Developmental Disabilities Telespeech

roadblocks to speech disordersRecognizing a language or speech disorder isn’t always easy. As SLPs, we often encounter barriers on the road to diagnosing and treating a language or speech disorder in children. At times it may feel as though we’re running into one roadblock after another. Some of those roadblocks are other developmental difficulties or disorders that mask language and speech disorders, while others may be environmental influences. [continue reading…]

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Fighting for the Children

by VocoVision on October 20, 2017

advocating for studentsWhen we hear that children have autism, speech impediments, or a learning disability, it’s assumed that the child will automatically get the help that they need. Truth be told, it’s often an uphill battle for the parents to get those much-needed therapies and assistance. There are still stigmas and reluctance to actually take care of those who are deemed “abnormal.” For the newly disabled or newly diagnosed, the first year can be incredibly difficult as they navigate their own journey with new challenges and a battle in the able-bodied and able-minded world. [continue reading…]

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Hard Work Means a Big Payoff

by VocoVision on October 13, 2017

speech therapy incentivesMany speech pathologists find that offering a big reward for a patient’s hard work is a great incentive for the patient. Many people will assume that the success itself would be enough to inspire and motivate. Yes, the success alone of finally accomplishing a goal is a big deal but like most people, a reward at the end of it all is also a great tool to motivating and inspiring a patient. In the case of Max Bird, a young boy in Iowa with Down Syndrome, he is ecstatic about the possibility of meeting his favorite country music singer.    [continue reading…]

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Riding Horses for Speech Therapy?

by VocoVision on June 30, 2017

horses speech therapyFor severe developmental issues, the use of horses for speech therapy is making a comeback. Overall, Hippotherapy has remained a tried and true form of therapy for many developmental issues, and utilizing it for speech therapy is just one more tool for the pathologist to use. Don’t worry; you won’t be required to get licensed for hippotherapy, and you can easily team up with a licensed occupational or physical therapist who physically meets with your client even though you provide your services remotely. [continue reading…]

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Sensory Tools That Help

by VocoVision on May 12, 2017

sensory toolsWhile phone applications and computer programs have helped therapists tremendously over the years, there is still nothing quite like a hand-held object that helps the patient. Sensory tools, often disguised as toys, are a huge help to special needs children. They help develop motor skills, improve vocabulary skills, hone social skills, and spark creativity in the challenged child. Here are some sensory tools and toys that can help the therapist and the patient! [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

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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