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 Need help motivating your child to practice their speech and language skills at home? Well, Playdough can help! Here are some great activities and tips you can use at home!

Articulation Practice:

  1. Practice target sounds
    1. Have your child practice the targeted sound 5-8 times, and then create a Playdough item together.
    2. Pick out a color that has the target sound. For example, /p/ for pink. Every time your child pushes down, squeezes or molds the Playdough, practice saying the sound.
    3. Use Playdough cut-outs for target sounds. For example, the animal cow can be used to practice the /k/ sound. Make 3-5 of those Playdough cut-outs. As you point to each cut-out, have your child practice saying “cow”.

Language Activities:

  1. Colors
    1. Every time you pick out a different color of Playdough, ask your child to point or label it.
  2. Vocabulary
    1. Pick out a select group of Playdough cut-outs (animals, food, body parts, etc.). As you make each cut-out, ask your child to point or label it.
  3. Categories
    1. Use a variety of different Playdough cut-outs. As you finish making the variety of cut-outs, ask your child to sort them into groups. Discuss with your child the different categories you have created.
  4. Actions
    1. Create as many different Playdough cut-outs as you want. Take the different cut-outs and start playing with your child. Talk to them about jumping, running, sliding, waving, eating, etc. These actions will help expand their language skills.

Playdough can be a great interactive activity to help your child practice their speech and language skills at home. Always remember the more fun you have, the more they are willing to learn.


Blog originally from team4kids.com


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  • Increase in focus
  • Improves body awareness
  • Increased flexibility and strength
  • Improved balance
  • Provides vestibular input
  • Helps improve fine motor and gross motor skills
  • Visual motor development
  • Provides tactile input


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The new facility will be completed in August of 2015! We are so excited and looking forward to better serving you!

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Become a member of a rewarding, fun-loving, and enthusiastic work environment, helping children with special needs at BizZee Kidz Therapy! You will be helping children in the clinic as well as in a school setting.  The clinic offers specialized pediatric services as well as training and certification opportunities.

Competitive Salary & Benefits:

  • Health Insurance available
  • Continuing Education Allowance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Annual Licensing fees paid
  • Paid Vacation & Holiday
  • Flexible Hours
  • Excellent co-workers and work environment

Exceptional Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday | 8am-5pm
  • No Call, No Weekends, No Nights!!

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Torticollis is a condition in which the head becomes persistently turned to one side, often associated with painful muscle spasms. Torticollis comes from two Latin root words, “tortus” and “collum” which translate to “twisted neck.” Typical presentation of torticollis is a child with their head tilted towards one side with their chin turned the opposite direction (see photo below). Torticollis is generally classified within one of two etiologies, or causes: congenital (present at birth) or acquired (occurring later in infancy or childhood). Torticollis generally affects the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM), a major muscle in the neck region (see picture below), its main function to rotate the head to the opposite side and laterally flex to the same side. Regardless of the etiology of torticollis, the SCM becomes shortened and develops a contracture which limits the child’s range of motion for turning their head or side bending.

For additional information regarding Torticollis signs/symptoms and when intervention is appropriate, visit http://dinosaurpt.blogspot.com/2012/05/torticollis.html?updated-min=2014-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2015-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=17

We have all been in the car with our child making conversation as we make the drive to or from home. You are eager to hear all about their day. As he/she begins to tell you about their most recent experience you realize that you have a difficult time deciphering the story because some of the speech sounds just aren’t quite right or clear. Some speech sound errors are normal during the developmental years. When a speech sound error continues to occur beyond the expected age of mastery, then this is considered a speech sound disorder. The following link will provide the expected developmental norms for speech sounds in Missouri.


The “A” Word

As a parent you often find yourself comparing your developing child to those of your close friends and family or even his/her peers at the neighborhood park. You closely begin to analyze each developmental milestone; you know the ones that you researched on the Internet! Now you are secretly questioning the way that your child completes day-to-day tasks. As speech-language pathologists working with the pediatric population, we are often asked about the “A” word that has so many parents scared and concerned. Autism spectrum disorders can affect communication, social interaction, as well as other aspects of daily life. The following link will provide some early signs of autism spectrum disorders in infants and hopefully allow early intervention to be initiated sooner.


If you are faced with the “A” word, know that you are not alone. Autism spectrum disorders affect about 1 in 68 children according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Take one day at a time and as the following link says, “be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things…about Holland”


Tummy time is considered laying your baby on his/her belly to play with supervision on a safe surface, such as the floor. It is important to incorporate tummy time into a daily routine for infants for strengthening and coordination to prepare them for meeting other developmental milestones. Tummy time can begin when you bring your baby home from the hospital, unless otherwise specified by your pediatrician. It is recommended to begin tummy time with 3-5 minute sessions throughout the day and eventually build up to 40-60 minute sessions. You can sit in front of your baby or place toys in front of or around your baby for him/her to explore and facilitate your baby lifting and turning his/her head and reaching.

