LEGOs for Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on March 24, 2017

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legos speech therapyFor any parent with a child in speech therapy, the blessing of finding that one thing that clicks with their child is always appreciated. LEGOs are one of the most popular toys amongst children and their use in speech therapy can be phenomenal. Let’s discuss different ways that LEGOs can be helpful when working on speech therapy homework. [continue reading…]

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Tackling Hypernasality With Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on March 17, 2017

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hypernasality speech therapyHypernasality speech is common amongst children with a cleft palate and some cases of cerebral palsy. It is a situation in which too much air escapes through the nose during speaking. Certain letters should not have air escaping during pronunciation, such as vowels or the letters “k” and “b.” A palate that is too short, or the inability to move muscles for the sake of closure, will create hypernasality speech. [continue reading…]

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Everyday Speech Therapy Exercises

by VocoVision on March 10, 2017

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home speech therapy resourcesThere are numerous reasons for utilizing speech therapy with our children. Whether it’s combating a speech impediment, overcoming issues with a cleft palate, or dealing with autism-related communication issues, speech therapy is very important in a child’s growth. Many families struggle with speech therapy homework due to lack of resources and time constraints. Here are a few ways to still accomplish the homework while not adding to the stress of your everyday routine. [continue reading…]

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one on one speech therapy autismParents of autistic children are often over-stressed at which path to take in their child’s care. There are too many options, and all require plenty of time and money that can easily suck the life out of the family. Since successful therapy varies by child, knowing exactly what will help is only learned through trial and error and there are a lucky few who strike gold early on. One-on-one speech therapy is just another option to help autistic children find their voice and bring the family together peacefully. [continue reading…]

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Benefits of Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Patients

by VocoVision on February 24, 2017

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parkinsons disease speech therapyParkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that slowly develops as the brain loses the ability to produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine plays a major role in rewarding our brains with feel-good chemicals in response to things like sex, motivation, addiction, and attention. It’s also responsible for starting movement and is involved in a host of other bodily functions like nausea, kidney function, and heart function. When dopamine production goes awry in people with Parkinson’s, disease, patients can experience difficulties with movement in different parts of the body: gait, balance, speech, swallowing and digestion. A well-trained speech language pathologist can help to mitigate many of these issues to allow people with Parkinson’s disease to lead fuller lives. [continue reading…]

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New Speech Therapy Tool Invented by Mom

by VocoVision on February 17, 2017

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speech app gemiiniThere’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…]

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Which AAC Technology is Right for Your Students?

by VocoVision on February 10, 2017

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AAC technology for studentsAs 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…]

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