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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Three Tips for Increasing Communication with a Non-Verbal Child

Speech language pathology can help your child!Almost a quarter of people with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) are non-verbal, meaning they do not communicate using speech at all. However, just because a child can’t talk doesn’t mean they can’t engage in meaningful communication! Take a look at our three tips below for increasing communication with your non-verbal child: Continue reading

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Could Your Child Be “Twice Exceptional”?

14-6What do you think of when you hear the term “exceptional student”? Interestingly, this phrase can be used both to refer to children who are considered “gifted” or above average intellectually, as well as to refer to children who have physical or intellectual disabilities or challenges. However, for some children these two categories merge: a child may be significantly above average in one area, but present with challenges, deficits or disabilities in a separate area. Children like this are often referred to as “twice exceptional”. Continue reading

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Could Your Child’s Speech and Language Skills be Holding them Back?

Language learning disorders can cause academic problems. Speech therapy can help!When it comes to school, most parents are concerned with their child studying, and doing their homework to keep up with the classroom material and keep pace with their peers. But sometimes, studying and paying attention in the classroom aren’t enough for a child to succeed. Many children have subtle difficulty with speech or language skills that may be holding them back in the classroom. Learning takes place through communication, and speech and language problems can disrupt a child’s learning process. Here are just a few of the ways speech, language, and communication can affect a child in a school setting: Continue reading

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TBI: 3 Ways a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help!

Speech Pathology and TBIDid you know that January is National Winter Sport Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month? Last week we talked about some of the ways you can prevent and identify traumatic brain injury (TBI). Today, we’ll talk about three ways that TBI can affect communication, and how a speech-language pathologist can help! Continue reading

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