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“Your Fantastic Elastic Brain”: Motivating Children and Teens with Speech and Language Disorders

“Your Fantastic Elastic Brain”: Motivating Children and Teens with Speech and Language Disorders

Speech-language therapy strengths your brain. Struggling to motivate children and teens with speech and language disorders is an ongoing concern. Many learn to navigate around their deficit using strategies, but others avoid learning risks at all cost.  In therapy using interests and games is a popular motivator, but using these tools does not teach students […]

Social engineering to improve social deficits

Social engineering to improve social deficits

In a recent article in Attitude magazine, a magazine that offers strategies and support for people and their families with ADHD and LD, a mom created a Facebook birthday event for her son with Asperger syndrome.  No one wanted to come to her son’s 13th birthday  and her son was upset.  She decided to with […]

Language Challenges Uncovered: The Foundation for Academic Achievement Part 2

Language Challenges Uncovered: The Foundation for Academic Achievement Part 2

If language is the foundation for academic achievement then what do language challenges look like in everyday life? There are many areas that can impact language including word finding, auditory processing, comprehension and As a speech therapist one of the most telling signs of word finding problems  in children and adults is the frequent use […]

Language: The Foundation for Academic Part 1

Language: The Foundation for Academic  Part 1

The foundation of language chart above provides a simplified view of language development to show how early language development supports future academic achievement. Because we so often take language for granted and schools often downplay the impact of speech and language challenges after the third grade, it is  easy not to realize, that even small speech […]