World Alzheimer’s Month: Reminiscing with Sensory Boxes

elderlyhandsFor the month of September, we’ve been dedicating our blogs to issues in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in support of World Alzheimer’s Month. Today, we wrap up our series with a blog on a unique way to inspire meaningful communication with your loved one with dementia: sensory boxes. Continue reading

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World Alzheimer’s Month: How Dementia Can Impact Mealtime

Did you know that over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease? September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and in order to help increase awareness, we’re dedicating this month’s blogs to topics in Alzheimer’s disease. Today, we’ll talk about a topic that is often overlooked with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia: feeding and swallowing issues. Even though cognitive and communication issues often take center stage, difficulty with eating is also a significant problem for many people with dementia.   Continue reading

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World Alzheimer’s Month: 5 Tips for Connection and Communication

imagesDid you know that September is World Alzheimer’s Month? In order to help increase awareness, we’re dedicating some of this month’s blogs to topics in Alzheimer’s disease. Last week we gave some basic information about the global and national impact of Alzheimer’s disease and how it impacts communication. Today, we’ll provide some strategies for helping you connect with your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease by maximizing communication: Continue reading

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World Alzheimer’s Month: Did you know…

imagesSeptember is World Alzheimer’s Month! Each year, organizations and individuals around the globe recognize this international campaign to increase awareness and decrease stigma of living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Continue reading

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Three Ways a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help Make Your Twilight Years Your Best Yet

 

Tablet-PC_Parkwohnstift_04As science and medicine advance at an ever-increasing rate, people today are living longer than ever. With senior citizens making up the largest and fastest growing segment of our population, making sure that people maintain their health well into their twilight years is becoming increasingly important. Each September, groups across the country observe National Healthy Aging Month, a campaign designed to increase awareness of how seniors can improve their health, well being, and overall quality of life. Last week, we talked about Mild Cognitive Impairment, a problem many people experience as they age. Today we’ll talk about some other communication problems that are common for older adults and how a speech-language pathologist can help. Continue reading

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Senior Moment or Mild Cognitive Impairment?

DysphagiaDrawing a blank when trying to remember the name of a familiar colleague. Misplacing your keys in the oddest of places. Having a standing appointment slip your mind. If you’re like most older adults, you have plenty of stories of “senior moments.” While these little lapses in memory are a far cry from full-blown dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, in some cases they might be a sign of a different problem: mild cognitive impairment (MCI).  Continue reading

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Is My Child on Track? Milestones for the First Year

Every parent eagerly awaits for their child’s first words. Waiting for your child to find their voice (and maybe catch that first “mama” or “dada” on camera!) is an exciting time for any parent. However, your child starts developing their communication skills long before that first word appears. Communication skills developed in the first year of life are essential to speech and language development.

Each child develops according to his or her own timeline, but there are some general milestones you can keep an eye out for to make sure your child is on track.

Birth to 3 months

  • Understanding: In response to different sounds, a child might startle, change their sucking pattern when feeding, and quiet down or smile when spoken to
  • Speaking: Your child should be making pleasure sounds (like cooing), and is likely using different cries for different needs.

4-6 months

  • Understanding: Looks in the direction of sounds, focuses on toys that make sound or music, responds to changes in your tone of voice.
  • Speaking: Begins to babble (using sounds like p, b, and m), gurgle and laugh. Vocalizes when excited or upset.

7 months to one year

  • Understanding: Focuses on you and listens when you speak. Recognizes basic, common words like “milk” or “ball”. Responds to simple, one-step directions and questions like, “come here” or “want more?”.
  • Speaking: Babbling becomes more varied and complicated, and uses vocalizations to get attention. Uses non-verbal communication (waving, holding arms up to be picked up). Around one year, begins to produce simple, single words.

Want to learn more? Take a look at the following video from Speech Associates of NY founder and president, Jayne Latz:

 

 

If you have any questions or would like to know more about speech-language therapy, give us a call at (212) 308-7725 or send an e-mail to jayne@speechassociatesofny.com. I’d be happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

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Sources: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/01/

 

 

 

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