Children's Speech Therapy Center

Children's Speech Therapy Center Specializing in pediatric speech therapy, Northern Virginia’s Children’s Speech Therapy Center (CSTC Therapies Inc.)

provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for children of all ages.

Spring Break Day Trip Idea: Locally, we love the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Wi******er but we do frequent it ...
03/20/2024

Spring Break Day Trip Idea: Locally, we love the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Wi******er but we do frequent it often and my children were looking for a new experience. The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is only a few hours away but easily provides a day of fun and learning. There are so many play stations that provide open-ended opportunities for language. We personally loved exploring the Rocket Room, the Alice and Wonderland exhibit, and the large water play section. There is also a huge grocery store/food prep/restaurant area that we probably could’ve spent hours in. Engaging in purposeful play opportunities allows children to accept and observe new perspectives, engage in cooperative activities, work on their negotiation skills, and problem-solve with others. What is your favorite children’s museum?

Ms. Alicia’s family is back at it with a winter cooking activity! This is an easy recipe that many children can complete...
01/16/2024

Ms. Alicia’s family is back at it with a winter cooking activity! This is an easy recipe that many children can complete without too much adult support. Stay warm inside while your children collect several cups of snow. Then address various vocabulary words (e.g., ingredients, pour, add, mix, stir, sprinkles, syrup) and descriptive concepts (e.g., colors, shape, size, amount) at whatever level your child is currently at! These activities can also target cooperative play, problem-solving, and decision-making. Hope everyone is enjoying the snow!

STEM games are not only motivating but they often are easy targets when tying in academic concepts and speech/language g...
11/22/2023

STEM games are not only motivating but they often are easy targets when tying in academic concepts and speech/language goals. All of these toys explore cause/effect and problem solving. They can also be used to target higher level language tasks like explaining and analyzing. When building them together, we can work on turn-taking, perspective taking, and flexible thinking. You can also use them to work on a variety of academic or therapy targets like attributes, actions, prepositions, sequencing, comparing/constrasting, following directions, etc. Let us know your favorite STEM toys in the comments!

Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! game: Complete different gross movement challenges every game. Use this game to practice c...
11/21/2023

Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! game: Complete different gross movement challenges every game. Use this game to practice cognitive flexibilty, vocabulary, following directions and turn taking!

Stomp Rocket: In addition to working on a variety of gross motor skills you can use the stomp rocket for turn taking, modeling and expressing action words, and requesting.

Cooking tools: We love these age-appropriate kitchen tools to get our little ones working with us in the kitchen at home. Cooking activities provide opportunities to work on following directions, vocabulary, describing and requesting, and narrative langauge.

Fat Brain Toys Teeter Popper: We love to move in the Teeter Popper! This is a great toy for our kids that like to be moving. It encourages gross motor skills and imaginative play. Practice requesting, labeling (e.g., pop), and open-ended play!

Fat Brain Toys Squigz: Great for gross motor play, requesting, spatial concepts, categorizing/sorting, encouraging speech sounds (/p/ for pop), and following directions.

The next installment for our gift guide is board games!  We love board games because they give you the opportunity to ha...
11/17/2023

The next installment for our gift guide is board games! We love board games because they give you the opportunity to have fun and enjoy time with your child and also target speech and language goals without feeling like you’re doing more “homework.” Board games encourage cooperative learning and can be used to target any speech and language goal. We’ve separated our recommendations into good family games, games that specifically target expressive/receptive language, and games that use language and get your child moving (always good for those winter indoor days!) If you aren’t sure how you can use a new game to target speech and language goals, reach out to your speech pathologist. We’re happy to help!

We are kicking off our gift guide with our pretend play recommendations! Children learn best through play and pretend pl...
11/15/2023

We are kicking off our gift guide with our pretend play recommendations! Children learn best through play and pretend play offers so many language opportunities. We can introduce vocabulary, expand language, practice flexiblity and perspective taking, practice joint attention and cooperative play, reinforce routines or teach new routines, and reinforce grammatical structures all through imaginative play. Let us know your favorites in the comments and as always feel free to DM us if you have any questions about imaginative play with your child!

Don’t forget to provide your feedback on LCPS’ proposed reading curriculums before November 16.
11/06/2023

Don’t forget to provide your feedback on LCPS’ proposed reading curriculums before November 16.

Halloween tips for our neurodiverse community.
10/16/2023

Halloween tips for our neurodiverse community.

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. The more vocabulary that your child knows, the more they w...
08/14/2023

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. The more vocabulary that your child knows, the more they will be able to comprehend what they hear and read. Swipe through our slides for some ideas to help build vocabulary with your child.

For the month of August, we will be sharing some Kindergarten readiness tips. Let’s start with building phonemic awarene...
07/31/2023

For the month of August, we will be sharing some Kindergarten readiness tips. Let’s start with building phonemic awareness! Strong phonemic awareness is one of the strongest predictors of reading success. Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize and manipulate spoken words. Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate the individual sounds in those words. Try some of these activities at home to build and reinforce phonemic awareness before your child starts kindergarten!

