Milestones in Language & Speech

Milestones in Language & Speech

Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy Services; Voice/Accent Modification; Phonological Awareness; PROMPT trained Gracia Holtz Speech-Language Pathologist

Providing children with quality and innovative speech and language services, since 2004.

Conversation is hard. That's normal. | speech IRL

Communicating can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help overcome our conversational anxieties.  Communication anxiety prevails. Awkwardness is a fate worse than death. Being silent, isolated, and avoidant is the only path for anyone who is not a naturally gifted communicator. And that last part is the worst...because almost everyone except for you seems to have an easy time with conversatio...


Speech Pathologists are heroes ❤️

That speech pathologist lady is amazing. . .🤗💖
Credit: ViralHog

Texas Boy Thought to Be Nonverbal Can Speak After Dentist Discovers He's 'Tongue-Tied'

Amazing! Within 12 hours of surgery, Mason Motz was having conversations for the first time.

[09/01/18]   Sour — it wakes a mouth up! ❤️

The Language Nerds

Speech is fascinating.

An MRI of what happens inside our mouths when we speak.

Because of Them We Can by Eunique Jones

Get ready to be AMAZED and INSPIRED after watching this brilliant 4-year-old give a speech about the benefits of reading at a middle school teachers' back to school training.

Video credit: Kang-Xing Jin/FB

*posted with permission via Valeb Stewart, cc: Brilliant Little Leaders

#blackexcellence #becauseofthemwecan

My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock

10 Ways to Help Your Kid Eat Faster in the Chaos of the Cafeteria!

University of Virginia

UVA researchers have found a link between an expectant mother's microbiome and a child's risk of autism-spectrum disorders.

My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock

Some much needed research about procedure that I have long been supporting for kids with posterior ties. For many children, the improvements in speech and feeding are immediate. Thanks for sharing, Melanie Potack!

Dr. Baxter of Alabama Tongue-Tie Center - Richard Baxter, DMD, MS and I hope to present together at the The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association this year. Here's the latest published case studies by Dr. Baxter and Lauren Hughes. Congratulations!!! Please share!

Kids Talk, Speech and Language Pathology Services

Speech and Language Milestones
Baby's First Year

Andi's Smile Page

This is such an inspirational story about a lovely teen making a difference! ❤️

Thanks for sharing, Kelly Ayers Sheehan

Here is the video link I promised!
Smile Train

Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

So true!

My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock

Happy to help! Book an hour on my website here:

Kids Talk, Speech and Language Pathology Services

Speech and Language Milestones
Baby's First Year

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

This is frightening. Please vaccinate.

On the brink of Autism Awareness Month comes this article reporting that, despite no scientific evidence linking vaccines to the risk of developing autism, many parents are still choosing to forgo the recommended vaccines in their children, even those already diagnosed. Here is the link to the original article, which appeared in JAMA Pediatrics:

Beautiful. Please Share.

Dear Coach K,

I've never met you, though you've walked past me many times on a stretch of beach called Pine Knoll Shores. I didn't want to bother you, but wish I had known about your gift to Steve Mitchell. His departure from this earth has offered the story of a life well-lived. Steve was the man who sat behind you in Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium for the last 37 years and I know you miss him this season.

He did a lot in his sixty plus years. He was born with Down syndrome and his family shrugged off the doctors and took him right home. He was integrated in an era that made his parents ground breakers; school or church, Steve was there. I am a special needs mama too and with parenthood comes advocacy, their forging a path has benefited so many. You called Steve "a good friend who had some challenges." What a gift of inclusive language.

The story goes that in 1980 the only thing Steve Mitchell wanted for Christmas was a Duke basketball ticket, not an easy score, but Steve's brother had a construction company and was hired to renovate the new coach’s, Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, house. He asked you how one might find a ticket to buy and explained his brother’s Christmas wish.

“He can sit behind me,” you said. Did you know how life changing that gift would be?

The following season, Steve wrote you a letter saying, “Coach, I know we’re going to have another great year. I was hoping that I could sit near you again.” You said yes to a family that may have heard no far more often. He wrote you a letter every year for 37 years and this is the first season that a ticket, reserved for one Steve Mitchell, isn’t waiting at will call. Steve would collect his ticket and make his way to his seat behind you (usually with the help of his favorite usher, Fran), a tradition that was life changing for his self-confidence, according to his family. You shook his hand before every game.

Thank you, Coach K.

