Getting Started With Sign Language

Last week, a lot of information was presented on why using sign language for early communication is a fantastic idea. This week, we will take a look at some signs to use when getting you and your child started with sign language. Research shows that children are quicker to remember and understand signs that are ‘iconic,’ meaning they resemble the action or item that they are representing (Thompson et al., 2012). The following examples are …

Tiny Toilets: Bed-wetting

Bedwetting, also called nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis, is an involuntary urination while asleep. By the age of 6 years old, 90% of children are able to remain dry overnight. For the other 10%, bedwetting can remain a challenge into their teenage years and beyond. There are two different types of bedwetting: primary enuresis and secondary enuresis. Primary enuresis is defined as the child never developed nighttime dryness; secondary enuresis is defined as the child …

Benefits of Using Sign Language with Children

Imagine you are a passenger in a car and suddenly a dog wanders into the street in front of you. In the split second you have to communicate to the driver, it feels impossible to calmly state, “Watch out for the dog.” People will point, tap, grunt or squeal to indicate a dog is in the road! When stress and time crunches are involved, sometimes the ability to speak goes right out the window. In …

How Sensory Processing Can Affect Eating

Does your child love to jump and “crash” into furniture? Do they enjoy loud music, bright colors, and messy play? Does it feel like you’re chasing a tornado around the house?! We get it.  Or, is messy play like the.worst.thing.ever?! Maybe loud noises, like the blender or vacuum cleaner, result in crocodile tears and horror movie screams? Do they come home from the playground with bumps and bruises, but they can’t remember where they came …

Tiny Toilets: What to Expect

What to expect? Our pelvic floor therapy is offered virtually and is completely non-invasive. Our specialist will meet with you over Zoom to discuss your child’s full health history. This includes medical history, developmental milestones, symptoms, and goals. It will include a virtual assessment of your child’s strength, range of motion, muscle flexibility, posture, breathing patterns, movement patterns, and pelvic and core stability. This information will help our specialist determine the best course of treatment …

Gross Motor Development: Crawling

Gross Motor Development: Crawling Crawling is an important milestone for babies to accomplish. This typically occurs between 6 to 10 months.  Crawling is a reciprocal movement (movement on one side will then be copied by a movement on the other side and continue back and forth) babies used to explore their environment, move from one place to another, become independent, and many other activities.  Benefits of Learning to Crawl Building block for other development milestones: …

Saying Goodbye to the “Clean Plate Club”

We don’t know about you, but clearing your plate was the sign of success during our meals growing up! “No dessert unless you finish your dinner!” “Think of the children who don’t have food!” Sound familiar?! Our programming from childhood often comes back when are parents. That is so natural. Actually unavoidable. So if you’ve heard similar words come out of your mouth–this is a judgement free zone! We’ve been there! AND we want to …

Tanya Scott, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Tanya moved from Boston to San Diego. She earned her Master's degree from Emerson College in Boston, in Communication Disorders in 2004 and a second master's degree in Assistive Technology from Simmons College in Boston, in 2012. Tanya has provided speech and language services for children who have complex communication needs, using low and/or high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with varying diagnoses. Tanya has been mentored by experts in Rett Syndrome and complex communication needs. She is PODD trained and attends the yearly assistive technology conferences. She has experience using a variety of AAC devices and working with alternative access, including eye gaze and switch use. In her free time, Tanya enjoys exploring San Diego, going to the beach and spending time with her dog.