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Speech & Language Development

New Free Family-Oriented Early-Literacy Apps [downloadable]

Three new early-literacy apps — released for free from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative — are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children. They’re designed to create fun and rewarding interactions, get families talking, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive. Read more ›

Online Therapy for Babies and Toddlers With Delays Often Works Well — but Funding Isn’t Keeping Up With the Need

In the United States, an estimated 15 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have developmental delays or disabilities; in children’s first years, some of these delays may be evident in late acquisition of skills like crawling, walking and talking. Research shows that early help from experts in the form of speech, physical or occupational therapy and support from pediatric specialists can have profound results for children and often help them meet the same milestones as their peers. Read more ›

Is the Pandemic Contributing to a Speech Delay in Your Child?

As kids hit toddlerhood, making sure they’re on track with major development milestones such as talking can sometimes be difficult to judge.

But when kids hit toddlerhood during a pandemic – when they’ve likely been kept out of group childcare environments, had way more screen time than you would otherwise have liked, and spent a lot of time being spoken to by masked adults – it can be much harder.

Learn how to spot a speech delay in your child and what you can do at home to help. Read more ›

Ten Ways Children With Language Disorders Can Maintain Both Physical Distance and Social Connection During the Coronavirus Pandemic

With social distancing (or more accurately, physical distancing) a new way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, people of all ages are challenged to find different ways to connect socially. However, for children with language disorders—who have difficulties with social interactions in the best of times—the physical distance mandated to prevent the pandemic’s spread can be especially challenging. Read more ›

Gifted and Dyslexic: Identifying and Instructing the Twice Exceptional Student [downloadable]

As individuals, each of us has a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses. But sometimes we are exceptionally strong or weak in certain areas. In the school setting, students with exceptional strengths and weaknesses may have different instructional needs than other students. Twice exceptional or 2e is a term used to describe students who are both intellectually gifted (as determined by an accepted standardized assessment) and learning disabled, which includes students with dyslexia. Read more ›

Inside an Evaluation for Learning Disorders [video]

When a child is struggling in school, the first step to finding help is figuring out what’s getting in his way. As a starting point, you need an evaluation of your child’s learning profile, to identify strengths and weaknesses, and suggest what kind of support he might need to thrive. Read more ›

The Clinician’s Couch: a Thing of the Past?

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

In early March, as surreal rumors of a shelter-in-place order for the Bay Area began to percolate, CHC immediately began transitioning to a remote-first model of care for kids, teens and young adults.

Thanks to a HIPAA compliant healthcare platform on Zoom, the nonprofit mental health agency could continue to deliver best-in-class education and mental health services during shelter-in-place, with the level of trust and expertise the community has counted on for nearly 70 years. Read more ›

Children’s Literacy Program: Storyline Online [web resource]

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Storyline Online®, a children’s literacy website produced by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Read more ›

Is This Normal? Top 5 Things to Know About Your Young Child’s Development

Written by Melanie Hsu, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Early Childhood Program Manager at CHC

Many parents note that one silver lining of these scary and unprecedented times is the opportunity to spend much more time with their children. However, this increased attention can sometimes lead to more worries: is my child delayed? Are they reacting to the anxiety of these times? Or am I just more concerned and sensitive because of my own personal stress? Read more ›

Developing Lifelong Learners [video]

If you’re a parent and want your children to develop into lifelong learners, there are a range of things that you can do. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development created a video series in which NICHD experts provide tips on how to encourage lifelong learning in your children using math, language, and reading skills. Read more ›

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