There’s a new speech therapy tool on the market, but it wasn’t invented by a big company. It was invented by Laura Kasbar, a mother of seven who was frustrated with her children’s lack of progress with traditional speech therapy. Kasbar is the mother of twins who both have autism, and she wanted to figure out a better way to help them learn to speak correctly. [continue reading…]
As a teacher, it’s difficult to watch your students with special needs struggle to fit in and enjoy school. Having communication difficulties can make that goal so much less attainable for them, but luckily there are assistive technologies out there that can help. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices combined with speech therapy can make a world of difference for those sweet students who just want to be fully present at school without barriers to communication standing in their way. There are many different technologies and therapies available, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out which one is the best one for your student. Here are some tips to help you navigate the often-confusing world of assistive technology. [continue reading…]
Most children make a couple of mistakes when they’re learning how to talk, but what about when mistakes keep happening past the age where it’s normal? Judgment on whether a child’s speech is normal or not can be complicated by the fact that children tend to master different sounds at different ages. Speech sound disorders can include issues with phonological processes (or sound patterns), or articulation (pronouncing sounds). [continue reading…]
This week’s #WhereWeWork series explains how one simple decision can make a complete improvement to your work-life balance. One of our fantastic team speech pathologists, Ashley L., wanted to share what her transition – which started just one year ago – has been like into the beautiful world of teletherapy, and why she believes it is “the coolest job ever!” [continue reading…]
Many people think of speech therapy as mainly for children with speech delays and disorders, but it can also help adults with acute communications problems. That was the case for Lois Grissom of Rock Island, Illinois. After she had two strokes in the course of two weeks, she was unable to speak or write at all—a condition known as global aphasia, and one that is common in stroke survivors. Her concerned husband Gary arranged for her to have therapy with Speech Language Pathologist Kylie Lucas. [continue reading…]
Colds are never fun—the sneezing, the headache, the sore throat and the stuffy nose. But did you know that they can cause problems for children who need speech therapy?
It’s true: when a child’s nose is blocked, they’ll start breathing through their mouth automatically. If the cold persists for a while the child might develop a habit of mouth-breathing. That’s bad news, according to myofunctional therapist Sarah Hornsby. It turns out that many disorders of the mouth and facial muscles can stem from mouth-breathing. Poor breathing habits can affect the teeth and surrounding muscles, which can cause problems for dentists, orthodontists, speech language pathologists, and more. [continue reading…]
There are many resources available for preschool and elementary-age children who have developmental language disorder, a delay in mastering language skills in children who have no hearing loss or other developmental delays. But what about older children who still struggle with language mastery? Can one-on-one therapy still help those children? A team of researchers from the United Kingdom decided to find out. Their findings were published in the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders this past November. [continue reading…]