• Progress in speech therapy?

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    Hi. Parent here. How long does it typically take to see progress in speech therapy?

  • April

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    Master of Science, CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist

    Check out expert insights/tips on early feeding development❣️🤩🤓

    “I share that the primary issue arises when children become solely dependent on pouches for nutrition, missing out on essential chewing experiences needed to further oral motor development and exposing them to a limited range of tastes and textures.”

    “In many cases of selective eaters, I find that educating caregivers about toddlers and their relationship with food, and coaching them on fun food activities, relieves stress for both caregiver and child.” -Stefanie LaManna, Speech-Language Pathologist

    Stefanie goes on to share ways SLPs can support caregivers:
    💖Educate them of developmental expectations/indicators of pediatric feeding disorders that expand past picky eating
    💖Refer them to a dietitian for specific and individualized expectations regarding growth and weight gain
    💖Encourage engagement with their child in less stressful food-related activities that incorporate learning absent of demands to actually eat
    💖Suggest ways to make food fun so their child can explore foods without feeling pressured or overwhelmed

    Read full article in detail here: https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/2024-0501-picky-eaters-feeding-pouches-slp/full/

  • April

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    Master of Science, CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist

    Did you know that childhood is a crucial period for not only speech language development but for building cognitive development?

    During times of today when screentime is at an all time high, social communication skills, motor planning, and attention difficulties are being experienced by children worldwide like never before.

    This summer, monitor your child’s overexposure to screen time and encourage your child’s participation in routine physical activities.

    Scientific studies show, children who are more physically active have increased chances of demonstrating improvement in the following areas:
    -focusing capabilities which include joint attention- coordinating one’s attention with others, attuning to stimuli and structured tasks presented for uninterrupted durations of time
    -memory recall- retrieving information and/or experiences from the past
    -emotional regulation- contributes to one’s ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experiences and process a variety of emotions; monitoring, evaluating, and modifying emotional reactions
    -executive functions- contributes to one’s ability to select and monitor behaviors that can facilitate the accomplishment of one’s goals
    -social communication skills- interacting with others whether it be verbal and/or nonverbal communication in addition to understanding why and how one communicates

    Improvements in all the aforementioned areas can yield to higher academic performance.

  • April

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    Master of Science, CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist

    "AAC" (augmentative and alternative communication) and/or “SGD” (speech-generating devices) Recommendations and Justifying Medical Need for Speech Friends

    The routine practice of exposing speech friends you deem “total communicators” to the 4 different methods of communication would include the following:
    -verbal word production
    -American Sign Language (ASL) or Makaton
    -low tech core board
    -high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (high-tech AAC) also known as speech-generating device (SGD) for short

    For the sake of short-hand communication I refer to these as "The Big Four". As we fully embrace culturally competent approaches as a society, exposing speech friends to all 4 methods of communication provide communication experts with the evidence needed to prove, without a doubt, that AAC is truly a medical need for the beautiful friends we serve.

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    During the initial evaluations, I expose friends to The Big Four (always using simultaneous ASL with core words I verbally express. If the child does not respond/imitate my model of ASL/verbal utterance then I model with core board use then apply the same approach to SGD).

    You may say to yourself, "but my friends are already positively responding to SGD!" And I completely understand this perspective but, as scientific experts, we need to add evidence to SGD being the child’s preferred choice and their power/right to choose, not ours.

    This is why, when seeking to obtain SGD funding, ethical SGD/AAC funding support providers require SLPs to indicate if a child has been exposed to “The Big Four” as a means of determining true insurance coverage (if we haven't trialed all methods of communication then we technically have no subjective evidence to prove SGD is a medical need; no evidence = subjective or assumed need).

    We don't want to assume a child's preferred method of communication without first exposing them to “The Big Four”. This is the evidenced based reasoning behind commonly used "total communication" goals- when we model The Big Four (which includes acceptance of sounds and word approximations), it allows the child a safe/encouraging space to show us which one is his/her/their preferred means of communication through observed evidence.

    I realize some friends may not have "total communication" listed within their goals (at the time of assessment, maybe these friends appeared to prefer verbal communication) but, if your observed evidence is proving that a friend behaviorally and/or emotionally benefits from a total communication approach, careful consideration to update this accommodation to his/her/their treatment plan (so as to fully capture this technique as a documentable and evidenced reminder) is best professional practice.

    Expert Expressions that Improve Parent's Understanding of SGD:
    -Replace “tablet/iPad” with the specific use of “high-tech AAC” (augmentative and alternative communication), "AAC" for short, and/or “SGD” (speech-generating devices) for most precise naming
    -Remind parents that AAC can be low tech or high tech
    -Repeated use/exposure of these labels to help channel the message that it is actually the access to the words on the SGD/high-tech AAC device that supports the child’s ability to communicate not the tablet use alone.

    For a professional consults related to this topic please reach out to schedule a client consultation session with me on Liricare as I am happy to discuss more❣️

  • Liri

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    Beyond the evident language difficulties, aphasia profoundly impacts the emotional and psychological well-being of those affected. This blog examines the emotional effects of aphasia and discusses strategies to address these challenges, offering valuable insights for speech-language pathologists and families supporting their loved ones' recovery journey.

    Check it out: https://content.liricare.com/understanding-the-emotional-impact-of-aphasia/

  • Natalie

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    Speech-Language Pathologist & Content Creator

    Excited to share our latest episode of "Regulation, Mindset & Launching Your Own Business: An SLP's Guide" featuring the amazing Emma Provenzano! 🚀

    Join us as we delve into Emma's inspiring journey from being an interpreter in special education to becoming a successful speech-language pathologist. Emma offers invaluable insights for parents, speech therapists, and anyone seeking to enrich their lives.

    https://nataliemarieslp.com/podcast/regulation-business

  • The unique benefits of play-based learning in s...

    Liri

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    Play-based learning is transforming speech therapy, creating a fun and effective environment for children with communication issues. This approach not only facilitates a natural learning setting but also significantly boosts speech and language skills. Our blog delves into how integrating playful activities into therapy sessions greatly benefits young learners.

    Click here: https://content.liricare.com/play-based-learning-speech-therapy/

  • Liri

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    Advancing Speech Success: Our latest blog offers an in-depth guide on developing effective IEP goals for speech therapy. Find essential advice for parents and educators targeting meaningful advancements in communication skills. Click here for to real the blog:

    https://content.liricare.com/iep-goals-speech-therapy/

  • Hadil

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    Occupational Therapist

    Sensory integration and sensory diet can improve the symptoms of children with
    attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This feasibility study aimed to evaluate the effect of using a sensory diet smartphone application by mothers on the main symptoms of their
    children with ADHD, including hyperactivity, attention deficit, and impulsivity.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e19086

  • Liri

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    Storytelling isn't just for bedtime. In speech therapy, it's a gateway to language development, comprehension, and emotional connection. Explore our latest blog for insights into making every word count. Click here to read more about the innovative strategies and success stories that are shaping the future of speech-language pathology.

    https://content.liricare.com/the-powerful-impact-of-storytelling-in-speech-therapy/