COVID19 and ASD

We have all been preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic, but how can we not be. Good news is that this year, one since this post was originally written, we have a vaccine! I’ve re-written it with reflection in mind and the fact that there is concern. April is also Autism Awareness month and April 2ndContinue reading “COVID19 and ASD”

Benefits of Clear Masks

Those with hearing challenges may need to be able to lip-read and for that reason, a different type of mask is available to them. It is called a mask with a “mouth expression shield”. As a speech-language pathologist, I see real benefits for the use of this mask when children are in school be theyContinue reading “Benefits of Clear Masks”

What Does it Mean?

  The need for discussions about the Black Lives Matter movement and racism is a very real and saddening sign of our times. How do you start this discussion? How do you discuss if remarks are racist or not? In the presence of higher-level language deficits in those with a non-verbal language disorder or socialContinue reading “What Does it Mean?”

Language Development and COVID19

The “new norm” of saying “Hello” and “Good-bye” Language impaired children often have trouble interpreting facial expressions. Increasing numbers of states may be required that everyone except for those under the age of two wear masks. How will this affect social skills? Reading the emotions of others is so important to be able to communicateContinue reading “Language Development and COVID19”

Summer Tech Use?

On Facebook recently, I read the following question from a parent and had some ideas about what might be helpful: “Anyone had success in detaching their kids from the electronic world? I have a huge concern about what this is doing to my 2 boys with multiple letters in their diagnosis…I am afraid our summerContinue reading “Summer Tech Use?”

Speaking About Unspeakable History

What King said in a 1967 speech, titled “The Other America,” was: Certain conditions continue to exist in our society, which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? … It hasContinue reading “Speaking About Unspeakable History”

Can You Hear Me?

Homes with multiple children and pets can be hectic and loud, requiring extra attention to everyone and stressful for families. Especially being at home at this time, being mindful of your child’s ability to hear will be especially important. Infants Ear infections are more frequent in babies who have hearing aids because fluid becomes trappedContinue reading “Can You Hear Me?”

Home Friendly Preschool Activities

Continuing with information about language activities at home during this Better Speech and Hearing Month is an article that i am sharing from https://www.asha.org for your review. At Home With Young Children? Build Preschoolers’ Speech and Language Skills With Everyday Interactions and Activities As families around the country shelter in place, parents of preschoolers canContinue reading “Home Friendly Preschool Activities”

Virtual Schooling Tips

In a challenging time for the ability to educate your child, parents are struggling in the manner in which children have to learn. With this being Better Speech and Hearing Month (BHSM), this second BSHM post relates to how you can better help your child (and yourself) succeed at tele-schooling.

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. This is a month designed to educate others about these areas and provide resources. Well… during this COVID 19 declared state of emergency, families have inquired about the need to structure time at home. In response to this concern, I am posting ideas and include some links atContinue reading “LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES”

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