How Can Down Syndrome Affect Communication?

DownSyndromeAwarenessDid you know that one in every 691 children is born with Down syndrome, with an estimated 400,000 people currently living with the condition in the United States? Each October, individuals and associations across the country observe Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a campaign designed to raise public awareness of this disorder and the people it affects. Continue reading

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Early Communication Skills: What Comes Before Speech?

Is your child's speech and language normal?Every parent eagerly anticipates their child’s first words. However, as you’re sitting there awaiting that first “Mama”, phone in hand ready to record that milestone, you’re likely missing a huge array of communication behaviors that your child has picked up along the way. You may not know, but I did not speak until I was three years of age. While my grandmother (according to report) was very concerned, my mother was not. Probably because she tuned in to many of these communication behaviors and knew in her heart that I would speak when I was ready. And I did!

There are many factors that come into play long before your child ever utters their first word. This blog is designed to help you identify some of these behaviors. What are some of these precursors to language? Continue reading

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Having Voice Issues? The Reason May Surprise You!

Change your voice, change your career!Vocal quality is a significant part of strong communication. Last week, we talked about how a speech-language pathologist can help you develop and maintain your best voice. Today, we’ll discuss some common issues that are often at the root of vocal problems: Continue reading

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How a Speech Pathologist Can Help You Speak with your Best Voice

An SLP Can Change Your Voice!Although people often think of speech therapists as working with speech problems such as stutters or lisps, vocal training is a significant aspect of speech-language pathology. In addition to providing training to prevent and treat the effects of physical issues such as vocal fold nodules and polyps, a speech-language pathologist can also work to modify the quality of a person’s voice. If, for example, a person speaks with an overly breathy or nasal Continue reading

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Could Your Child Have Non-Verbal Learning Disorder?

13_46This week marks the beginning of another school year. Getting back into the swing of things can be difficult for any child, but for the nearly one million children who have a learning disability, back-to-school can be even more challenging. This is  especially true for children whose learning disability has slipped under the radar and are not getting the extra help they need to succeed academically. One learning disability which is particularly hard to spot is non-verbal learning disorder, or NLD. Continue reading

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September is Healthy Aging Month!

DysphagiaDid you know that senior citizens are the largest and fastest growing population in the United States? According to the U.S. Census, the 65-and-older population grew 15% between 2000 and 2010, to an estimated 40.3 million seniors. Because people are living longer than ever, groups across the nation observe National Healthy Aging Month each September. This campaign is designed to increase awareness of how seniors can increase their health, wellbeing, and quality of life in their twilight years. In support of this campaign, we’re dedicating this week’s blog to communication difficulties that are common in older adults, and how a speech-language pathologist can help. Continue reading

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Help Your Loved One with Dementia Communicate! 3 Easy Tips

DysphagiaAs modern medicine continually finds ways to extend the length and quality of life, the number of older adults in the United States has increased significantly. Unfortunately, aging often brings difficulties in speech, language and communication. One of the most common communication issues for senior citizens is dementia. Continue reading

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