October 22 is Stuttering Awareness Day!

Stuttering Awareness DayDid you know that over three million Americans stutter? In an effort to bring public attention to stuttering, each year on October 22, organizations around the world observe International Stuttering Awareness Day. In support of this campaign, Speech Associates of NY is dedicating this week’s blog to discussing some basic facts about stuttering, tips for communicating with a person who stutters, and how a speech therapist can help. Continue reading

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month: How Speech Therapy Can Help

DownSyndromeAwarenessEach October organizations across America take part in Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a campaign targeted toward raising public awareness of the most common chromosomal condition in the United States. Last week, we discussed some of the common ways Down Syndrome can affect speech, language, and communication. This week, we’ll talk a little bit about how speech-language therapy can help. Continue reading

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

DownSyndromeAwarenessDid you know that Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition, affecting 1 in every 691 babies in the United States? October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a campaign designed to raise public awareness of this disorder and increase inclusion within the community. In support of this campaign, this week SANY will discuss some of the speech, language, and communication deficits that often accompany Down Syndrome. Continue reading

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Do You Sound Your Age?

How can Speech Associates of NY Help You?Did you know September was Healthy Aging Month? In support of this awareness campaign, Speech Associates of NY will dedicate this week’s blog to a topic not many people consider as they age: keeping their voice sounding young.

Everywhere you look there are products designed to make you look as young as possible, from wrinkle creams to hair dye to plastic surgery. But increasingly, people are taking an interesting in sounding young as well. A recent article in AARP discussed how many aging adults are seeking assistance in retaining the strong, commanding, dynamic voice of their youth. Continue reading

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October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month!

14-5Have you heard of Rett Syndrome? Rett Syndrome is a rare developmental disorder, often misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy, or non-specified developmental disorder. To help raise public awareness of this disorder, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation has designated October as Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. In support of this campaign, Speech Associates of NY will dedicate this week’s blog to providing some basic information about Rett Syndrome and how a speech-language pathologist can help. Continue reading

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Attention Deficit Disorder: Three Ways Speech Therapy Can Help!

13_46As of 2011, rates of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reached approximately 11%, up from 9.5% in 2007 and 7.8% in 2003. There are a variety of theories as to why the diagnosis rate continues to rise. But regardless of why ADD/ADHD seems to be on the rise, this disorder can cause significant social and academic issues for children who are diagnosed. When a child does receive a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, a speech-language pathologist is often part of the team that helps the child manage the disorder. How can a speech therapist help a child with attention deficits? Continue reading

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Attention Deficit Disorder: What are the Signs?

TBIBeing fidgety and unable to sit still is a typical part of childhood for most kids. But, for some children, the inability to focus becomes an issue that can affect their academic and social well-being. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are neurological disorders that decrease a child’s ability to filter out unwanted distractions and makes it difficult to pay attention. ADD is characterized by distractibility that is severe enough to interfere with a child’s day-to-day functioning. In the case of ADHD, the child will also demonstrate restlessness and hyperactivity. What are some of the signs and symptoms of ADD/ADHD? Continue reading

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