** The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep on their backs due to safety reasons.

Benefits include:

  • Strengthens neck, shoulder, and back muscles
  • It is a precursor to other developmental milestones (such as rolling over and crawling)
  • Helps prevent flat head (positional plagiocephaly) and positional torticollis
  • Aids in visual development




Let’s face it. You weren’t expecting ADHD, Autism, bipolar disorder, FASD, or any health issues classified as a neurobehavioral disorder. No one does. It comes at you suddenly, from behind, and with great force. It’s more than being blindsided; it’s like falling out of the boat, without a life-jacket, and without knowing how to swim. Oh, by the way, there are piranhas under that dark surface too. It’s unexpected and terrifying.

So what do you do when you’re not expecting a developmental or neurobehavioral diagnosis?

Go ahead. I’m not kidding. Freak out! Panic! Have a pity party.

Feel sorry for yourself, your child, and your family — it’s natural. Take some time to wallow in the fact that your in-utero plans for your child’s future have possibly changed altogether. I know that’s not the advice you expected, but you have to acknowledge and validate those feelings so you can move beyond the shock and grief and eventually reach a good place.

When you’ve cried until there are no more tears and taken in the “Why Me Monster” as though he is your new BFF, come back to the real world and start researching to discover your next steps to get on your way to successfully parenting a child with neurobehavioral special needs. Take as long as you need — there aren’t rules for this and the information will still be there when you’re ready.

First Things First

Okay, stop panicking now. While it feels like it initially, a behavioral disability diagnosis is nothing to panic about. In fact, I challenge you to celebrate the impending clarity that comes with diagnosis. There’s a certain amount of relief to finally knowing why your child is struggling.

There is one essential thing to remember when your child is first diagnosed. You are not alone. Say it with me, “I am not alone. I am not the only parent who struggles with this special brand of parenting.” You may even want to post it on your bathroom mirror and treat it like a personal affirmation for a while. It certainly won’t hurt. Parenting a child with special needs can be very isolating so you will need to consistently remind yourself that others know a similar journey.

Acceptance of your child, just the way they are, is crucial, now more than ever.

Grieve the Loss

I’m sure you visualized your child gloating about their latest “A,” or crossing the stage during college graduation at some point during your pregnancy or adoption process. It’s an innate instinct to want the very best for our children and to visualize their life’s milestones very early.

A special needs diagnosis often initially feels like an abrupt end of many of your dreams for your child. Finding out your child has a disability establishes the possibility that all your dreams for them may not come true. But it doesn’t mean their dreams aren’t possible.

Let’s face it, receiving an ADHD, Autism, bi-polar, FASD, learning disability, etc. diagnosis for your child is tough. No, it’s not a terminal illness or a physical handicap, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel sorry and grieve. Your pain is valid, even if it isn’t as intense as someone else’s. You just found out your child has a neurological disorder — that something didn’t quite go right when their brain was developing — and that entitles you to a period of sorrow. If you weren’t upset about it, that would be something to worry about.

It’s natural to grieve when your child is diagnosed with any disability. Your world has changed — either your expectations have been shattered or you have come to the realization that the madness chaos is here to stay, at least somewhat. While it’s necessary to go through that period of grief, you also have to get beyond it. Feeling sorry long term doesn’t help the situation one bit.

Take a little time to be sad, angry, scared, heart-broken. Sit in a room alone for a couple days. Take a bubble bath until you shrivel. Cry. Scream. Recoil. It’s okay to be irrational for a few moments and let these feelings surface. It’s even healthy, dare I say. Take a few days, maybe a week, to process and work through your feelings — then move on because wallowing is not going to help you or your child.

I sat in front of the T.V. alone in my bedroom and stared out the window for a couple days after my son’s ADHD diagnosis. I cried a lot and I have a faint memory of eating lots of ice cream. I tried not to think about ADHD, yet it was all I thought about for days. Years in fact, if I’m honest with myself.

Gratitude and positivity are the only roads to genuine happiness. For that is how we survive, and eventually thrive. It is easy to feel hopeless when parenting a special needs child. I decided wallowing in my sorrow wasn’t doing me, my son Ricochet, or anyone else any good. Denial and tears were not going to erase his ADHD and they weren’t going to teach us how to do the best for him either. So I chose to direct my compass toward the positive and I moved on to gathering knowledge, the next crucial step.