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What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy? By Kaelyn Green, MA OTR/L  As an occupational therapist, the number one question I get from parents, caregivers, and even other professionals is “What is occupational therapy?". The name...

Articulation at Home: Tips to Support Your Child’s Speech  

Articulation at Home: Tips to Support Your Child’s Speech  

Articulation at Home: Tips to Support Your Child's Speech     By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT Have you ever wondered at what age your child should be making certain sounds? Or maybe you have wondered why your child is mispronouncing some sounds but not...

Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Holiday Gift Guide 2022   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT With the holidays upon us, there are so many wonderful ways we can celebrate and show each other love. If one of your ways to show love is by giving gifts then this guide is for you! I am breaking the...

What Is Imitation Communication and Why Is It Important?

What Is Imitation Communication and Why Is It Important?

What Is Imitation Communication and Why Is It Important? By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTAs a parent or professional working with little ones, I am sure that you have noticed how much children love to mimic what we say and what...

What counts as a word?

What counts as a word?

What counts as a word? By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTOne of the most common questions I get asked by parents is "how many words should my child be saying?" As a parent, you are so eager for your little one to finally start talking. You spend so much time talking...

PREVERBAL SKILLS: The Skills Your Baby Develops BEFORE Talking 

PREVERBAL SKILLS: The Skills Your Baby Develops BEFORE Talking 

PREVERBAL SKILLS The Skills Your Baby Develops BEFORE Talking   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTAs soon as your little one is born, they begin developing prelinguistic skills. These prelinguistic, or nonverbal skills, help in supporting later language...

Packable Proprioception

Packable Proprioception

Packable Proprioception   By Kaelyn Green MA, OTR/LDysregulation and an increase in arousal level doesn’t always happen during visits to the park or while playing at home. It is more likely that an increase in “silly behavior” or decreased regulation occur during...

10 Ways to Boost your Baby’s Language Development

10 Ways to Boost your Baby’s Language Development

10 Ways to Boost your Baby’s Language Development By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTLearning language is a process that starts during your baby’s development in the womb. And from the moment your baby is born, they begin expressing themselves. First through cries...

Halloween Costumes and Sensory Processing Differences

Halloween Costumes and Sensory Processing Differences

Halloween Costumes and Sensory Processing Differences By Kaelyn Green, MA, OTR/LOctober is here and it is officially the start of Halloween celebrations! Whether it is dressing up in costume for trick or treating, or for celebrating at a neighborhood party, dressing...

Dysregulation during Mealtimes

Dysregulation during Mealtimes

Dysregulation during Mealtimes By Kaelyn Green, MA, OTR/LNow that school is in session and schedules are getting busier and busier, sharing a meal with your little ones may be more important than ever. It is so lovely to sit around the table with your family, all...

Handwriting Help! Does Hand Strength = Handwriting?

Handwriting Help! Does Hand Strength = Handwriting?

Handwriting Help! Does Hand Strength = Handwriting? By Kaelyn Green, MA, OTR/LHandwriting is one of the most common areas parents ask me about in my practice. It is such a necessary occupation for classroom tasks, general fine motor development, and visual...

Moving from Words to Sentences

Moving from Words to Sentences

Moving from Words to Sentences Tips on How to Increase Your Kiddo’s Word Combinations   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTThe moment your little one says their first word is filled with magic, so much excitement and a whole new world of opportunities. Childhood...

My Child Just Started Therapy-Now What?

My Child Just Started Therapy-Now What?

My Child Just Started Therapy-Now What?   Setting your Child Up for Success   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTAre you at the beginning stages of getting your little one set up for speech, occupational, physical or behavioral therapy? If you answered YES,...

Help! My child is biting their friends!

Help! My child is biting their friends!

Help! My child is biting their friends!   By Kaelyn Green, MA, OTR/LOne of the hardest things to deal with as a parent may be having to make the apology rounds to your child’s classmates, parents, and teachers after a biting incident. After all, no one enjoys...

What is the big deal about W sitting?

What is the big deal about W sitting?

What is the big deal about W sitting?   By Kaelyn Green, MA, OTR/LAmongst all of the mountains of solicited (and unsolicited) advice parents of toddlers receive, someone down the road has likely mentioned something along the lines of, “Whatever you do, don’t let...

What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy? Addressing the misconceptions and commonly asked questions.   By Kaelyn Green, MA, OTR/LAs an occupational therapist, the number one question I get from parents, caregivers, and even other professionals is “What is pediatric OT?”....

Temper Tantrums: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Temper Tantrums: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Temper Tantrums: What Every Parent Needs to Know   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT Let’s be real, we all know what a temper tantrum is. Whether you are a parent, teacher, therapist, or just someone at the grocery store, we have all seen a child having a...

Summertime Stress: My child is afraid of the beach

Summertime Stress: My child is afraid of the beach

Summertime Stress: My child is afraid of the beach!   By Kaelyn Green, MA, OTR/LAs school is winding down, and the weather is warming up the first thing on my mind is heading to the beach. Is there really anything more relaxing than a day at the beach? With the...

Communication and Behaviors

Communication and Behaviors

The Connection Between Communication and Behaviors   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT  Communication comes in so many forms. Nonverbal communication includes our body language, eye contact, signs, gestures, and so much more! Verbal communication includes...

My Child is 1: What Should She Be Saying & Doing?

My Child is 1: What Should She Be Saying & Doing?

