During winter time we have to take extra special care of our voices to prevent laryngitis and other voice problems from occurring. It’s the time of year when we go to holiday parties and talk loudly over background music. We may also indulge in beverages containing caffeine/alcohol and eat large meals. These are all irritants that can make us prone to developing hoarseness and other vocal pathologies. Read on to learn how you can prevent voice problems from occurring.
Great news for Florida residents! Children with special needs who are homeschooled or attending a private school can apply for The Florida Gardiner Scholarship. This program helps parents customize educational plans and obtain FREE speech therapy and evaluations for their children. I am proud to have been selected as a Gardiner Scholarship provider!
Approximately 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease. Of those, up to 90% of individuals with Parkinson’s disease experience voice and speech problems at some point during the course of their disease affecting their quality of life. There is a way to help improve communication skills and quality of life with individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Read on to learn how.
Have you been wondering if your child’s speech or language should be evaluated but aren’t sure if it is time yet? When in doubt, go with your instincts because it may be time for help! Read on to learn more about milestones and have all of your questions answered about getting an evaluation by a speech language pathologist.
With a busy family schedule its hard to find time for meaningful discussions with children. Finding ways to connect with your child is not only good for boosting their confidence but also provides them an opportunity to share what’s on their mind. The back and forth communication exchange between child and adult is an excellent way to stimulate language in young children. Here are 15 helpful conversation starters to take advantage of after school pickup or dinner time.
There is a reality-based expression “You are what you eat” as all our body functions depend on how well we are nourished. Let’s explore nutrition’s impact on our children especially during the critical period of language development.
The internet brings us everything we want or need. A box of granola bars? Click. A new tv? Click. How about a birthday present for the party this weekend? Click. If you are in the group of the vast majority of Americans who enjoy the convenience that online shopping brings, then it’s time for you to consider telepractice as an option for you or your loved one to receive your speech, language, voice or swallowing services.
You may hear other terms used such as telemedicine, online therapy, teletherapy, telespeech, etc., but they are all referring to the same concept. With telepractice a person in need of speech, language, voice or swallowing therapy/evaluations will receive all of the benefits of high-quality in-person therapy with without having to travel to a clinic or hospital to receive the services.
Today’s children grown up immersed in technology and as a result are not being read to by their parents as often. According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, one third of parents say their child does not spend enough time being read aloud to. At the same time, one third say their child spends too much time watching TV and using tablets, smartphones and other handheld devices. At Connected Speech Pathology, we would like to suggest that kids read books instead of using more technology during their summer away from school. Here is one suggestion that you can use to get your child motivated to read. Gather some of your child’s friends and start a summer reading book club.
Individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) often complain of vocal changes, specifically changes in vocal quality or volute. According to the National Center for Voice and Speech approximately 75-90% of individuals with PD have speech or language problems at some point in the course of their disease.
One in 12 children has had a disorder related to voice, speech, language or swallowing in the past 12 months, and more than half of them receive speech, language or swallowing intervention. One of the many advantages of telepractice is being able to provide therapy and evaluations from any computer, anywhere! Do you have a child who wants to go to sleep away camp but you are concerned about them missing out on their speech therapy while they are away for the summer?
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate (speaking, understanding, reading, and/or writing).
I came across this information provided by LSVT LOUD® and was happy to learn that LSVT LOUD®, which is speech treatment developed for improving communication disorders in people with Parkinson’s, now is being applied to children with motor speech disorders associated with cerebral palsy (CP) and Down syndrome (DS).