Many children get completely immersed in water play. It’s a great time to target speech and language goals just by playi...
07/21/2023

Many children get completely immersed in water play. It’s a great time to target speech and language goals just by playing with your child. The beauty of water play is that you can target articulation, expressive/receptive language, pragmatics, and/or executive function just by doing an activity that your kids already love. DM us if you need any ideas for water play this weekend! For our local Loudoun families, have you visited the splash pad at Hal & Berni Hanson Park? It’s a summer favorite for eliciting all kinds of language!

Pretend sink/ice cream truck:  Great to address following directions, receptive/expressive sequencing (first, next, last...
07/12/2023

Pretend sink/ice cream truck:  Great to address following directions, receptive/expressive sequencing (first, next, last), labeling and requesting new vocabulary, pretend play, and turn-taking.
 
Marble run/magnetic tiles: building toys are a great way to address executive function skills. They involve sustaining attention, organization, visualizing a final product and creating a plan, problem solving, and flexible thinking.
 
Instruments: Musical instruments can be used to encourage imitation and requesting. They can also be used for labeling, describing, and concept reinforcement (e.g., loud, fast, slow, quiet). Use them to mark syllables in multi-syllabic words.
 
Dinosaur toys: Target prepositions by moving the dinosaurs around the mat, have your child build a scene and describe it to you. Hide the dinosaurs and work on inferential language by giving your child clues. Practice wh-questions and labeling verbs.  Listen to your child’s play schema involving the dinosaurs and expand their language!
 
Stacking blocks: Work on concepts receptively and expressively (in, out, on, off, big, little), take turns building and knocking down (a toddler favorite!), labeling nouns and verbs (e.g., blocks, colors, crash, build) requesting,  and describing the pictures that are on the blocks
 
Cars: Using cars to practice core words (e.g., stop, go, more) turn taking, requesting, making choices, environmental noises (e.g., beep, vroom, zoom), imitation, use as an opportunity to listen to your child’s
language and expand or comment on what you are doing while playing.  

We are all moved in at our new location! Looking forward to welcoming you all next week.
07/02/2023

We are all moved in at our new location! Looking forward to welcoming you all next week.

Books are a great way to practice a wide variety of speech goals!!This month many of our therapists are using The Pout-P...
06/21/2023

Books are a great way to practice a wide variety of speech goals!!

This month many of our therapists are using The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen to target therapy goals. This book can be used for kids of any age!!

💡Label and identify the characters in the story

💡Talk about how things look and emotions that they are feeling throughout the story

💡Model action words to describe what different characters are doing

💡Basic Concepts: Find something “small” | Find the item "under" the "big fish"

💡Phonological Awareness: RHYMING!! This book is full of rhyming words at the end of every other sentence

💡Higher level vocabulary: This book is jam packed with new words for your reader to learn how to decode and add to their vocabulary

💡 Speech sounds: Find words throughout the story with their sounds in it. Once you say the word, ask the child to repeat the word OR read the sentence again and pause for your child to fill in the word.
- L-blends: glum, gloomy, clam, place, blub, floats, slender, slightly, plants, blinks,
- S-blends: spread, just, scaly, scowl, squid, slender, squiggly, squirmy, squelchy, smile, straight, destined, swimmer, aghast, stone, statue, smooch
- Additional targets: final consonants, SH, CH, initial /f/, final /s/, r-blends and more!!

💡Sequence and retell the story

💡Talk about the main idea and moral of the story

💡Identify narrative structures: Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution, End Feelings

Can you think of additional goals to target??

We are pulling out all of our favorite games to get ready for our summer social groups! This year we are using games to ...
06/14/2023

We are pulling out all of our favorite games to get ready for our summer social groups! This year we are using games to target team building, self-advocacy skills, problem solving skills, future planning skills, and perspective taking. Let us know if you think we are missing out on any great games!

The best way for younger children learn from screen time is to have an adult involved facilitating.  Just like reading a...
06/07/2023

The best way for younger children learn from screen time is to have an adult involved facilitating. Just like reading a book, children will learn more on apps if you talk through what’s happening together. As stated in our previous post, not every moment of the day needs to be educational. 20 minutes of iPad time can also be just for fun while adults finish a task around the house or recharge.

If you want screen time to be an educational experience, engage in the experience with your child and narrate what they ...
06/07/2023

If you want screen time to be an educational experience, engage in the experience with your child and narrate what they are watching or ask questions. However, parents shouldn’t feel guilty about every moment of screen time. If you need to turn the tv on while you cook dinner, there is no evidence that that’s harming your child’s language development. Look at your family dynamics and needs to make a plan that aligns with your ideals around screen time.

As speech therapists we are often asked if the use of technology impacts language development. The simple answer is YES!...
05/04/2023

As speech therapists we are often asked if the use of technology impacts language development. The simple answer is YES!! Check out these facts about the impact of technology on your growing baby's language development!!

Information from this post was derived from:
https://identifythesigns.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Be-Tech-Wise-With-Baby.pdf

Check back tomorrow for more information regarding technology use with toddlers!!

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Ashburn, VA
20147

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Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
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