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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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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