In honor of Dr. Seuss’s upcoming birthday, I thought I’d do a post about literacy activities. Did you know that a child’s exposure to books greatly impacts his/her communication and academic skills? Through this post, I hope to share some easy-to-implement literacy activities. These activities will help your child improve his communication, vocabulary, and literacy … Continue reading Literacy Activities to Try at Home
Children learn many things through play. Unfortunately, though, toys can be expensive. If you’re looking for some inexpensive play activities, look no further! Check out this list of 5 household objects that can double as toys. Cups Toilet paper/paper towel roll Tongs Bowl/Container Spoon Watch this video to see how you can use these objects … Continue reading Courtney’s Favorite Things: 5 Household Objects that can Double as Toys
It might seem odd that I’m writing a post about bowling on a beautiful, sunny spring day when most people are thinking about spending time outside, but it’s always good to think of activities we can do when the weather isn’t so great (in fact this holiday weekend, the forecast in northern NJ is all … Continue reading Let’s Go Bowling: Supporting Communication at the Bowling Alley
Telepractice (AKA telemedicine, teletherapy, telehealth, telespeech, telerehabiliation, virtual speech therapy) is the delivery of health services via a telecommunications system. This service model is becoming increasingly more popular in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. Large factors that have driven the use of telepractice are reducing travel time for the client and/or professional and … Continue reading Introduction to Telepractice
Children (age 3 and up) are allowed to receive speech-language therapy and related services through their local public school district. However, students must meet specific criteria in order to be eligible for these services. The eligibility criteria vary from state to state. Because my practice is based in New Jersey, the purpose of this post … Continue reading Understanding Eligibility Criteria for School-Based Speech Therapy
School is finally back in session! With every new school year come new stresses, expectations, and faces. In speaking to a few teacher colleagues and friends, it’s become apparent that teachers are often not taught how to communicate with students with disabilities, particularly students who stutter. Without this knowledge, both students and teachers are … Continue reading 5 Tips for Communicating with Students who Stutter
The first 3 years of a child’s life are crucial to overall development. A lot of changes occur in just 3 short years. For example, a child begins walking, talking, and developing a unique personality. It can be an exciting time for families as they watch their children develop new and exciting skills. While it … Continue reading Learning to Talk: Speech and Language Milestones Birth to 3
Although all speech-language pathologists structure their evaluations a little differently, there are crucial components that should be expected as part of all pediatric speech and language evaluations. These components include a family interview, an oral mechanism examination, assessment of articulation/phonology, assessment of voice, assessment of fluency, assessment of receptive and expressive language, and a discussion … Continue reading What to Expect During a Pediatric Speech and Language Evaluation
Dysphagia is the term used to describe difficulty with swallowing. The action of swallowing has three phases (oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal) and dysphagia can occur during any of these phases. Dysphagia can occur in both children and adults. Symptoms may include: Coughing after eating Gagging/coughing while eating Leaking of food or liquid from the mouth … Continue reading What is Dysphagia?
Apraxia, also known as childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), has become the go-to diagnosis for many children in Early Intervention (under 3 years of age). However, many of these children do not have apraxia or are too young to receive a true diagnosis. So what is apraxia? Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that … Continue reading Is it Apraxia?