More Ways a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help You in 2017!

 

SchoolWhen you hear “speech therapist”, what comes to mind? If you’re like many people, you associate speech therapists with things like stuttering or helping a child with a lisp. But over the past few decades, a speech-language pathologist’s role has expanded significantly. Last week, we talked about just a few of the ways a speech-language pathologist can make a difference that you might not be aware of. Today, we’ll discuss two more ways that a speech-language pathologist can help you or your loved ones: Continue reading

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How Can a Speech-Language Pathologist Help You in 2017?

 

Parents With Children Read BooksHappy new year! Somehow we blinked, and an entire year has passed and 2017 is here. As we start out the new year, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on some of the ways a speech-language pathologist can help you and your loved ones.

In the past, speech therapists were mostly known for helping individuals with speech impediments, like stuttering or a lisp. But over the years speech-language pathologists have come to play many more roles than most people realize. Here are just a few of the ways a speech-language pathologist can help make a difference for you and your family: Continue reading

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The Unexpected Consequence of Winter Sports: Three Tips to Stay Safe

 

bigstock-Human-brain-6646217.jpgAs the temperature drops and the days grow shorter, people tend to find themselves spending increasing amounts of time indoors. The answer for many people? Winter sports! Activities like skiing, sledding, ice skating and snowboarding offer a great opportunity to go outside and get active, even when the weather is subzero. Unfortunately, winter sports also come with a high risk of head injury. To raise awareness of this risk, each January several organizations recognize National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Any type of head injury can put a person at risk for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including those that may seem relatively mild. TBI can cause a range of disabilities, including difficulties with language and cognition, so it is important to be as cautious as possible when dealing with possible head injuries. What can you do to stay safe? Take a look at our three basic steps: prevention, recognition, action! Continue reading

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Auditory Processing Disorder: How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help

BigStock_childrenreadingclassroom.jpgThe ability to process auditory information is a crucial part of communication. Individuals with auditory processing disorder, (APD; also called central auditory processing disorder—CAPD) have unimpaired hearing, but have difficulty processing sound through the central nervous system. This difficulty processing and understanding sound can cause a range of problems, particularly in children, since they do so much learning and growing through listening. Last week, we talked about the signs and symptoms of APD and how to get an official diagnosis. Today we’ll talk about a few of the ways that a speech-language pathologist can help a child with APD: Continue reading

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5 Signs Your Child Could Have Auditory Processing Disorder

When people think of communication or learning disorders, they typically focus on the ability to produce and understand language. However there are some issues that can impact communication that aren’t purely linguistic. One of these is auditory processing disorder. Continue reading

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The Topical Monologue: How to help a child on the spectrum navigate conversational dynamics

If you have or work with a child on the autistic spectrum, you’ve probably had the following dilemma: Your child starts talking about a topic they’re interested in, let’s say airplanes. The conversation may start with one or two interesting facts about airplanes, but pretty soon, it transitions into a monologue without any end in sight. Here is where the dilemma comes in: Do you intervene, and let the child know that not everyone is as interested in planes as they are? Or do you encourage the child to continue by asking questions and encouraging engagement? Continue reading

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4 Ways an SLP Can Help a Child with Feeding and Swallowing Issues

Whether it’s a child that won’t sit at the table long enough to finish a meal or a phase where the only acceptable foods are chicken nuggets and ketchup sandwiches, most parents have struggled with getting their kid to eat at some point in time. However, for some children, eating can be a much more complicated issue. There are a range of reasons a child might have feeding or swallowing issues: problems with the muscles needed for chewing and swallowing, sensory issues that make certain textures or flavors intolerable, structural problems with the digestive tract. Regardless of the cause, a speech-language pathologist can be a valuable member of the team in making sure a child with feeding or swallowing disorders gets the nutrition they need. Continue reading

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