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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Speech-Language Therapy: Beyond School Services

Speech therapy can help your child communicate with confidence!Where has the summer gone? September is coming up fast, and as the constant stream of back-to-school ads tells us, the start of the school year is almost here. For children with speech, language, and communication disorders, this might mean starting or resuming school-based therapy services. Speech-language pathology services offered in schools are a great resource: in addition to being funded by the school, they’re also specifically focused on the child’s academic achievement. Unfortunately, because of this very specific focus on academic achievement, sometimes school-based services aren’t the best option for every child. Continue reading

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Does Your Child have ADD? Help them get ready for September!

How are your child's language skills?Did you know that rates of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are now estimated at 11%?  ADD/ADHD is a neurological disorder that impacts the way a person pays attention. It most commonly affects school-age children, and can cause significant social and academic issues. During the school year, children with ADD often receive school-based intervention. However, many children benefit from additional help over the summer. A speech-language pathologist is often part of the team that helps a child manage ADD. How can a speech therapist help a child with attention deficits? Continue reading

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Does Your Voice Match Your Age?

13-52Everyone is aware of the physical changes that accompany growing older. You can’t go ten minutes without encountering an advertisement for wrinkle cream, or hair dye, or another product designed to keep you looking as young as possible for as long as possible. Increasingly, people are taking an interest in sounding young as well. Many aging adults are seeking professional help in retaining the strong, commanding, dynamic voice of their youth. Continue reading

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Could Your Child’s Social Language Be Impaired?

TBIWhen we think about how well someone communicates, we usually think about whether their speech is clear and understandable, and whether they can use language to express themselves. However, a person can have crystal clear speech and a great vocabulary and still have a communication deficit. Pragmatics, or the way that we use language in social situations, is an essential communication skill that can also be problematic for many people. Continue reading

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Getting Ready for School: How to Prepare Your Child to Learn to Read!

Speech Therapy and LiteracySummer is a great time for children to relax and enjoy a break from the pressure of school. But it’s also a great opportunity to bolster academic skills that your child may need work on. In early education, learning to read is a main focus. But literacy starts much sooner than when a child reads their first book in school. There are experiences you can provide for your child at home that can help them prepare by developing critical skills which will help them to learn to read more easily when the time comes. Helping children to develop these skills is essential: children who don’t have early literacy experiences before starting school typically start behind other children and frequently remain behind. How can you help your child get on the right track? Take a look at these three tips for developing early literacy skills: Continue reading

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Cleft Palate and Lip: How Speech Therapy Can Help!

JulyAwareness_IconOnlyDid you know that July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month?

Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth defects, with one to two out of 1000 babies being born with a cleft in the United States. Even though clefts are typically treated with surgery while a child is still very young, speech development is often affected. This means a speech-language pathologist is usually a critical part of a cleft palate team. How does a cleft impact speech, and how can therapy help? Continue reading

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