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 … 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?
As per request on a recent Instagram post looking for suggestions, today’s blog post will be about social communication and social communication disorder (SCD). Before explaining the disorder itself, it’s important to lay the framework of what is meant by “social communication” in general. According to Adams (2005), social communication is the combination of social … Continue reading Social Communication: Definition, Assessment & Treatment
About two years ago, I wrote an article entitled To Be Bilingual: That is the Answer, Not the Question for in the NJ Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s publication VOICES. This article aimed to debunk myths about bilingualism that are spreading like wildfire around the U.S. The article was primarily seen by speech-language pathologists and audiologists in NJ, … Continue reading Bilingualism: Separating Myths from Truths