My Child is 1: What Should She Be Saying & Doing?   A Month-by-Month Guide to Speech, Language and Communication Development   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTYour little baby turned one! This is a huge moment to cherish and celebrate! This is also a...

25 Tips for Talking with Your Toddler

25 Tips for Talking with Your Toddler

25 Tips for Talking with Your Toddler   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTChild speech, language and communication development can be so complex yet so rewarding! That moment when your child looks up at you to be picked up, puts her arms up and says “up” or...

First Year of Self-Expression

First Year of Self-Expression

A Guide to Your Little One’s First Year of Self-Expression   A Month-by-Month Guide to Speech, Language and Communication Development   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT  The moment you found out you were going to welcome a new human into your life,...

Valued Voices Online Courses for Late Talkers

Valued Voices Online Courses for Late Talkers

Get Your Toddler Speaking from the Comfort of Your Home: Valued Voices Online Courses for Late Talkers   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTHey Parents! This past year and a half, our worlds have been flipped upside down and back around again and again, and what...

Speech, Language & Communication: What is the Difference?

Speech, Language & Communication: What is the Difference?

Speech, Language & Communication: What is the Difference?   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTIt was about two years ago, I was in invited to do a speaking event for a room full of parents and preschool teachers, my topic was of course my passion: childhood...

Top 5 Toys for Your Toddler

Top 5 Toys for Your Toddler

Top 5 Toys for Your Toddler   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT  Have you ever gone into a store or visited a website and just stared aimlessly at all the products, feeling overwhelmed by the vast selection and thought “which one will be best for my...

Top 5 Apps for Speech & Language Development

Top 5 Apps for Speech & Language Development

Top 5 Apps for Speech & Language Development   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT  Let me start off by making a confession: I don’t own an iPad. When it comes to technology and therapy, I am a bit old school, however, despite my opinions on screen time, I...

Is Thumb Sucking Bad for My Child’s Speech?

Is Thumb Sucking Bad for My Child’s Speech?

Is Thumb Sucking Bad for My Child's Speech?   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT  First off, let me say that thumb sucking is a completely natural reflex. In fact, babies have a natural rooting and sucking reflex that sometimes even begins in the womb,...

Is it Okay If I Expose My Child to Two Languages?

Is it Okay If I Expose My Child to Two Languages?

Bilingualism   Is it Okay If I Expose My Child to Two Languages?   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT  I get asked this question all the time, and the answer is YES! Raising your child to be bilingual can actually be beneficial for your little one’s...

Starting Solids: What do I Need to Know

Starting Solids: What do I Need to Know

Starting Solids   What do I Need to Know?   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT  Introducing solid foods to your baby can be such an exciting moment in your parenting journey, while at the same time being one filled with uncertainty. There are so many...

Screen Time for Kiddos

Screen Time for Kiddos

Screen Time for Kiddos   How Much is too Much?   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTShould I allow my toddler to use an iPad? Are apps okay to use for teaching? Is it okay to give my child my phone or tablet when we are a restaurant? How much screen time is...

Play with a Purpose

Play with a Purpose

Play with a Purpose   How to Use Dollhouses to Develop & Increase Speech, Language, & Communication Skills   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTMany parents often ask me, “should I put my child in a more structured preschool or play-based preschool” and my...

Reading with Your Toddler

Reading with Your Toddler

Reading with Your Toddler   What To Do & How To Do It   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTReading to your little one is critical, but with toddlers, it may not always be as easy as it was once before. First time parents always have a beautiful picture of...

Getting Your Baby to Babble

Getting Your Baby to Babble

Getting Your Baby to Babble   What is babbling and how to encourage your child to babble?   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTOne of the greatest gifts as a parent is having a front row seat to all your child’s successes! The first time they sit up alone,...

Communication & Connection With Your Baby in and out of the Womb

Communication & Connection With Your Baby in and out of the Womb

Communication & Connection With Your Baby in & out of the Womb   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYTParenting doesn’t start when your baby is born, it happens the moment you realize you are pregnant. The bond is instant! When we think of communication, we...

How Can I Help My Child Talk Clearly?

How Can I Help My Child Talk Clearly?

How Can I Help My Child Talk Clearly? Your Child is Talking But You Just Don’t Understand Them: Why?   By Sholeh Shahinfar MA, CCC-SLP, RYT“I cant understand what my own kid is saying” “Nobody can understand her except me” “Other kids his age just sound...

Fisher Price Learning Piggy Bank

Fisher Price Learning Piggy Bank

Fisher Price: Laugh & Learn: Learning Piggy Bank Use the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learning: Learning Piggy Bank to encourage your little one to discover, explore, learn and grow through play!The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learning: Learning Piggy Bank is one of our biggest hits...

I Spy Dig In

I Spy Dig In

I Spy Dig In Use the I Spy Dig In to encourage your little one to discover, explore, learn and grow through play!Every game has it’s set of directions to follow, but there are always ways to adapt games to increase learning and language opportunities for your little...

Wooden Race Track & Car Ramp

Wooden Race Track & Car Ramp

Wooden Race Track & Car Ramp Use the Junior Ramp Racer to encourage your little one to discover, explore, learn and grow through play!   Once your little driver gets a hold of this toy, they will be racing to get to the finish line! The wonderful Junior Ramp...

Child Communication Development in Orange County.

When your toddler is struggling to communicate, it causes confusion and stress for the whole family. You try your hardest to understand their needs, but when they can’t express themselves, you feel lost, and you know in your heart something’s wrong. The fear of the unknown brings sleepless nights filled with unanswered questions…

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