Could Your Child’s Social Language Be Impaired?

TBIWhen we think about how well someone communicates, we usually think about whether their speech is clear and understandable, and whether they can use language to express themselves. However, a person can have crystal clear speech and a great vocabulary and still have a communication deficit. Pragmatics, or the way that we use language in social situations, is an essential communication skill that can also be problematic for many people. Continue reading

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Getting Ready for School: How to Prepare Your Child to Learn to Read!

Speech Therapy and LiteracySummer is a great time for children to relax and enjoy a break from the pressure of school. But it’s also a great opportunity to bolster academic skills that your child may need work on. In early education, learning to read is a main focus. But literacy starts much sooner than when a child reads their first book in school. There are experiences you can provide for your child at home that can help them prepare by developing critical skills which will help them to learn to read more easily when the time comes. Helping children to develop these skills is essential: children who don’t have early literacy experiences before starting school typically start behind other children and frequently remain behind. How can you help your child get on the right track? Take a look at these three tips for developing early literacy skills: Continue reading

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Cleft Palate and Lip: How Speech Therapy Can Help!

JulyAwareness_IconOnlyDid you know that July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month?

Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth defects, with one to two out of 1000 babies being born with a cleft in the United States. Even though clefts are typically treated with surgery while a child is still very young, speech development is often affected. This means a speech-language pathologist is usually a critical part of a cleft palate team. How does a cleft impact speech, and how can therapy help? Continue reading

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July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month!

JulyAwareness_IconOnlyEach July, organizations across the country team up to raise public awareness of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial disorders. This campaign is designed to help promote acceptance and support work that can help prevent these conditions in the future. In support of this campaign, we’re dedicating some of our blogs in the month of July to increase awareness about these disorders: what they are, how they can impact speech and communication, and how a speech-language pathologist can help! Continue reading

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Three Tips to Avoid the Summer Slide: Is Summer Learning Loss Affecting your Child?

Speech therapy can help your child communicate with confidence!Summer is here, and kids across the country are celebrating the upcoming two months of freedom from classes, books, and the stress of the school year. Although summer is a great time for kids to relax and recharge, the break from academic activities can also have negative consequences. Summer learning loss (aka, the “Summer Slide”) is a well-documented phenomenon where children perform significantly worse on tests at the end of summer than at the beginning. This loss of academic skills and knowledge can be a difficult hurdle for any child as they approach the new school year. For children with communication or learning disorders, it can be an even bigger obstacle to success. Here are some ways you can help your child avoid the Summer Slide and be prepared to tackle school head-on in the fall: Continue reading

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Aphasia Awareness Month: Moving forward as a family

tired-womanJune is National Aphasia Awareness Month! In support of this campaign to raise public awareness about aphasia, our blogs in the month of June will deal with issues in aphasia: today we conclude our series by talking about how aphasia not only affects the victim, but their family and loved ones as well, and what support services are available. Continue reading

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Aphasia Awareness Month: Three ways a speech-language pathologist can help!

DysphagiaJune is National Aphasia Awareness Month! In support of this campaign to raise public awareness about aphasia, our blogs in the month of June will deal with issues in aphasia: today we focus on how speech-language pathologists help people with aphasia to improve their communication skills and their overall quality of life. Continue reading

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