Parent Tips for Back-to-School

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It’s that time of year again: Summer is winding down as you gear up for a change in routine. Starting school after summer vacation is a big change for most kids. For little ones going to school for the first time, or for children with developmental or social challenges, it can be especially tough. We […]

Playing is a Skill!

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Play is rich with opportunities for language and social learning. Like any skill, it takes practice to know how to play. This weekend, create opportunities for your child to explore, pretend, build, climb, and connect with her favorite person: You! Wishing you a happy, play-filled weekend!

4 Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Language Skills Every Day

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Here’s how doing these 4 things every day nurtures your child’s language skills: Routines allow for repeated exposure to language during a natural, structured activity, like bath time, bedtime, or mealtime. Reading interactively combines listening to language with visuals, which supports comprehension. Reading also helps children build vocabulary, follow a sequence, predict elements of a […]

Tummy Time’s Role in Feeding, Speech & Language Development

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Tummy Time! Child development experts have sung (and sung) its praises, and most parents and parents to-be understand that it’s important. Placing your baby tummy down on your chest, lap, or supervised on the floor is integral to every aspect of her development. Here, we’ll sing tummy time’s praises again, focusing on its role in […]

Put the Screens Away and Play!

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We’re honored to be featured in the latest edition of the Coral Gables Counseling Center’s newsletter! Click through to read our article about how screens can interfere with language and social development.  

A Mother, A Son and Autism: An ICT Family Story

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This Autism Awareness Month, we are honored to highlight an interview with Julie Jacobs and her 16 year-old son Zev, who has autism and attends one of our social communication groups at Integrated Children’s Therapy (ICT). Zev is the oldest of four children. He has a sister and twin brothers—one of whom has also been […]

Staff Highlight: Katie Sacasa, M.S., CCC-SLP

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This month we’re highlighting one of our speech therapists, Katie Sacasa. Our Co-Founder and Director of Speech Therapy, Mandy Alvarez, says: “Katie came to us with extensive experience in areas that are aligned with our focus on social communication. She has great knowledge about and experience with social thinking-based philosophies and techniques, and that trickles […]

Put the Wipe Down! Pros of Messy Eating for Babies and Toddlers

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A visit to the hand-soap aisle of any store tells the story of an ever-increasing trend towards cleanliness. Anti-bacterial soaps and hand-sanitizers reign supreme and our fear of all things dirty can lead us to clean our babies’ pacifiers every time we put them in their mouths, keep our kids away from dirt at the […]