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one on one speech therapy autismParents of autistic children are often over-stressed at which path to take in their child’s care. There are too many options, and all require plenty of time and money that can easily suck the life out of the family. Since successful therapy varies by child, knowing exactly what will help is only learned through trial and error and there are a lucky few who strike gold early on. One-on-one speech therapy is just another option to help autistic children find their voice and bring the family together peacefully. [continue reading…]

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Benefits of Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Patients

by VocoVision on February 24, 2017

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parkinsons disease speech therapyParkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that slowly develops as the brain loses the ability to produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine plays a major role in rewarding our brains with feel-good chemicals in response to things like sex, motivation, addiction, and attention. It’s also responsible for starting movement and is involved in a host of other bodily functions like nausea, kidney function, and heart function. When dopamine production goes awry in people with Parkinson’s, disease, patients can experience difficulties with movement in different parts of the body: gait, balance, speech, swallowing and digestion. A well-trained speech language pathologist can help to mitigate many of these issues to allow people with Parkinson’s disease to lead fuller lives. [continue reading…]

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New Speech Therapy Tool Invented by Mom

by VocoVision on February 17, 2017

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speech app gemiiniThere’s a new speech therapy tool on the market, but it wasn’t invented by a big company. It was invented by Laura Kasbar, a mother of seven who was frustrated with her children’s lack of progress with traditional speech therapy. Kasbar is the mother of twins who both have autism, and she wanted to figure out a better way to help them learn to speak correctly. [continue reading…]

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Which AAC Technology is Right for Your Students?

by VocoVision on February 10, 2017

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AAC technology for studentsAs a teacher, it’s difficult to watch your students with special needs struggle to fit in and enjoy school. Having communication difficulties can make that goal so much less attainable for them, but luckily there are assistive technologies out there that can help. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices combined with speech therapy can make a world of difference for those sweet students who just want to be fully present at school without barriers to communication standing in their way. There are many different technologies and therapies available, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out which one is the best one for your student. Here are some tips to help you navigate the often-confusing world of assistive technology. [continue reading…]

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Does Your Child Need Speech Therapy?

by VocoVision on February 3, 2017

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child speech therapyMost children make a couple of mistakes when they’re learning how to talk, but what about when mistakes keep happening past the age where it’s normal? Judgment on whether a child’s speech is normal or not can be complicated by the fact that children tend to master different sounds at different ages. Speech sound disorders can include issues with phonological processes (or sound patterns), or articulation (pronouncing sounds). [continue reading…]

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#WhereWeWork Teletherapist Feature – SLP Ashley

by VocoVision on January 24, 2017

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Where We WorkThis week’s #WhereWeWork series explains how one simple decision can make a complete improvement to your work-life balance. One of our fantastic team speech pathologists, Ashley L., wanted to share what her transition – which started just one year ago – has been like into the beautiful world of teletherapy, and why she believes it is “the coolest job ever!”  [continue reading…]

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speech therapy app stroke patientsMany people think of speech therapy as mainly for children with speech delays and disorders, but it can also help adults with acute communications problems. That was the case for Lois Grissom of Rock Island, Illinois. After she had two strokes in the course of two weeks, she was unable to speak or write at all—a condition known as global aphasia, and one that is common in stroke survivors. Her concerned husband Gary arranged for her to have therapy with Speech Language Pathologist Kylie Lucas. [continue reading…]

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