“Airplane” not “Mama:” Language Development in Children with Asperger Syndrome

Language development in children with Asperger Syndrome is often typical for verbal language but delayed in language use. “Compared with those affected by other forms of autism spectrum disorders those with Asperger syndrome (AS) do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development,” states the “Autism Speak’s” website.  Slow developing non-verbal language skills in children …

Learning Styles: Are they a Myth?

We may be required to unlearn what we once thought was true about learning styles. Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists Sunday 12 March 2017 20.01 EDT Last modified on Sunday 7 May 2017 12.28 EDT Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched …

Speech and Language Deficits Impact Life

Recently the Museum of Science exhibited Leonardo da Vinci's work.  Recreations of his drawings were made into physical models.  I was struck by his inventiveness and his ability to both write and sell his ideas. His communication strengths were obvious from his displayed writings convincing Ludovico Sforza of Milan to hire him to his elaborate …

Language is the Key to Academic Success

When there’s inequity in learning, it’s usually baked into life, Harvard analysts say. Source: The Costs of Inequality: Education Is the Key to It All - US News Language is the key to academic success. A few students from backgrounds with limited resources do well often because they love reading and in that way acquire the …

The Game Is Speech-Language Therapy: Treating & Motivating in a Natural Context

Games vs. Therapy Sometimes parents are confused and kids think they are getting over on their parents because all they did today in speech language therapy was play a game. They don't understand that the Game is speech-language therapy.  Speech therapist don't give grades or set rules so how do they get kids to cooperate. …

Transitioning to College with Learning Disabilities

Post high school education can be challenging for students transitioning from high school with special education services on little or no transition planning.   Concerns about self-care, class preparation, and social interactions are ever-present for all freshman. However, especially for students with who have been fully supported with special education services through high school, the changes …

Discovering What Works: Managing homework battles

My daughter is now in the 8th grade. Our "homework battles" are primarily behind us, but not forgotten.  I wish I could say it just took time. That would negate all the wonderful help she's received.  Managing homework battles takes a thoughtful, comprehensive approach.  It requires perseverance, patience, and sometimes skilled help to address the underlying …

New Services: Early Intervention

Long on Language is pleased to announce the addition of early intervention speech/language services.   Services are offered in our office, at home or schools in our local area. Discovering and managing speech and language problems early is the best way to prevent later communication problems. Recognizing the signs of language problems is the first step …

The Misdiagnoses of Language and Learning Challenges in Young People

Often children and teens with language and learning challenges are misdiagnosed. For example, a writing disorder diagnosis may fail to address problems with oral language. Some children have problems with written and oral language, but if a speech pathologist isn’t part of the evaluation process or if the speech pathologist is not familiar with evaluating children …