Childhood Hearing Loss: Is Your Child at Risk?

Child LanguageHearing loss can make life difficult for anyone. But for young children, hearing impairment can be particularly problematic. If a child is having difficulty hearing and the issue is not addressed, it can cause significant speech and language delays, which can result in problems socializing with other children and poor academic performance. However, if hearing loss is diagnosed early, it is much less likely to have a negative impact on a child’s communication development. Unfortunately, many parents aren’t aware of the signs of hearing loss, and don’t realize that there is a problem until a child is older. Continue reading

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Speech-Pathology and Hearing: Cochlear Implants

CochlearImplantDid you know that in addition to working with people who have difficulty communicating, speech-language pathologists also work closely with people who have hearing loss? Because hearing is such a large part of communication, hearing impairment can cause a range of communicative difficulties, from speech and language delays in children to difficulties socializing and problems with academic or professional performance. One way that speech-language pathologists help people with hearing impairment is by working with individuals who have received a cochlear implant. Continue reading

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Traumatic Brain Injuries: How Can a Speech-Language Pathologist Help?

Speech therapy can help improve communication after TBI!With the winter weather comes a range of outdoor sports that help people stay active and have fun in the cold. Unfortunately, a lot of these activities come with an increased risk of head injury and subsequent brain injury. Last week, we talked about how you can prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) and steps to take if you think you may have sustained one. Today, we’ll talk about how TBI can affect communication and how a speech-language pathologist can help improve quality of life. Continue reading

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Are You a Winter Sports Fan? You May Be at Risk!

Each winter, thousands of people seek relief from cabin fever by braving the cold and getting active with outdoor activities. While winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and ice skating are a great way to stay active and healthy during the winter months, they unfortunately also come with a high risk of head injury. 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? Continue reading

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Four Ways to Keep Your Voice Healthy

An SLP Can Change Your Voice!Just like any other part of your body, you need to take care of your voice to keep it healthy and functioning well. Speech-language pathologists are professionally trained to help people develop strategies to remedy vocal problems and maintain a strong healthy voice. A speech-language pathologist can also work to modify the quality of a person’s voice. For example, if your voice is overly breathy or nasal, a speech-language pathologist can provide insight into why your voice sounds that way, and provide techniques for modifying it. Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Three Communication Resolutions for the New Year

happy-new-year-622149_960_720Happy New Year from Speech Associates of NY! Start 2016 off right by keeping these three simple, but essential communication resolutions: Continue reading

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Five Tips for Swallowing Safely with Dysphagia

DysphagiaDid you know that in addition to helping people communicate, speech-language pathologists can help people who have trouble swallowing too? Dysphagia, or trouble swallowing, is a common problem that can be the result of a range of problems, from stroke, to dementia, to neurological diseases like cerebral palsy. The way in which a person’s swallow is affected can vary widely from person to person: some people have trouble chewing food or moving it around in their mouth, others have difficulty triggering a swallow, and others may have trouble with food and liquid going into their lungs instead of their stomach. Although the specifics may change from person to person, there are some general strategies you can use to help make swallowing safer for a person with dysphagia. Check out these five tips: Continue reading

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