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Amazing Ways Children Begin Speech Development Before Birth

January 31, 2017


Speech development starts in the womb around 20 weeks gestation when the baby begins listening and studying their mother’s voices.

After birth, mother’s instinctively speak to their babies in a sing-song voice perfectly suited to foster shared moments and teach speech production.

Simply amazing!!  I’ll be posting additional information on this fascinating area of study in speech, language and communication development.

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

Importance of Music in Your Toddler's Life

May 21, 2017

There is a lot of research that indicates how important music is in many aspects of your child’s development.   Learn more ...

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

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September 13, 2017
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Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 


Autism - Speech Predictor

July 19, 2017

Researchers at the University of Texas just published findings reporting that imitation behavior of children with Autism can be a key predictor of future flexible speech development.  Learn more ...

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

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New Kid's Screen Time Rules

April 17, 2017


Parents typically understand that too much time on electronics is not good for their children. However, it’s not always obvious how much time is too much and what problems children might experience from time on their electronic devices.

Recently UCLA researchers have found that children who spend an excessive amount of time on electronics are not as good at recognizing human emotions and social cues as children who have spent less time using technology.  It’s not easy to develop an understanding of subtle non-verbal emotional and social cues for an electronic device.

The attached report from the American Academy of Pediatrics may be helpful in deciding how much time using technology is best for your children:       Learn More ...


Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy


Childhood Interaction With Pets - Lifelong Benefits
March 25, 2017

Some of our fondest childhood memories involve our pets, friends pets or maybe going to the zoo.  However, the benefits of our child's interaction with pets goes far beyond just kid's fun.


The benefits that children gain from interaction with pets can have a positive lifelong effect on their happiness and success. A number of recent studies all conclude that family pets help children develop better social skills, which are as important as academic performance in predicting outcomes later in life. These benefits are particularly important for children without brothers or sisters.   Continue reading ...


Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy


Interactive Play Enhances Childhood Communication

March 16, 2017


Children learn all kinds of skills through play. They learn how things work, how to interact and share with other children, how to play with different toys, and to enter a world of imagination.

Set aside some time to play the activities contained in this link with your child.  Some activities take just a couple of minutes, while others are longer.

Have fun helping your child grow!    Continue reading & playing ...

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

Frisco Speech Therapist & Feeding Therapist

Promoting Healthy Childhood Eating Habits

May 1, 2017

If a parent has a picky eater who is not eating nutritious meals, parents may feel frustrated that they are not able to ensure that their child has a healthy diet. 

It's not surprising that a parent may feel thinking they are unable to provide for their child?

Read about you can do to promote healthy eating habits for your child.   Learn more ...

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

Early Literacy Development

January 25, 2017


With all that this community has provided our family, I was inspired to focus my professional efforts on helping children with disabilities in our community. Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy was founded to support children who are struggling to reach their full potential. We focus on a wide variety of speech, language, and feeding disorders that impact children’s health, development, and education.

One way I hope to support our community is by writing for the PCR magazine and my blog. I plan to discuss topics on childhood development and share some tips and strategies I’ve learned from my experiences as a mother, friend, researcher, and professional.

This month I thought I would briefly touch on early literacy development. Long before your child enters elementary school, their literacy skills have already begun to develop. The day your child was born you became both a parent and a teacher. You have played a pivotal role in your child’s overall literacy development and school readiness from the very first words you spoke to them. Reading aloud could be one of the most important tasks we perform as parents, because it impacts literary success throughout your child’s entire education.  Continue reading ...


Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

Classroom Exercise Improves Math Performance

March 6, 2017


We all feel the pressure for our children to succeed academically, particularly in STEM fields given the technology oriented society in which we live.  But how do we as parents assist our children meet their full potential?  The answer might surprise you!

For quite some time, a growing body of research suggests that a child’s physical activity is just as important for a healthy mind as a healthy body (Hillman et al., 2008).  Sports aren’t a substitute for studying, but in general, regardless of the type of activity, more physically active children achieve higher academic performance than less active children.

Several recent studies report that physical activity actually in the classroom can improve focus and academic performance, particularly in math.   Continue reading ...

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy


How Infants Learn to Speak

February 16, 2017


A MIT researcher wired his home with 11 cameras and 14 microphones to capture every word his 1 yr old infant and caregivers spoke. He was interested in language development to program robots to learn as children do. His research finding was novel to the engineering field, but has been common knowledge to speech-language pathology researchers for years.  Continue reading ...

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy


Test Anxiety - How You Can Help Your Child
February 10, 2017

Even though I’ve lived in Texas for only one complete school year, that’s all I needed to realize how serious the public schools take the preparation, administration, and reporting of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

The stakes are high for the students and administration.  For example, fifth and eighth grade students are required to pass the STAAR exams to be able to progress to middle or high school.  The outcomes of the STAAR are also used to calculate the quality and ranking of each school and district throughout the state.

Given the emphasis placed on the outcomes of these exams, it’s not surprising some children experience anxiety on test days.   Continue reading ...

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Training for Parents of Children with Autism

February 8, 2017


Parents of children with autism can improve their communication and learning skills no matter their background. That’s the goal of a training course for mom’s and dad’s underway at the University of Texas.

Participants don’t have to live in Austin, speak English or pay a cent. The program is free.

It’s called Project SKILLS (Skills and Knowledge of Intervention for Language Learning Success). It’s made up of eight sessions that are free of charge to parents and caregivers of children ages 12 months to 6-years-old.

For more information email utprojectskills@gmail.com or call (512) 471-2014.

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

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Jeanine Roddy Article
September 13, 2017


Autism Flexible Speech Behavior

July 19, 2017


Importance Of Music In Childhood
May 21 2017


Healthy Childhood Eating Habits
May 1, 2017


Children's Interaction With Pets

March 25, 2017


Interactive Games - Two
March 16, 2017


Classroom Exercise Improves Math Scores

March 6, 2017


Interactive Games - One
March 5, 2017


How Infants Learn To Speak - New Research

February 16, 2017


Test Anxiety – How You Can Help Your Child

February 10, 2017


Training for Parents of Children with Autism

February 8, 2017


Living With Autism – Inspiring Insights

January 31, 2017


Amazing Ways Children Begin Speech Development Before Birth

January 31, 2017


Early Literacy Development

January 25, 2017

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Living With Autism

January 31, 2017


“I will put all vanity aside, so others may learn” and “shine some awareness on those of us who can’t talk the way we think.” – Emma Zucher-Long.

Emma Zurcher-Long is a fourteen-year old girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a public speaker, and writer for her blog “Emma’s Hope Book”.

https://emmashopebook.com/2015/12/02/i-am-emma/

Her story is beyond inspiring and her words are powerful. She exquisitely documents her experiences with Autism and, in her words, living in a body that does not obey her mind.

Jeanine Roddy, M.A., CCC-SLP
Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 

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