Posts by Kai Long

Supported Breathing for Speech: It’s Critical

Supported Breathing for Speech: It’s Critical

Supported breathing for speech is not just important for communication, but for life. Yup,  try living and not breathing, just not happening. We call that state, being dead! So, yes we all know breathing is vital, but did you know that breathing affects your speech? Problems such as poor vocal quality,  reduced volume, strong accents, or […]

3rd Grade Communication Goals: More than words?

3rd-grade Communication Goals: It’s a pivotal year 3rd is a pivotal year for students so it’s important to know 3rd-grade communication goals. Students begin to go from learning to read to reading to learn. Often children who have been receiving speech and language services since preschool are weaned off services because they have a solid language foundation. […]

Homework Support: Who Do I Choose?

Homework Support: Who Do I Choose?

Identifying homework support isn’t always as easy as calling a math or English tutor.  Sometimes finding the right type of homework support is difficult because what is needed is not just help in one subject, but support for underlying weaknesses, that impact academic learning.  In order to get the right kind of help with homework, […]

Foreign Accents: To change or not to change…

I love foreign accents.  The lyrical rhythms of different languages are beautiful to hear, but there are times when a heavy accent interferes with people’s ability to comprehend communication, that is when accent reduction/modification is beneficial.  For the professor, who speaks English as a second language, it can be frustrating to have to continually repeat what has […]

Language vs Executive Function Skills?

Language vs Executive Function Skills?

Lately, I have been dealing with an insurance company and they asked me, ” Are you working on language vs executive function with your client?” I was stumped? My client has Asperger’s syndrome, so of course, I am working on both, so I wondered, “How do I answer this question?” We want to compartmentalize everything. As if one thing […]

Second Language Acquisition: To Learn or Not to Learn

Second language acquisition for students with language-based learning disabilities is sometimes difficult.  Logically it makes sense,  students who have trouble learning their dominant language, it’s assumed, will have trouble learning a second language. However because learning a second language can be difficult does that mean students with language-based learning disabilities should not learn one,  maybe, maybe […]

Speech-language therapy vs Tutoring (Updated)

Holistic speech therapy practice

Speech-language therapy vs tutoring: What’s the difference? With so many support services available, understanding the difference between speech-language therapy vs tutoring is important, in order to choose the right services for yourself or your child. Speech-language therapy vs tutoring Tutors re-teach information taught in the classroom.  Students acquire information at different rates, not all master what […]

Communication Problems: Fighting Back

Communication Problems: Fighting Back

Did you know that last month was National Poetry Month? An amazing young client of mine is pen pals with this year’s National Youth Poet Laureate. My client also earned an honorable mention for her haiku in this year’s National poetry competition. She does not let communication challenges stop her. Amanda Gorman says, “I’ve been pen-palling […]

Reading and Language Intervention: Should we stop now?

“It is likely that children who have reading and language intervention in the primary grades will continue to need additional supplementary experiences in the upper grades as well. We know that the literacy demands are of a different nature for older children; as children proceed through the grades, they are expected to learn from informational […]

Not eligible for speech-language services

No longer eligible for speech and language services

Not eligible for speech-language services “Not eligible for speech and language services!”  What’s going on? Your child has been receiving speech and language services for several years or needs services.  After a recent team meeting, you were informed that your child is not eligible for speech-language services. How can this be? Is this the right time […]

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