Helping your Child Learn to Love Vegetables!

Does your child refuse to eat their vegetables? Or maybe they did were younger and then stopped eating vegetables as they got older? We know this can be very stressful for parents, who are concerned about their child getting all the vitamins and nutrients veggies provide. You’re not alone! Here are some quick tips for supporting your child’s exploration of vegetables in fun and inviting ways! Choose vegetables in a similar size, shape, and/or color …

Toy Recommendations (Preschoolers)

Today on the blog we discuss toy recommendations for preschoolers. This is the last blog post in our toy recommendation series. For preschoolers the main focus is for toys that emphasize independence, build gross and fine motor skills, address problem solving, encourage language development and creative play.    Toy Recommendations for Preschoolers  Turn-Taking Games. Board games are great for children learning to share and take turns. They allow for children to learn patience while they …

AAC and Aided Language Input

What is aided language input? Aided language input, which goes by many names including aided language stimulation and partner augmented input, is when a communication partner uses an AAC system to speak to the AAC user, while simultaneously verbally saying the message. Why Is Aided Language Input important? Think about how long we speak to children, providing ongoing input, before we expect them to speak.  AAC is no different.  If a child is to learn …

How to be a Picky Eating Detective

We love this topic because this is often where we see parents have the biggest “AHA!” moments in understanding their child’s eating habits. Children who are picky eaters often do or don’t eat foods based on one or more of the following characteristics: shape, color, texture, flavor, and smell.  When we hear parents say things like this, we immediately put on our food detective hats: “My child only eats orange foods.” “My child won’t eat …

Toy Recommendations (Infants)

It is easy to become overwhelmed with the many choices of toys on the market. It can also be overwhelming to shop for kids who already have everything.  As a PT, I have some favorite toys and games that address many educational and developmental issues.  This blog series will cover the best toys for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. These toy recommendations will foster a child’s development; encourage opportunities for exploration, learning, movement, and independence.    …

Play with Your Food!

The secret to learning to eat more foods is…. PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD!! Before our mess-conscious moms and dads click away in a hurry:  1) We get it! We like clean houses, clothes, and hands too!  2) Messy play does not have to happen at every meal. Twice a week? Once a month? Start where you are! 3) We can always teach manners for different social settings alongside this, or after they’re eating more foods!  …

Importance of Tummy Time

What is tummy time? Tummy time is the time your baby spends on his or her tummy while awake and supervised.  Tummy time is an important activity your baby should participate in during the day in order to develop strength in their head, neck, and upper body muscles. It also helps build coordination and strength to promote gross motor development such as rolling over, reaching, sitting, and crawling. Tummy time will also help to prevent …

AAC and Vocabulary

What vocabulary should be in my child’s AAC system? When considering vocabulary in an AAC system, we want to be sure it’s a robust vocabulary.  When I first began in this field, more years ago than I care to count, focus was very much on providing a small set of symbols, all nouns, primarily to request.  There has been a significant shift away from this over the years.  We now better now.  We know we …

Prematurity Awareness

Each year 15 million babies are born premature worldwide. 1 in 10 babies are born premature in the United States.    What is preterm labor and premature birth? Normal pregnancy lasts between 37-40 weeks, from the start of the last menstrual period. Preterm labor is labor that starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy.  When babies are born this early they are consider premature. Premature labor and premature birth can cause health problems at birth and …

The Basics of AAC Implementation

My child has an AAC system…now what? We will go into more detailed information in future blogs, but here are some basics about implementing AAC. Vocabulary Vocabulary is an important consideration.  When we consider AAC we think about core and fringe vocabulary.  Core vocabulary is a small set of 300 words that makes up 80% of what we say, including verbs, pronouns, prepositions, describing words and question words.  Fringe vocabulary makes up 20% of what …

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.