The Use of Dogs in Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on March 10, 2020

Two Therapy DogsIf you’ve ever owned a dog, you understand that dogs can be wonderful companions. They are loyal, fun, patient, and easy to talk to. Dogs are known to be more than man’s best friend; they’re also children’s best friend. More speech-language therapists are discovering that dogs not only make good companions – they make excellent speech therapy assistants.

For children, overcoming a speech-language disorder is stressful and not much fun. Most speech therapy is done in either a classroom setting working face-to-face with a therapist or through teletherapy. For those who have more traditional classroom therapy sessions, the inclusion of therapy dogs helps children achieve their therapy goals. [continue reading…]

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How Speech Therapy is Evolving

by Tera Tuten on February 27, 2020

SLPA helps with teletherapyThe future of speech therapy is changing rapidly, as a result of many Baby Boomer speech-language pathologists (SLPs) reaching retirement, with a decreased number of new graduates available to take those vacancies. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics says there will be a 27% increase in jobs available in the field in the decade between 2018 and 2028. This translates to more than 153,700 new jobs in the field, but with just a year before the decade of growth closes, many jobs remain unfilled. [continue reading…]

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Speech Language PathologistMost young children go through a developmental phase in which they make phonetic errors in speech. You might remember your toddler or three-year-old substituting one sound for another, such as saying “weave” for “leave” or they leave out a consonant and restructure the word when two consonants are formed together at the beginning like, “boo” for “blue.”

While most articulation and phonology disorders are developmental, meaning that as they age they outgrow them, some articulation and phonology disorders are not. [continue reading…]

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Understanding the Benefits of Group Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on November 27, 2019

Individual speech therapyWhether we realize it or not, our speech and social skills are closely linked. The ability to communicate effectively in a social setting is often overlooked but it’s a necessary skill for children to learn. Some children may have no issues playing, sharing, or communicating with classmates and teachers; while other children may have such a difficulty that it inhibits their ability to perform well academically and socially. [continue reading…]

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One on one Speech Therapy

There are many resources available for preschool and elementary-age children who have developmental language disorder, a delay in mastering language skills in children who have no hearing loss or other developmental delays. But what about older children who still struggle with language mastery? Can one-on-one therapy still help those children? [continue reading…]

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Treating Anomic Aphasia with Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on October 14, 2019

Anomic aphasia treatmentAnomic aphasia presents as an inability to consistently produce the appropriate words for things a person wishes to talk about. This is particularly evident when the individual requires a noun or a verb. The disorder is known by several names, including amnesic aphasia, dysnomia, and nominal aphasia. [continue reading…]

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The Pros and Cons of Teletherapy

by VocoVision on September 24, 2019

teletherapyDepending on where you live, working in a traditional speech-language pathology office may mean driving more than 100 miles a day round-trip to serve clients. Rather than spending hours commuting, you could turn to teletherapy. With any career change, there are pros and cons. If you’re considering a change in setting and thinking of working remotely as a teletherapist, review the pros and cons first.  [continue reading…]

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