Category Archive: Communication Disorders

May 17

Advocacy- Stand Tall

  Advocate: noun- a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy   If you walk away with only one thing from reading my blogs this past year, I hope you know how vital it is to stand up for what you believe in.  Start conversations. Share what is important and interesting to …

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May 02

Protect Your Voice

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month: Vocal hygiene isn’t something we constantly think about, but it’s important for preventing voice disorders such as laryngitis and laryngeal carcinoma (cancer of the larynx and vocal folds). After all, we use and abuse our voices so frequently that we do need to take precautions to protect …

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Apr 26

May is Amost HEAR!

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! ASHA has recently launched a campaign called “Identify the Signs” to highlight just how important early detection of communication disorders is. The campaign also highlights “the ability of certified speech, language and hearing professionals to provide quality treatment and help.” Communication disorders cause an estimated 40 million Americans …

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Apr 14

Let’s Play! (Part 2)

Carol Westby refers to the Symbolic Levels of play development as “not just the addition of skill, but the reorganization of thought.”  She defines the following 4 dimensions of play which are used when analyzing play activity: Decontextualization and object substitution: allows play to occur with decreasing environmental support or changing reliance on props from …

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Apr 05

Let’s Play!!!

The good old days of Pre-K… going back to the classroom after lunch and playing… different stations set up around the room: puzzles, the kitchen area, a store complete with a cash register, maybe even a space to play doctor. Today we expect so much from children, too much sometimes.  We can’t forget how important …

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Mar 08

Morphology and MLU

  My post from two weeks ago, Form, Content, Use- Repeat., spoke about phonology, so now it’s time to talk about the next component of form in language: morphology. A morpheme is the smallest unit of a word that carries meaning. Take the word “kick” for example. This word has one morpheme since it cannot …

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Feb 07

Technology Empowers Life

  We all know that technology is a powerful force in our lives today, nearly impossible to avoid. Kids continue to astonish us by successfully navigating their parents’ smartphones and tablets without any formal instruction. It is precisely this ease of use that is one component of technology helping patients gain communicative ability. There are …

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Jan 17

Speech and Language Development in Elementary School

  The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) website is a fantastic resource, not only for SLPs and SLP students, but for parents as well. It provides information for both children and adults on topics such as hearing and balance, speech, language, and swallowing. Below is a link to ASHA’s page discussing the typical course of …

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Nov 29

Books Do Exist

  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! In the shopping frenzy on this Black Friday I would like to remind everyone that books make fantastic gifts. Yes, paper books. There are so many to choose from that you will surely find a perfect match for the little one in your life if you take …

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Nov 02

NYC Makes 21 the Magic Number

  Yet again NYC is a pioneer in the world of smoking limitations! The New York City Council vote was held on October 30, 2013.  The amendment was passed—35 to 10– to raise the sales age of cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.  It will also establish that 21 …

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