How do I speak to someone with a Brain Injury?

It is common for people who have a brain injury to experience difficulty understanding information. This can result in miscommunications, misunderstandings and conversational breakdown. Having a good communication partner can make all the difference! The following are some strategies to help you be an excellent communication partner to those who are living with an acquired … Continue reading “How do I speak to someone with a Brain Injury?”

Do you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a diagnosis for people who have deficits (present in early childhood) which are persistent in 4 main areas of development: Social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities Unusual responses to sensory input Impacts on … Continue reading “Do you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?”

Accent Reduction – Can I Improve My Spoken English?

Why do I have an Accent Anyway? Accents are a result of your speech patterns from your native language. As a child, you acquired your native language without difficulty or even thinking about it.  Our ability to learn new languages is at a peak during childhood.  Once we enter young adulthood, learning a new language … Continue reading “Accent Reduction – Can I Improve My Spoken English?”

Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

Are you worried about your child’s speech?  Do you wonder whether your child needs Speech Therapy? Here is some information to help you decide. 1)      Speech development is an ongoing process. That means that children do not develop or master all speech sounds when they begin talking. Please see the following link to a chart … Continue reading “Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?”

Let’s Be Revolutionary Thinkers Like Frank Lloyd Wright!

I recently met with a client who had suffered a stroke.  In order to understand him better and develop a treatment plan that would be meaningful for him, I asked him if he had a mentor that had guided him in his business ventures.  He told me Frank Lloyd Wright.  This week, I have spent … Continue reading “Let’s Be Revolutionary Thinkers Like Frank Lloyd Wright!”

The SMART Way to Achieve Your Goals

Have you ever set a goal that you did not achieve?  If so, don’t be discouraged.  Try this quick and easy method for setting goals that will lead you to success! Let’s say your original goal is, “I will get good grades in school”.  This goal is too general, which will make it very difficult … Continue reading “The SMART Way to Achieve Your Goals”

What Makes Howard Stern a Great Communicator?

A lot of people who listen to Howard Stern think he is vulgar, crass and inappropriate.   Being a Speech-Language Pathologist, I find it fascinating that although his content is risqué, he has one of the biggest, if not the biggest following of any radio broadcaster; and he is known as one of the best interviewers … Continue reading “What Makes Howard Stern a Great Communicator?”

5 Easy Tips to Help Build Your Child’s Vocabulary.

Vocabulary skills in Kindergarten predict later reading success, and are directly linked to a child’s overall school achievement. Therefore, it is important for parents and caregivers to encourage vocabulary development through conversations, interactions and everyday routines.  Here are some simple tips to help build your child’s vocabulary: Use daily routines to introduce new vocabulary. You will … Continue reading “5 Easy Tips to Help Build Your Child’s Vocabulary.”

Are you Worried that your Toddler is Stuttering?

Are you worried that your toddler is stuttering?  Many parents call us worried, reporting that their toddler has started to stutter.  They then ask if this is normal. The first thing I tell parents is that some toddlers do stutter as they go through periods of language growth and are learning how to put words together … Continue reading “Are you Worried that your Toddler is Stuttering?”

It’s on the Tip of my Tongue. 5 Word Finding Strategies!

Have you ever had the experience of knowing what you want to say but being unable to think of the words? This frustrating problem happens to everyone at one point or another but tends to be a common difficulty that our clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) deal with on a regular basis. Here are … Continue reading “It’s on the Tip of my Tongue. 5 Word Finding Strategies!”