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speech therapy app stroke patientsMany 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…]

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How to Stop Mouth Breathing During Winter Colds

by VocoVision on January 13, 2017

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mouth breathing coldsColds 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…]

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one on one therapyThere 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…]

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Speech Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

by VocoVision on December 30, 2016

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speech therapy multiple sclerosisWhile most people wouldn’t associate speech therapy with MS, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that speech pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat issues with swallowing, communication, cognitive thinking, and comprehension, for a number of causes. These include but are not limited to brain injury, autism, cerebral palsy, stroke victims, Parkinson’s, and MS. [continue reading…]

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hippotherapyHorses are quite the therapeutic animal, and can do a great deal in helping patients in various types of therapy, creating their own – known as “saddle therapy,” or hippotherapy.

In this approach, horseback riding becomes a rehabilitative treatment, and goes beyond speech therapy, too. It can help children with a range of disabilities from autism to cerebral palsy and speech disorders. It works because the techniques used are similar or the same as the ones used at the clinic, but the horse becomes the modality to help the rider accomplish their goals. [continue reading…]

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How Telespeech Therapy Can Help Dementia Patients

by VocoVision on December 16, 2016

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telemedicine dementiaNew research shows using telespeech therapy can help those suffering from dementia improve their ability to recall words previously “lost.” The study, from Northwestern Medicine, discovered that one woman was correctly able to identify the flowers in her garden again, and a man was able to command his dog to heard his sheep on his farm, as well as order his favorite meal at the drive-through of his favorite fast food restaurant. [continue reading…]

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Speech Therapy Selfies: Say What?

by VocoVision on December 9, 2016

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speech selfiesIt may seem silly to think about at first, but selfies are actually helping speech therapy. Thanks to an app called Wacky Selfie Articulation, available for iOS devices, students are combing selfie fun with speech learning activities. You can download it in the App Store for $4.99. It is aimed at speech therapy students between the ages of six and eight years of age. It’s functional with iOS8 or later, and works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. [continue reading…]

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