Don’t Let the Cuteness Factor Trick You: Early Intervention is Best

When parents have a concern about their child’s speech and/or language development, seeking out help earlier is better. Communication is a foundational skill upon which we as humans build our lives.

We build friendships and make connections with other humans through communication. We share laughter, joy and tears in story-telling and re-telling. We connect (more…)

10 Ways to Help Develop Speech & Language Skills

There are ways to help your child develop speech and language skills way before they are actually talking to you. Children learn through their every day environment–that means from their interactions with you, extended relatives, siblings, babysitters and other caregivers. They learn through play with people and toys. Babies start learning the turn-taking nature of conversation when someone responds to their cries, their coos and babbles and even during a good game of peekaboo with a blanket or hands. (more…)

Speech Therapy: It Takes Time, Patience, Practice & Priority

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive as a speech-language pathologist is: how long will it take? When will my child be able to _____(fill in the blank)____?

This question seems easy enough. However, it’s rather complicated to answer. Here’s why. There are many factors that contribute to how speedily speech therapy will take. The path to success in speech therapy is different for everyone. For some, the path is wide, clear and fast-paced. For others, the path is littered with rest areas, roadblocks and alternative routes.

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School vs. Private Speech Therapy: What’s the Difference?

Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings. Schools, hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term residential centers, dementia units, early intervention outreach programs, accent modification businesses, autism-focused centers, mobile swallow study businesses and more. The wide-variety of workplaces for speech therapists is reflective of the large scope of practice outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Journalism & Speech Therapy: They’re Not So Different

I’m a speech-language pathologist and a former journalist. I love both. I’m fortunate in that respect. I choose two careers that have allowed me to work with people and two careers that offered me the chance to help others.

Frequently when I encounter a conversation about my professional path, people question why I made such a significant change from journalism to speech-language pathology. It always gives me a bit of chuckle. While others view the two professions as vastly different, I can likely list a counterpoint of why they are alike.

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Tips to Promote Language through Reading

Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend time. That includes reading myself as well as reading to my children. Not only do I enjoy the story but the extra snuggles are wonderful too!

Reading aloud to children is one of the best ways to promote language development. It builds vocabulary. It teaches sequencing (beginning/middle/end; problem-solution-result). Syntax. Word structure. Body language. Intonation. Rhyming. The list could go on and on. It also helps children learn their (more…)

Nice to Meet You!

Let me take a moment to introduce myself.

I am a mom, a speech-language pathologist, a former journalist, a wife, a daughter, a sister and an avid reader to name a few of the roles/titles associated with me. I’m a multi-tasker who enjoys the hustle & bustle of everyday life. I’m an active person and enjoy outdoor activities including running, biking, swimming and hiking as well as my own backyard. I love listening to music, reading a good book or the latest research, getting togetherwith friends and playing games and reading with (more…)