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?”

We Are Hiring!

We currently have an opening for a full and/or part-time Speech-Language Pathologist. The successful candidates will possess the following traits: At least 2 years experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist Experience working with children with developmental language difficulties, Autism and ADHD. Experience working with children with motor speech difficulties Experience with accent reduction and improving public speaking skills … Continue reading “We Are Hiring!”

Effects of Chronic Marijuana Use in Adolescence

The unifying chant “free the weed” was heard recently in the Toronto downtown core for the annual Global Marijuana March (Yuen, 2016). Rally attendees sought to push the liberal government to accelerate their promise to legalize marijuana. Political debates and legalization is ongoing, one prominent reason for prolonged legislation is the adverse effects of early … Continue reading “Effects of Chronic Marijuana Use in Adolescence”

What Parenting Style Results in the Most Well Adjusted Children?

Parenting style can be a major factor in what kind of person your child can become. In this paper, the authors discuss how the different dynamics of parent-child interactions can predict the child’s social, emotional, and cognitive functioning.  To make these predictions, the authors were concerned with these four features of the parent-child relationship:   … Continue reading “What Parenting Style Results in the Most Well Adjusted Children?”

Motivation in Rehab

Interactive Video Floor Improves Brain Injury Recovery Brain injuries can cause an array of symptoms, from an individual’s ability to walk/move to their speech, from their vision to their clarity of thought, and from their ability to remember information and events to their emotion regulation. After experiencing difficulty walking and moving following a brain injury, … Continue reading “Motivation in Rehab”