Traumatic Brain Injury: How Speech-Language Therapy Can Help

Brain InjuryDid you know that each year over 2.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury? Each March, the Brain Injury Association of America holds National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a campaign to raise awareness of how traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect lives and how to prevent it. Since communication is one of the most frequently affected areas in TBI, Speech Associates of NY is supporting Brain Injury Awareness Month by dedicating this week’s blog to providing more information about TBI: what it is, how it happens, and what speech-language therapy can do to help. Continue reading

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March Is National Reading Month!

Speech Therapy and LiteracyDid you know that March is National Reading Month? This month, schools and libraries across the country try to raise awareness of how important reading is for a child’s development. Reading to and with your children can be a great way to spend time together and help your child develop a life-long love of reading. Studies have also shown that reading together helps to develop early language skills and is correlated with academic success as your child grows. It can also be an opportunity to teach your child new skills they’ll learn in school and in their day-to-day lives. Here are some tips for making the most of story time with your child: Continue reading

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How Can You Encourage Early Literacy? 3 Easy Tips

What is Dyslexia?Reading is a critical skill for children to succeed in school. But literacy starts much sooner than
when a child reads their first book in school. Children learn skills that help them become better
readers in school from their early language exp Continue reading

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3 Ways to Encourage Language in Early Childhood

Speech language pathology can help your child!A child’s first word is an important milestone most parents eagerly look forward too. However, what happens after that is just as important, as your child builds their vocabulary and learns to communicate effectively. While all children develop in their own way, there are some general speech and language milestones that are typical for most children. If you think your child might be a little behind schedule, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a communication disorder, but it may be a good idea to schedule a speech and language evaluation to rule out any potential problems. 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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Is Your Child On Track? Speech and Language Milestones

Is your child's speech and language normal?If you’re like most parents, you’ve spent time worrying about whether your child’s language is on track or if they’re behind where they should be developmentally. Determining whether your child is developing along a “normal” timeline can be tricky; every child develops language in their own way, and what may seem like a delay is often completely normal. However, a legitimate language or communication issue can sometimes alert parents to more significant developmental issues which can then be treated. Today, we’ll provide you with a list of some general speech, language, and communication milestones that are common in early childhood. Continue reading

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What Is Accent Reduction?

Could accent reduction be for you?When most people think of speech-language pathologists, they think of working with people who stutter, or have a speech impediment, or some other sort of communication disorder. But did you know speech therapists also work with accent modification and accent reduction? Continue reading

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Increasing Quality of Life for People Who Stutter

Jayne LatzDid you know that over 70 million people worldwide stutter? Stuttering is a complicated disorder that can not only affect communication, but can also affect self-concept and interpersonal interactions. Speech therapy typically plays a strong role in helping those who stutter communicate effectively. However, new research suggests that other factors–specifically family support and increased self-esteem/self-efficacy–may also be key factors in maintaining a high quality of life for those who stutter. Continue reading

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