Author: Missy Thompson MS CCC SLP

Differential Diagnosis for Childhood Apraxia of Speech:

  Its Fall and apple picking is underway.  When gazing down the long rows of trees you will notice signs indicating the vast number of apple types and even apple hybrids there may be in any given orchard, and if you ever decided to make anything with those delicious apples you will notice that different recipes call for different types of apples.  We need to know the type of apples to know how to use it.  Similarly,  speech therapists need to investigate the type of speech sound errors their clients and patients may make in order to best provide the right treatment method.  This may be straightforward and understood at the time of the initial evaluation, may need follow up

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Winter is Here!

Winter is here, holiday activities are mostly over  bringing with it a significant decrease in  feasible “park days” for parents and kids to easily incorporate movement into their busy schedules.  However, movement is essential for healthy development with speech and language development as no exception. In fact, physical activity likely plays a larger role in a child’s development than previously thought. Research suggests that promoting movement and activity in young children can help increase memory, perception, language, attention, emotion and even decision making. When language is combined with movement, learning has been shown to increase 90 percent. Some ideas to consider increasing movement opportunities during these bleak months may include dance party movement breaks, nature walks with scavenger hunts, activities

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Healthy Voice for Fall and Winter 

  Cold and Flu season is right around the corner, leading to acute cases of laryngitis; temporary changes to your vocal tract. Viruses are one of the leading causes of acute laryngitis in both children and adults. When you get laryngitis, your vocal cords become  swollen and irritated often leading to a weakness in vocal production (hoarseness) or even loss of voice (aphonia). Treating the specific cause is most important. However, children who overuse or misuse their voice, can be more susceptible to losing their voice with upper respiratory infections. This season, you and your family may consider a number of helpful ways to protect, maintain, and improve your child’s vocal health.    Consider turning down or off the volume

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