June is Aphasia Awareness Month!

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Did you know that of the estimated 750,000 strokes that occur each year in the United States, about one third result in aphasia? Aphasia is a communication disorder that occurs after a stroke or other neurological injury that makes it difficult to communicate using language. June is Aphasia Awareness Month, a campaign headed by the National Aphasia Association intended to raise public awareness of aphasia. Read on to learn more about aphasia: what it is, how speech-therapy can help, and what you can do to help a person with aphasia communicate. Continue reading

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May Is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Sore throat - Flu / Cold / Stuck throatEach May the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) launches Better Speech and Hearing Month, a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to communication disorders and spread the word about services that are available for people with speech, language, or hearing issues to improve their communication and overall quality of life. Speech-language pathologists are a key resource in helping people with communication disorders improve their ability to communicate with those around them. But have you ever wondered exactly what a speech-language pathologist does? Some of the answers may surprise you! Here are just a few of the basic issues that speech therapists work with on a daily basis: Continue reading

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Tips to Help Your Child on the Spectrum Enjoy Vacation

People Talking Celebrating Thanksgiving Holiday ConceptIt’s World Autism Month! You may have seen communities and individuals around the globe “lighting it up blue” for autism this month to help raise awareness. In support of this campaign, we’ve dedicated our blogs this month to topics in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Over the past weeks, we’ve covered topics like signs and symptoms for early identification and how speech-language therapy can improve communication. Today, we’re going to provide some tips for helping your child on the spectrum enjoy a family vacation. Continue reading

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World Autism Month: How Speech Therapy Can Help

bigstock-pupils-talking-3493457It’s World Autism Month! You may have seen communities and individuals around the globe “lighting it up blue” for autism this month to help raise awareness. In support of this campaign, we’ve dedicated our blogs this month to topics in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Over the past weeks, we’ve discussed some basic facts about autism and signs and symptoms for early identification. Today, we’ll talk about some of the ways speech-language therapy can help a person on the spectrum communicate and live their best life. Continue reading

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April is World Autism Month! Learn the Signs

 

Vector illustration of autism puzzle ribbon, autism awareness dayDiagnoses of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) have risen steadily since the 1960s to the current rate of 1 in 68 children in the United States. As diagnoses continue to rise, awareness of early signs and symptoms more important than ever. While there is no “cure” for autism, early intervention, including speech-language therapy, has been shown to significantly improve the likelihood of positive treatment outcomes. Take a look below at some of the signs and symptoms of autistic spectrum disorders: Continue reading

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World Autism Day is April 2: Light It Up Blue!

Vector illustration of autism puzzle ribbon, autism awareness dayEach April, organizations around the world recognize Autism Awareness Month, to help raise public awareness and increase understanding of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). The campaign is kicked off each year on World Autism Day, April 2. Organizations and individuals around the world wear blue, decorate with blue, and use blue lights to raise awareness and show their support for individuals with autism. In honor of this campaign, today we’re going to help raise awareness by providing some facts about this often misunderstood disorder: Continue reading

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech: How Can an SLP Help?

Child speaking and alphabet letters coming out of his mouthChildhood mispronunciations are a normal part of language development; most parents have fond memories of cute mispronunciations like “effalent” for elephant. But what happens when your child’s speech problems are more severe? Last week we talked about one speech disorder, that can leave a child with speech that is nearly unintelligible: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). In our last blog, we discussed some of the signs and symptoms of apraxia of speech, and the importance of seeking the evaluation of a speech-language pathologist. Today, we’ll talk about how a speech-language pathologist works with a child with apraxia of speech after they’ve been diagnosed. Continue reading

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