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Did you know that “language” is different from “speech”?

If you or your child visit a speech-language pathologist, the differences between receiving “speech” therapy or “language” therapy can get confusing.  Speech is a verbal way of communicating, and depends on how we make sounds in patterns that are understood by those around us.  Language is made up of a socially shared code of rules that include how words go together grammatically, what words mean, how to make new words (pre+test=pretest), and how to use communication socially. If you want to learn more or inquire about our speech and language therapy services, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Reach us by email at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or by phone at (425)-748-7000

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Why categories are so important

Knowing a dog is an animal is a vital skill, but it can be difficult to access this information for those with a language impairment.  Categories are important for remembering linguistic information and organizing it in our brains.  The ability to categorize is developmental, but you can work on this important language skill with your child at home.  Try sorting items in your house and/or toys into different categories like “animals” or “food”.  Once items are sorted, talk about how you can divide them into smaller categories like “birds” or “fruit”.  Interested in learning more? Get in touch with Cogwheel Clinic today! You can reach us by email at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Should you scold your child?

It is an automatic human reaction to tell a child they are doing something wrong or bad, while the child is doing it. This is usually seen in the form of “stop doing that”, “quit it”, and “I told you not to”. This is a general reaction we all have to seeing something we do not want our children to do. However, some children purposely engage in this behavior to get a reaction out of you. This would be an example of a child maintained by attention. Their behaviors are reinforced by receiving a response out of you (i.e., they are getting what they want). This is not the case of every child and even every behavior shown by one child. It is something that you should just be mindful of the next time you go to scold you child. Instead try to praise them for any appropriate behavior you see them doing them. By flooding them with constant attention it reduces their want for your attention. For more information, email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com, or give us a call at (425)-748-700

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Help protect your child’s hearing!

We hear thanks to tiny “hair cells” that live inside the cochlea, or the snail-shaped organ beyond the eardrum.  Hair cells can be damaged by exposure to loud noises and don’t grow back.  The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association cautions that sounds louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss.  However, some iPods and other MP3 players can produce sound upwards of 110 decibels!  Protect your child’s hearing by avoiding loud noise whenever possible and using earplugs/earmuffs when loud noise is unavoidable.  If you can’t hear someone clearly three feet away from you…it’s too loud!

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Problem Solving

Problem solving skills are important to learn from a young age. It helps us become more independent individuals and a functional member of any team! Having children become an active participant in the problem solving process rather than simply doing/solving the problem for them can increase their independence and cognitive skills. Try engaging children in a variety of situations where they need to help you solve! For example, “help me set the table for dinner”
-How many people will be eating? (how many of each item do we need!)
-What kinds of dinnerware do we need? (bowls or plates!)
-What kind of utensils do we need?
-Will we need napkins?
-Where should we set the dishes down? (location of dinner)

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Sensory Savvy – Chewies

Chewies are a funny name for a great oral motor/sensory tool. Chewies are typically silicon based (FDA medicalar grade approved and BPA free), and come in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. They are an alternative for those who mouth toys, chew on clothing, or require significant sensory input. Chewies come in different resistances to provide the most beneficial sensory feedback.  Chewies can look as simple as a tube, or as complex as a bracelet or necklace. Your occupational therapist is best suited to assess your child’s possible need for a chewie and what kind they would benefit from the most. For more information about this great tool, feel free to contact us!

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