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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Does Your Child Have a Social Language Deficit?

How are your child's language skills?Often we think of language as only the sounds, words, and messages that we speak or write. However, there’s another important aspect to language that we often overlook: the way we use language and tailor it to different situations and people. This is a skill known as “pragmatics”. The ability to use language in social situations, is often taken for granted because for the majority of people, it’s a skill that comes naturally. There are social rules for communication that most people pick up effortlessly as they develop language so that by adulthood, they’re second nature. Continue reading

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Speech-Language Therapy: Beyond School Services

School KidsAs the beginning of the school year approaches, parents of children with communication disorders may be thinking about the services their child will receive in school. Speech-language pathology services offered in schools are a great option: in addition to being funded by the school, they’re also specifically focused on the child’s academic achievement. Unfortunately, because of this very specific focus on academic achievement, sometimes school-based services aren’t the best option. Continue reading

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ALS: Beyond the Ice Bucket

waterIf you’re like most people, the past three weeks you’ve seen your social media feeds taken over by a new viral trend: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Once you’ve been nominated to take the challenge, you have 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice-cold water over your head and/or donate $100 to research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). People who accept the challenge typically create a video of themselves having the water dumped on Continue reading

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Ten Warning Signs of Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

14-6Did you know that almost one million children ages six through twenty-one have some sort of learning disability and receive special education in school? While some of these disorders are common and easily diagnosed, there are others which are harder to spot. Non-verbal learning disorder, or NLD, is one of these disorders. Continue reading

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Three Ways to Connect with Your Loved One with Dementia

Keeping your voice youngDid you know that more than 5 million Americans are affected with dementia? Dementia can range widely in severity, from a mild decrease in memory and cognitive function, to the complete inability to communicate verbally. Even when dementia is severe, there are ways you can increase communication with your loved one and help improve their quality of life. Take a look at these three suggestions for activities that can help spark your loved one’s communication skills: Continue reading

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Five Great Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

Speech therapy can help your loved one live a more fulfilling life!Older Americans (65 years and older) are one of the fastest growing populations, with the elderly population expected to double from 35 million today to over 70 million by 2030! One of the most common difficulties that accompanies aging is dementia: a decrease in memory and general cognitive function that often occurs in the elderly. A decline in language and general communication is one of the hallmarks of dementia.  Take a look at these tips to help communicate with a person with dementia: Continue reading

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