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articulation phonology disorderMost young children go through a developmental phase in which they make phonetic errors in speech. You might remember your toddler or three-year-old substituting one sound for another, such as saying “weave” for “leave” or they leave out a consonant and restructure the word when two consonants are formed together at the beginning like, “boo” for “blue.”

While most articulation and phonology disorders are developmental, meaning that as they age they outgrow them, some articulation and phonology disorders are not. [continue reading…]

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The Connection Between Hearing Problems and Depression

by VocoVision on February 16, 2018

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hearing problems depressionHave you ever considered how much the ability to hear can affect your mental health? What about the health of a loved one?

Nearly 17% of the American population has some type of hearing problem but hasn’t sought treatment. The reasons differ but often lie in not knowing they have a problem to begin with. The ages groups vary but an overwhelming number of aging adults with hearing problems also experience depression. There is also a concern that people who suffer from a hearing problem also have a decline in cognitive function.  [continue reading…]

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Using Rhythm and Rhyme to Build Listening Skills

by VocoVision on February 9, 2018

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nursery rhymesWe might think of rhythm and rhyme as a great way to get the body active and moving. Catchy words and a beat that creates a moving cadence can be hard to ignore. The body begins to move and before you know it, you’re swaying to the rhythm and chanting in unison with the words. [continue reading…]

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effects of pronunciation problemOften the way a child speaks has little to no effect on them. Such is the case for a child who has a mild lisp. They may not even be aware of it or have grown so accustomed to it that they don’t believe anything to be unusual about the way they speak.

That’s not the case with every speech disorder. A pronunciation problem, just one form of speech sound disorder, may have a long-lasting negative impact on children; especially as they grow older and become more aware of their speech problems. [continue reading…]

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Recognizing Auditory Processing Disorder

by VocoVision on January 12, 2018

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auditory processing disorderLanguage is both receptive and expressive. Receptive language pertains to how well we comprehend language. A child with auditory processing disorder (APD) or central auditory processing disorder will have difficulty recognizing small differences in words and causes a difficulty processing what is being said to them. [continue reading…]

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expressive language disorderPutting complicated ideas into language isn’t easy. Both children and adults will find themselves struggling with certain parts of grammar such as “I” or “me” (Joan and I vs Joan and me) or verb tense such as “will” or “good”. The struggle, unfortunately, may become a grammar disorder when children don’t lose their babyish way of speaking by the time they are five or six. [continue reading…]

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3 Things People Who Stutter Want You to Know

by VocoVision on December 29, 2017

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stuttering listeningEveryone wants to talk and express themselves but for some people, that’s a difficult and frustrating task when they stutter while speaking. Stuttering is a communication disorder in which speech is involuntarily broken with repetitions of sounds and syllables.

For some people stuttering never goes away; even with speech therapy, there may always be a susceptibility to stutter when talking.

The social weight of stuttering is largely misunderstood and associated with nervousness and/or a lack of intelligence but neither could be further from the truth. The social stigma surrounding stuttering can create barriers in communication with someone who stutters. Read on to discover three things that people who stutter want you to know before your next conversation with them. [continue reading…]

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