Literacy and Written Language Telespeech

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…]


Learning Through Play

by VocoVision on September 22, 2017

play learningPlay is essential for learning at a young age. All of us learn through our early years of play that make learning easier as we age. The child who never engages in storytelling cannot develop their imagination and prepare themselves for excellent writing skills. The child who doesn’t sing and dance may have a harder time learning speech and remembering facts later on. Play has to be a part of a child’s day! You can use these techniques with your young patients during your sessions together and encourage parents to play with a purpose between sessions. [continue reading…]


Speech Therapy Aids in Reading Skills

by VocoVision on June 16, 2017

reading speech therapyWhen children are sent to speech therapy, there is often this idea that they only need help with physical speech. Most of these children are special needs and their issues span over every aspect of life. When it comes to reading, these children are also struggling to learn and retain information, let alone find enjoyment in reading. Fortunately, speech pathologists are in the unique position to help them learn to read, read well, and even enjoy it. [continue reading…]


Focusing on Being Thankful

by VocoVision on December 2, 2016

thankful holiday activitiesIt is fairly easy to forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving and other winter holidays. Because of this, it is especially important to discuss this with children. The beauty of this topic is that it leads to many wonderful conversations that flow naturally. Kids adore making their own books, so it’s the perfect time to incorporate this with all of the things that they are thankful for this holiday season and beyond. [continue reading…]


students playing gamesAs a speech language pathologist, you are no doubt busy working with several groups of students and individuals either in person or online with telespeech therapy. It is possible to use a single activity to work on multiple objectives in speech therapy. This approach is helpful for both group therapy and traveling therapists who only work with a limited number of materials. [continue reading…]


Speech Therapy for Struggling Readers

by VocoVision on July 22, 2016

struggling readerAccording to the University of the Pacific, many classroom teachers may not be providing students with the strategies necessary to allow them to fully master the complexities of the written language. This is clearly not intentional; it appears to be caused by teachers believing the skills have previously been mastered in early elementary classes. After more than three decades of research, professors at Pacific were able to identify the strategies that would help facilitate greater communication skills in students. [continue reading…]


Early Vocabulary Delay May Mean Therapy Later

by VocoVision on January 8, 2016

early_vocabulary_delayed_therapy_speechA new study from Penn State University shows that toddlers who demonstrate vocabulary delays end up needing speech therapy later in life. However, the language spoken in the home, as well as race play a role in whether or not the children actually receive these services.

The study was published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Policy in November, and it aimed to settle the debate on whether or not speaking later in life is a risk factor for later development. [continue reading…]