Learning Through Play

by VocoVision on September 22, 2017

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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…]

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Online Therapy vs Face to Face

by VocoVision on September 15, 2017

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Depending on who you talk to, there is a lot to be said about therapy that is face-to-face and therapy that is long-distance or provided virtually via telepractice. Many parents hold a preference which has a lot to do with their available resources and what works best for their child. Is one form of therapy better than the other? We’re digging deeper into some facts about both.  [continue reading…]

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Beating the Stammer

by VocoVision on September 8, 2017

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kid stammerMany people go through speech therapy. Many speech therapists join the force because someone they know someone who benefitted from speech therapy. Others simply just want to nurture those who need the help. Who we want to highlight today are those who overcame their own speech issues to move on and help others find their way. These two incredible individuals show how impactful speech therapy can be on one’s life, enough to motivate them to help those who went through similar situations.  [continue reading…]

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Speech Therapy After a Tracheostomy

by VocoVision on August 25, 2017

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tracheostomyMany patients find that talking after the tracheostomy is a challenge. This is simply because air is no longer going through the voice box. Many patients find that if they cover the tubing they might achieve vocalization, but we recommend speaking with health officials first. When the patient struggles with this incredible change to their speaking habit this is where a speech pathologist can help. [continue reading…]

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Caring for the Elderly

by VocoVision on August 18, 2017

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speech therapy elderlySpeech therapy is effective for older patients when it comes to regaining speaking skills and swallowing. However, when the elderly need speech therapy, it’s often on the heels of a major catastrophe. The patient is left struggling for basic communication, and some fear about their future health and well-being. Because of this, they could fight against the therapy and care that is in place for them. [continue reading…]

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When Schools Can’t Afford a Speech Pathologist

by VocoVision on August 11, 2017

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school budgetA school might not have a speech pathologist or two working during school hours. It’s more common than many realize. Some schools can’t afford to hire a speech pathologist due to budget cuts. Many of these schools are in rural areas and often only have a handful of students in need, if that many. If the speech pathologist doesn’t live in the area, it could mean relocation or long travel. More than likely, the school cannot pay the salary that a speech pathologist desires. Another common factor is that many of the schools that struggle also cater to lower-income families. These families may not have the resources available to provide their child with a speech therapist outside of school hours and would greatly benefit from one who is available at the school their child attends. [continue reading…]

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Amusement Parks for People with Special Needs

by VocoVision on August 4, 2017

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amusement parks special needsSummer vacations are a great opportunity to get away to a place far from home where you can relax and enjoy your time. When you have a special needs child, the planning for such a relaxing trip gets more difficult; the parents of many of our patients know this well. You have to anticipate every possible situation that might cause a child distress and lead to a possible meltdown. You think they might enjoy one event, and then when you get there, they hate it. But kids should be able to experience the world around them, regardless of their special needs. They need to be socialized so that they can learn social nuances and meet other people. But other people often don’t understand the importance of a day excursion; kids who are different become an inconvenience to them, and people are irritated by what we consider an ordinary breakdown due to overstimulation. If anything, other people add more stress to excursions than a special needs family member. [continue reading…]

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