Mamas of special needs kids know that kindness extends far beyond team affiliation and we know that our team is the best of all. Welcome to the club. And to Steve? Godspeed, my friend and thank you.

Adrian (Amos's mom)

Of the hundreds of stories for 2017, this was my favorite to write. ❤️

C2 Education - Severna Park, MD

Reading aloud benefits your children on many levels: bonding, comprehension, listening skills. And, it’s fun!

A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade. Reading aloud helps develop reading comprehension.

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Special Books by Special Kids

❤️❤️❤️ He really does have "the best laugh in the world."

Turner is diagnosed with Down syndrome and wants to be like his big brother.

Griffin, lovingly referred to as Biffin, has realized that he is fortunate to have a younger brother who will be his best friend for life.

Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes

Please vaccinate.

A family from Brooklyn is outraged after their infant girl was exposed to measles on a flight out of LaGuardia. Fliers in more than a dozen states were put on notice about the contagion on board.

Hearing loss, diminished verbal fluency and hospitalizations can signal cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, studies find Spotting signs is crucial because drug treatment and prevention strategies are most effective at the earliest stages of dementia

The world's first waterpark for children with disabilities has opened – the pictures are wonderful A big thumbs up for this initiative!

Mom Tells Baby Girl "I Love You." Internet Can't Stop Laughing At Baby's Comeback Thankfully the camera was rolling to get his captured on tape.

George Takei


I'd be honored to get my coffee from any of these hard working young men and women.

via ATTN:


Helen Keller proved to the world that Deafblind people should be given access to education and language. Here's how she did it.

Down Syndrome on The Mighty

In just two months he's sold more than 1,000 pairs.

My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock

Kids chewing on collars and sleeves? Here's what to do!

More tips like this on The Picky Eater Video Course at! #SLPeeps #OT #RD #Parent

My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock

Yummy, refreshing H2O!

The American Academy of Pediatrics says water, not juice. But how do you get little kids to drink more H2O? Here's how... #AAP #Parenting #Toddlers #Preschoolers

TODAY Parents

Love this. ❤️

"Tayler has had speech therapy for years. But sometimes, even when you do everything right, progress isn't made. ... Sometimes stagnation can look like a mountain. Like Mount Everest. But even mountains can shift."

Thank you, Keli Gooch, Writer, for sharing this post on our TODAY #ParentingTeam.

I can't wait to order this!

Research shows that sensory exposure to vegetables leads to eating vegetables. My new book, Adventures in Veggieland, has over 100 activites or recipes for exposing, exploring and expanding your child's veggie love! Click here for pre-order pricing: and here for research: #pickyeater #vegetables

ASHA Advocacy

ACA Repeal Passed by the House, Next Step the Senate

"I have autism. Watching television helped me more than therapy."

I can't wait to meet Julia. ❤ It’s one reason why Julia, Sesame Street’s new autistic Muppet, is so important.

Beautiful daddy-daughter moments - NTD.TV

Music to my ears. Enjoy. ❤ They say that mom is the best for parenting little kids, and the role of the father will come when the child is older. Assuming the father is better for teaching the kid about the outside world, he is firm, strict and the child will learn from him about important life lessons. When the child is …

Albert Einstein


A British physicist uses Einstein's theory of special relativity to explain how Santa (yes, good ol' Kris Kringle) is able to travel around the world, shrink through chimneys, not age, and deliver gifts to kids on Christmas Day. This is a fun read from our friends over at Grapevine |

Asperger Experts

"As part of the event, lights will be dimmed, music will be turned off and store staff will be reduced"

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

People with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia often struggle with initiating and maintaining conversations. Speech-language pathologists can help them by leading, prompting and guiding discussions using simple statements and questions. But so can family members and caregivers. SLP Eileen Eisner provides some useful tips to share with families to help them engage in conversations with their loved one.

My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock

Melanie's book is a "Must-Read!" for those of us with challenging eaters! ❤️

Here is another one of her excellent articles!

My phone's been ringing off the hook. Why? Because parents just had parent-teacher conferences & teachers are more aware of feeding disorders, thus raising the issue with parents. How do you know it's just a phase or something else? I've got some guidelines for you...#pickyeater #SLPeeps #OT #Parenting #Pediatrician #Teacher

Therapy and Learning Services Inc.

Looking forward to this!


Switching between languages, for instance, engages the brain in executive functioning and strengthens the ability to stay focused.

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