5 Ways a Speech Therapist Can Help with Literacy!

Speech Therapy and LiteracyA recent survey found that over 70% of teachers believed that students who received speech therapy services demonstrated improved reading skills in the classroom (ASHA, National Outcome Measurement System). A speech-language pathologist’s training often allows them to identify the root of a reading or writing issue through the child’s difficulty with language, and help the child remediate or compensate for the difficulties. Continue reading

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Three Easy Tips to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Speech Therapy and ADDSummer is a time for kids to have fun and take break from the stress of the school year. Unfortunately, this break can sometimes have significant consequences on a child’s academic progress. Summer learning loss, also known as the Summer Slide, is a common phenomenon where children experience a loss in the academic skills and knowledge that they acquired over the school year. The National Summer Learning Association’s website states that, “research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” Continue reading

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Aphasia Awareness Month: Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Brain InjuryJune is National Aphasia Awareness Month! In support of this campaign, Speech Associates of NY has dedicated one blog each week in the month of June to issues in aphasia. Today, we wrap up our series by talking about options for alternative and augmentative communication.

Aphasia is a disorder in which a person has difficulty with language following neurological injury, such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury. People with aphasia fall along a huge continuum of ability, ranging from subtle language deficits and word-finding difficulties, to those who are almost entirely unable to communicate with spoken language. For those with the most severe difficulties, there are options that can be used to make communication more effective. Continue reading

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Aphasia Awareness Month: How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help!

Jayne LatzDid you know that June is National Aphasia Awareness Month? Aphasia is a language disorder caused by neurological damage, like stroke and traumatic brain injury, that results in difficulty producing or understanding language. In support of Aphasia Awareness Month, Speech Associates of NY is dedicating our blogs to topics related to aphasia during the month of June. This week, we’ll focus on how a speech language pathologist can help a person with aphasia improve their communication skills and increase their quality of life. Continue reading

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Aphasia Awareness Month: 10 Fast Facts

Speech therapy can help your loved one live a more fulfilling life!Each June, the National Aphasia Association recognizes National Aphasia Awareness Month, a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the disorder so that it is more readily understood by patients, their families, and the greater public. In support of Aphasia Awareness Month, Speech Associates of NY will be dedicating our blogs in the month of June to topics related to aphasia. Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Aphasia

tired-womanDid you know that June is National Aphasia Awareness Month? Aphasia is a language disorder which affects the ability to produce or understand spoken or written language following a neurological injury. Aphasia is a disorder that can vary greatly from person to person depending on the extent and type of neurological damage; while some people may have some mild difficulty with word retrieval, others may be almost completely unable to communicate verbally. Continue reading

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How much do you know about ALS?

Join the fight against ALS!Did you know that almost 30,000 Americans have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at any given time? ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a neurological disease which attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement. Last month was ALS Awareness month, so today we’ll be dedicating our blog to providing some information about ALS: what it is, how it affects communication, and how you can join the fight to find a cure. ALS hits my family hard. My mother lost a total of five siblings to ALS. Every year my extended family of cousins and friends walk in the NYC ALS WALK. Continue reading

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