLP Michelle Ortega was our speaker for our June, 2000 meeting and is Tanner’s private Speech and Language Pathologist. If you found the above information helpful, you may also want to read Mealtime Tips, also written by Michelle. 1. Increase the tactile input of the food by mixing textures. Add sliced fruit to yogurt and applesauce. Use milk sparingly… Read More

Why underlying speech and language disorders in conditions from ADHD and autism to dyslexia and DSI need to be addressed

Even though speech and language disorders are the number one disability in children, and on the rise for some reason, genetic or environmental or both, and even though the importance of early detection and treatment to children exhibiting early speech and language delays has been well researched and documented, there is little awareness about its impact on learning and behavior. The silence both from and about… Read More

A Letter To Parents Who Have A Child That Is A Late Talker First Written 7/4/00 and Update from 10/03

Acknowledgment from The Late Talker book: “”…Thanks to my two boys, Dakota and Tanner. Your communication delays were a motivating wake-up call to do something to help both of you and others. Your success from early intervention is an inspiration, providing hope for all late talkers. Without you there would not have been a Cherab Foundation and the greater awareness of speech challenges that has helped so… Read More