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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July is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month!

What is ADHDDid you know that together, cleft palate and cleft lip make up the most common birth defects in the United States, with one out of every 700 newborns affected? To raise awareness about this issue, each July various organizations team up to recognize Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month. As cleft palate can have a significant impact on a child’s speech and communication, Speech Associates of NY is joining in the awareness campaign by dedicating this week’s blog to raising awareness about cleft palate. Continue reading

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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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