April Is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month!

 

PDAwareness.jpgDid you know that 7 to 10 million people worldwide are affected by Parkinson’s Disease?  Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about how autism impacts communication to support Autism Awareness Month. But April also happens to be Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month! In support of this campaign and to help raise awareness, today we’ll talk about what Parkinson’s Disease is, how it affects communication, and how working with a speech-language pathologist can help. Continue reading

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Autism Awareness Month: Sensory Issues and Social Awareness

Walter_de_Maria_Vertikaler_ErdkilometerApril as Autism Awareness Month! To support this campaign and help raise awareness, we’re dedicating our blogs this month to issues in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Today, we’ll talk about how a speech-language therapist can help a child with sensory and social awareness issues. Continue reading

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Communication Issues in Autism: How Therapy Can Help

 

What is Dyslexia?Did you know that based on the most recent reports, an estimated 1 to 1.2 million children have been diagnosed with autism in the United States alone? In an attempt to promote awareness of this increasingly common disorder, organizations across the globe recognize April as Autism Awareness Month. To help do our part, we’re dedicating our blogs this month to issues in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Today, we’ll talk about how individuals on the autistic spectrum can benefit from speech-language therapy. Continue reading

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Early Intervention Counts! Early Signs and Symptoms of Autism

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness month? As increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with autism each year, the need to improve awareness grows. Since early intervention can make a significant difference in a child on the autistic spectrum’s development, learning to identify the early signs and “red flags” of autism is essential for every parent. Here are some things to look out for in early development: Continue reading

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Autism Awareness Month Will Be Kicked off on April 2 with the 8th Annual World Autism Day!

Autism Awareness MonthDid you know that autism is currently estimated to affect 1 in 68 children? When looking only at boys, that number rises to 1 in 42! As we learn more about this disorder, diagnoses continue to rise, and the need for further research and awareness increases. To help raise awareness for Autism, on December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity. World Autism Awareness Day is one of only four official health-specific United Nations Days and encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. Continue reading

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Encouraging Communication with a Non-Verbal Child

How are your child's language skills?Developing speech and language is a significant milestone in a child’s development. But what about children who never develop these skills? Many children with special needs are non-verbal meaning that they do not use speech to communicate at all. In fact, almost a quarter of people with autistic spectrum disorder are non-verbal. However there are many ways a child can communicate, even without speech. Last week, we provided some approaches to encouraging language development. Today, we’ll discuss some strategies for encouraging communication in non-verbal children. Continue reading

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Early Language Development: 3 Ways to Encourage Speech

Walter_de_Maria_Vertikaler_ErdkilometerEarly speech and language skills can be essential to a child’s social, cognitive, and academic development. However, some parents may notice that their child is not communicating in the same way as their peers or siblings. Although a speech-language pathologist can evaluate your child to make sure there are no larger issues and provide therapy to improve speech and communication, there are also things you can do at home to encourage language and communication development. Take a look at our three tips below! Continue reading

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