Language Impairments 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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Activities to Improve Language Processing

by VocoVision on September 21, 2018

language processing disorder toolsFar too often we focus on the wrong things when treating Language Processing. We focus on the pronouns, the letter combination sounds, and sentence structure. Of course, these are important but before we jump into these skills first, we tend to lose sight of the need to treat language processing (LP) first. Nearly all of our activities are done through language. When processing skills are an issue, it’s hard for us to communicate what to do if we don’t understand what it is we’re doing or the tools we’re using. For instance, asking a student to paint a picture will result in frustration if they don’t know what a paintbrush is. [continue reading…]

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Communication Techniques for the Non-Verbal Child

by VocoVision on April 27, 2018

nonverbal communicationEveryone needs to communicate. The ability to communicate our needs and wants is essential to living a fulfilled life. It’s estimated that nearly 25% of people on the autism spectrum are non-verbal. Despite all the advances there have been in treating people on the autism spectrum, there is still much to be learned, especially with children. An important thing to remember that not all communication is verbal, even when that’s what our area of focus generally is. [continue reading…]

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Engaging Adolescent Students in Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on March 23, 2018

teen speech therapyWorking with teens and tweens can be extremely rewarding. But teens and tweens face challenges that younger students don’t. Adolescent students may be resistant to therapy after many attempts to help them when they were younger. Other students may have slipped through the cracks in their younger years and are now facing their language difficulties. [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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Family Game Night for Language Development

by VocoVision on December 22, 2017

family game nightPracticing speech and language skills at home doesn’t need to be a chore that children dread. Helping your child continue to make progress with their speech and language therapy can be as easy as a family game night.

Board games are often used in a therapy setting because they are easy tools that therapists can manipulate and build upon to work on speech and language goals. Board games naturally teach the pragmatic language skills required to move about in social environments. [continue reading…]

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Beyond Language Delays: Helping ADHD Kids Communicate

by VocoVision on December 8, 2017

ADHD communicationManaging ADHD is not only about treating impulsivity or attention. ADHD can affect anything that pertains to impulses and planning functions. A child that seems “hyperactive,” inattentive, or unfocused daily may be struggling with directing their brains to focus and sort through the information coming at them. [continue reading…]

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