Tag Archive: speech

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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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 15

Emoticons XD

Has my generation been negatively impacted by emoticons and texting? No, not everyone has. Emoticons do come in handy sometimes 🙂 I got my first cell phone in eighth grade.  It was a simple flip phone that took forever to text with. But then again, that was the era when ppl made txts short.  I …

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Oct 26

Vocal Folds and… Airplanes?!

  Yep. Those things in your throat that open and close to allow you to speak have an interesting commonality with airplanes.  It’s all about the airflow.  (*side note: vocal folds and vocal cords are the same thing—they are referred to as vocal folds by SLPs and vocal cords by medical professionals) Bernoulli’s Effect states …

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Oct 19

Vowels in IPA

  There is a legitimate reason for your doctor asking you to say “ah” when examining your throat.  This particular vowel sound keeps your tongue low in your mouth (out of the doctor’s way) and like all vowels, its sound can be held for a long period of time due to the vocal tract being …

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Oct 04

Speech vs. Language

When you hear someone say “I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist” do you think, aren’t they being repetitive by saying both words: speech and language? I never really thought about the differences until recently. Language is the primary medium of human communication.  It uses socially shared codes to represent concepts we want to convey to each other. …

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