Tag Archive: QC Voices

May 13

Semantics- the meaning behind it all

  Semantics is the content portion of language, referring to the meaning of words.  Every utterance has some type of meaning to it, otherwise it wouldn’t be said in the first place. It is also possible for the utterance to code for more than one meaning. For example, you might say something like “I drove my new …

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May 08

No Shame in Earplugs!

  Wearing earplugs at a rock concert seems counterintuitive, right? The whole point of going is to scream/sing as loud as humanly possible and experience your favorite band (like Bon Jovi for instance) in a different way than merely playing the CD. Although, looking back at those concerts after being introduced to hearing science, I …

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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 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 21

Cognition- The Sensorimotor Stage

If you have taken an introductory psychology course you probably remember learning about Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development. They are Sensorimotor (birth to 2 yrs), Pre–operational (2 to 7 yrs), Concrete Operational (7 to 11 yrs), and Formal Operational (11 yrs and up). The most critical of these stages relative to language development is the …

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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 21

Form, Content, Use– Repeat.

These are the three components of language, umbrella topics so to speak, which comprise what we use to create a message. Form includes phonology (rules about speech sounds), morphology (small units of meaning within words), and syntax (word order). Content includes semantics (meaning of words). And Use includes pragmatics (rules for communication through language). Throughout …

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Feb 14

How to be a Successful Conversationalist

There are those people (or at least one person) in our lives who are fantastic story tellers, captivating our imaginations with every word.  There are also those people who are terrible at getting their point across. You know, that person that makes you cringe a little when the phone rings or you see that tiny …

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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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