sleep

Planning for sleep

  | Planning for sleep | It’s a common issue I hear from parents: ‘my child didn’t sleep well last night’. Sleep deprivation is a concern that is frequent for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is a regular issue encountered by the team here at Therapy Spot. The most common problems include: difficulty falling asleep, … Continue reading “Planning for sleep”

Reading and literacy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  | Reading and literacy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders | As Speech Language Pathologists we have specialized knowledge in the area of literacy learning. Unfortunately, literacy skills are not typically included in the assessment of and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). There are many misconceptions relating to reading in ASD, including: that … Continue reading “Reading and literacy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Is There a Disadvantage To Teaching Your Child Multiple Languages?

Trilingualism and language development With our ever-growing multicultural and mobile society, raising trilingual children is a reality for many of our families. Parents are faced with many choices with regards to language acquisition. Do we promote one language in particular? If so, which one? Do we use the “one parent- one language” approach where each parent … Continue reading “Is There a Disadvantage To Teaching Your Child Multiple Languages?”

Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

Vocal Hygiene: Taking Care of Your Voice

Think about how often you use your voice everyday – talking on the telephone, visiting with friends, ordering at a restaurant. In addition to communicating your emotions and attitudes, your voice is strongly linked to your overall sense of self (Clark). Now, imagine what would happen if you developed a voice disorder. Approximately 4 to … Continue reading “Vocal Hygiene: Taking Care of Your Voice”

Mental Illness and Communication Impairment – Is There A Connection?

Mental health has been a growing field of study for researchers in more recent years in order to spread awareness and stop the stigmas associated with mental illnesses.  Some of those who have encountered mental illness in their lives have also experienced symptoms of self isolation and communication difficulties, which has led to the inability … Continue reading “Mental Illness and Communication Impairment – Is There A Connection?”

Brain Changes Seen After One Week Of Therapy for Stuttering!

What is stuttering? Stuttering is a speech disorder commonly found in children, where speech is disfluent, with several repetitions of speech sounds during communication. Although this has no damage to the physical health of a person, it can be hard to efficiently communicate with other people. Most people who stutter go to a speech therapist … Continue reading “Brain Changes Seen After One Week Of Therapy for Stuttering!”

Emotional and Psychological Effects of Stuttering

It’s common to fumble over our words every now and then. When this happens, we typically feel flustered, but we are often able to quickly recover and move on. However, for those who stutter, there may be more profound emotional and psychological consequences. Due to this, it’s important that their feelings don’t go ignored. An … Continue reading “Emotional and Psychological Effects of Stuttering”

Where Should Therapy Take Place After Having A Stroke?

A stroke is more than an obstruction of blood within the brain.  It causes ischemia, a loss of oxygen, to important brain areas which in turn causes the cells in these areas to die.  This is a problem because the areas that have been damaged by a lack of oxygen may be regions of the … Continue reading “Where Should Therapy Take Place After Having A Stroke?”

Bilingualism: Does It Benefit Us In The Event of A Stroke?

What is Aphasia? At Simone Friedman SLS, one of the most commonly treated difficulties is aphasia secondary to a stroke.  Aphasia is a language disorder that affect the ability to read, write and produce and understand speech.  It commonly occurs when someone has experienced a stroke on the left side of the brain as this … Continue reading “Bilingualism: Does It Benefit Us In The Event of A Stroke?”