Mental Health Awareness: How Teletherapy Can Help

by Bonnie Steiner on October 2, 2018

mental health teletherapyMental Illness Awareness Week falls on the first week of October each year. This week’s awareness topic is near and dear to our hearts, as it’s become more prominent and crucial than ever before, and affecting people of all ages, especially students. Students need more support now than ever, and this is where teletherapy can be somewhat of a superhero to kids in need. How, you ask? There are multiple benefits of using teletherapy for mental health. Here are just a few: [continue reading…]

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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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dld-mythsOne of our roles as SLPs is being an advocate. We tirelessly advocate on behalf of our clients to state, federal, and local government, doctors and insurance. We advocate to teachers, family, and friends and we advocate to the general public, because it is often the general public that misunderstands the most about DLDs but comes to us when a speech or language disorder is suspected in their own children.

Misinformation and falsehoods about DLDs are one of the most popular reasons why people don’t seek out therapy for their children. As SLPs we are constantly dispelling myths about DLDs so more people can seek out the treatment they need for their children. [continue reading…]

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5 Mobile Apps to Build Vocabulary

by VocoVision on September 7, 2018

voco blog apps vocabNothing can replace face-to-face social interaction when it comes to helping a child with speech and language difficulties build their vocabulary, but we can utilize the one device we have daily at our fingertips to encourage social communication and vocabulary building; the smartphone. With the use of apps and learning focused mobile games, children can take learning beyond the classroom and into the living room. [continue reading…]

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auditory processing disorder teamChildren who utter “Huh?” “What?” or appear to tune out are often regarded as having behavioral issues when in fact, it could be auditory processing disorder (APD). It’s through a concentrated effort on the part of many therapies that APD can be treated. [continue reading…]

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speech therapy rewardsFinding rewards for speech therapy students can be difficult. The most popular and easiest option for many SLPs is a candy jar or other sweet treat mired in sugar. But is that the best option? Absolutely not! Sweets and candy are not only unhealthy options which can lead to bad eating habits later but they’re also only good in the short term. Studies have shown time and again that extrinsic rewards for meeting goals or good behavior eventually lose the attention of children and rarely work for long-term goals like speech therapy.

Though some speech therapists also swear by treasure boxes, those too can be seen as short-term reinforcements. For one, treasure boxes can become pricey to restock, often coming out of your own pocket. They also aren’t suitable for all age groups. A sixth-grade student won’t enjoy the same treasure box prize that a first-grade student will. [continue reading…]

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