Accent Reduction

What program does RLLC use to address accent modification?

The Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language Program was developed by Dr. Arthur J. Compton, a speech-pathology researcher and clinician, beginning in the 1970’s….

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General

What Should My Child Know Before Kindergarten?

Parents are often concerned that their child might not be ready for Kindergarten. Today, I will share the top 5 skills that children should be…

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Guidance for Helping Children In-Person and Virtually Amidst COVID-19

We know it can be difficult to navigate the new modified classroom settings. Some schools are still virtual while others are in-person. We want to…

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We Were Featured in a Podcast!

The lovely folks over at Zebra Ears Podcast had us on to chat about Early Speech and Language Development. Give it a listen here, or…

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The Inside Story with RLLC

The Importance of Turn Taking with Gabriele Nicolet

Episode Notes:  In today’s episode we’re talking to Gabriele Nicolet about Turn Taking. Gabriele is a speech language pathologist in the DMV area. She specializes…

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Dual Language with Gabriela Teran

Episode Notes: In today’s episode we’re talking to Gabriela Teran about Dual Language. Gabriela is a therapist here at the Reading and Language Learning Center….

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Behaviors with Dr. Lynn Adams Part 2

In the second half of this two part episode we finish our discussion with Dr. Lynn Adams about Behaviors. If you missed last week’s episode…

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Language and Learning Disabilities

Is there a relationship between music and language?

Language learning and music perception require related auditory processing skills.  The early developing brain processes language as a type of music. Infant-directed speech is often…

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What are the stages of Early Language Development?

From birth to 3 months a child should began to recognize familiar voices and smile reflexively. A social smile should develop at around 3 months…

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How do I know if my child has Dyslexia?

Dyslexia looks different at different ages. The only way you will know for sure is by having your child tested.  Here are some red flags…

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Preschool Language

Why is crossing midline so important?

What is the midline?  Our bodies have an imaginary line down the center that divides the body into left and right.  What does it mean…

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My son is not talking, should I wait?

According to The Hanen Centre,  At 18 months old, a toddler should have approximately 20 words varying in nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives, and social words. …

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What should my child know before Kindergarten?

Parents are often concerned that their child might not be ready for Kindergarten. Today, I will share the top 5 skills that children should be…

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Reading Disorders

Why Is Phonemic Awareness so Important?

Phonemic Awareness (PA) is a foundational skill that is critical for learning to read. In English (phonemes, which are tiny speech sounds) are mapped onto…

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How do I know if my child has Dyslexia?

Dyslexia looks different at different ages. The only way you will know for sure is by having your child tested.  Here are some red flags…

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What are sight words?

Sight words are written words that can not be decoded (sounded out) and must be memorized. Examples of these words are “the”, “and”, “you”, “said”,…

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Speech Sound Disorders

When should my child stop using phonological processes in his/her speech?

Phonological processes are speech sound errors that occur in patterns.  In younger children, these are sometimes developmentally appropriate.  However, some of them should disappear by…

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What are Vocal Nodules?

Vocal nodules are non cancerous growths on the vocal folds. They affect the way a person’s voice sounds. The voice can sound hoarse, lower in…

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What is the difference between an articulation disorder and a phonological disorder?

Articulation refers to the movement of speech mechanisms such as the tongue, lips, larynx, teeth, hard palate, nose, etc., These mechanisms may not work properly…

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Stuttering

What is Cluttering?

Cluttering is a fluency disorder in which an individual speaks rapidly and/or with an irregular speaking rate and demonstrates excessive disfluencies.  Symptoms: Talking too fast…

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My pre-school child is stuttering, what should I do?

My pre-school child is stuttering, what should I do? When your preschool child suddenly begins to stutter it can be alarming. One day they are…

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Stuttering

Blog by Marguerite Bonadies Stuttering is a communication disorder characterized by an interruption in fluent speech. Stuttering typically emerges in childhood (known as developmental stuttering),…

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