Developmental Disabilities Telespeech

Riding Horses for Speech Therapy?

by VocoVision on June 30, 2017

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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

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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

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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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Treating Selective Mutism

by VocoVision on April 22, 2016

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selective mutismSelective mutism is a somewhat uncommon disorder that is often found in patients who also have social anxiety or a social phobia. With selective mutism, the child is able to speak and communicate effectively in setting that make them feel comfortable and secure. When they are in social settings such as school, church, or play groups, they may be unable to communicate or speak effectively. [continue reading…]

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4 Signs of Speech and Language Issues

by VocoVision on December 5, 2015

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vocabulary_delay_signs_of_speech_disorderIf you’re worried about whether your child is showing signs of a speech or language disorder, there are a few warning signs to keep an eye out for. Bear in mind that many disorders can be treated with speech therapy, and if speech therapy isn’t widely available in your area, meeting with a telespeech therapist may still be an option. [continue reading…]

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speech therapy irelandIn Ireland, the 2005 Disability Act requires all assessments on children suspected of needing any type of special care to be carried out within three months. Unfortunately, that’s not happening in many areas. The most recent data available suggests there are about 20,000 people waiting either assessment or treatment. Some people have been waiting more than 18 months for an assessment and treatment. [continue reading…]

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