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August 2020
early signs of autism
It is scary when your toddler is not saying many words. Many times during initial speech and language evaluations parents will ask me if I think their child may have Autism. Unfortunately, as speech-language pathologists, we cannot diagnose Autism. We can just tell you if your child is delayed in speech and language and if...
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occupational therapy
Most people hear occupational therapy and they think it’s helping people get jobs. Then you say pediatric occupational therapy and then they are really confused. So what exactly is occupational therapy and how can it help my child? Occupational therapy helps people participate in their day to day lives through use of therapeutic activities. For...
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Many times when someone calls, the first question they ask is “Do you take our insurance?”, which is sad, because the first question really should be, “What kind of therapy do you provide and are you the best place to help my child?”. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go to the BEST clinic for your...
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teletherapy speech occupational
During the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us have had to become familiar with video conferencing and online learning. A year ago, I would have thought “Zoom” was a website for race cars now it’s the new “Google.” It’s become part of our lives whether we like it or not. I have to admit, I was...
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Augmentative Alternative Communication
AAC stands for Augmentative Alternative Communication. It is an alternative way to communicate without words. It can include gestures, sign language, picture exchange, and communication devices. If your child is over the age of two and is not talking or very unintelligible then yes, AAC is very appropriate! Think how frustrated your child might be...
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speech therapy device
The day has arrived! Finally you’ve received your child’s speech generating device (SGD) in the mail. You open the box with anticipation and turn it on. You hand it to your child ready for their world to open, and they throw it on the ground?!?. This is not an uncommon response for several reasons. At...
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PROMPT therapy stands for PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. During PROMPT therapy, the speech therapist will touch and move the patient’s tongue, lips, jaw, and cheeks to help elicit and correct certain sounds. All the PROMPTS are done on the outside of the face. When most people think of PROMPT they think of...
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childhood apraxia of speech
This is a difficult question to answer, as there are many schools of thought on the diagnosis and treatment of Apraxia of Speech. While Speech Apraxia affects people of all ages and manifests itself differently from one person to the next, Speech Apraxia in adults is much different from that of a child. For adults,...
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