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Speech and Language: What’s the Difference?

Most people use the words speech and language interchangeably. However, in the field of speech-language pathology, these two terms are widely different. What is Speech? Speech refers to the actual act of speaking and producing sound.  For example, a person’s accent and pronunciation of different sounds and words would be classified under the speech umbrella.  … Continue reading Speech and Language: What’s the Difference?

Let’s Go Bowling: Supporting Communication at the Bowling Alley

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

Introduction to Telepractice

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

Stroke 101

Today’s blog post is all about stroke – signs, risks, and types. This post is based off of my video by the same name.   Many individuals don’t realize that they are having a stroke because they don’t know the signs. Therefore, it’s important that you know them. Three signature signs are facial drooping, weakness … Continue reading Stroke 101

Learning to Talk: Speech and Language Milestones Birth to 3

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

What to Expect During a Pediatric Speech and Language Evaluation

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

5 Questions to Ask a Provider Before Signing Up for Speech Therapy

  Question 1 – Are you licensed? In most states, including NJ, a speech-language pathology license is required to practice as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Refer to the ASHA website for specifics on what licensing (if any) your state requires. Although SLPs should be the ones providing speech therapy, there are non-SLP providers out there … Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask a Provider Before Signing Up for Speech Therapy

Hearing 101

Our hearing ability has a great impact on our communication, from birth through adulthood.  Yet, when I recommend hearing tests to current or potential clients, I am often met with the same response, “My child hears fine” or “I hear fine.” Although one’s hearing may appear “fine,” it is not guaranteed that the person can … Continue reading Hearing 101

Early Intervention: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Early Intervention (EI) is a great program for young children and their families to receive related services.  Services might include speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. In NJ, this program covers children from birth to age 3. Although it is a great program, there are many misunderstandings about what EI is and isn’t.  My … Continue reading Early Intervention: What It Is and What It Isn’t