Month: June 2010

Piaget on Apraxia

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I have a question regarding some information in your book called Becoming Verbal with Childhood Apraxia. I have found the information in this book to be quite valuable in my work in early intervention. Where can I find more information on Piaget’s four basic stages in the development of imitation skills? I am the only person I know who has abstracted Piaget’s information in this way, and that is why I spelled it out in that book. I originally…

Object-Biting Habit

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I have a 7-year-old boy who has a habit of biting on pencils, shirt collars, hair, his baseball glove, and so forth. He has no speech problems. Others are noticing it and commenting. The boy is not aware of it and says it “tastes good.” What do you think? There does not seem to be a heightened anxiety or fatigue factor. In light of your oral motor practice, what program should be followed? If a client like this came…

Where to Buy Therapy Toys and Tools

By Shanti McGinley

Q: Where do you purchase the toys and tools shown in your presentations? I purchase my toys and tools all over the place. I always have my eye open for something new that I can use. The following summarizes my main sources: Toothbrushes, Floss, Floss Handles, Dental Picks, Tongue Cleaners Any retail store that sells teeth cleaning products. Baby Chew Toys, “Sippy Cups,” Baby Spoons, Baby Toothbrushes Any retail store that sells baby products. Soda Straws, Milkshake Straws, Coffee Stirrers,…