Friday, October 16, 2015

Speech App of the Week

Check out what KSL News from Utah has to say about their pick of apps.
Nice Job CompleteSpeech company.  I recognized the pit crew! Way to go!
Having children do speech homework has always been a challenge, but using an app helps, and having a fun app is even better!.  Speech apps are a great resource for parents and speech therapists.
Check out their other app; Vowel Viz Pro.



https://ksl.com/?sid=36954972&nid=1012&title=new-app-uses-speech-recognition-to-improve-articulation&s_cid=queue-3&utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=51a9a764db-ASHA+PR&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e115296228-51a9a764db-288621381



Monday, October 5, 2015

MOST COMMON QUESTION ASKED BY PARENTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

The most common question asked by parents: 
 “My child's speech and language is delayed so what should I do now?”

Here are a few questions I ask parents:


1.  How much do you understand your child's speech (see ASHA.org for developmental chart, (typical rule of thumb; by 3 yrs old, they should be 80% understood, 4 yrs old= 90% understood, 5 years old 100% understood)

2. How much do others understand your child's speech? (Especially with-out context)?

3. How many words can your child produce? (Rule of thumb; by age two, they should have 50 productive words, and be able to put two words together “mom’s shoes”, Go byebye”.

4.  What else affects your child?  (hearing issues, tongue tied? Motor issues, sensory issues, attention, or cognitive issues, etc). This is very important to know, so we know what and how to work with your child.


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My top suggestions:


A) Get help; Get a full speech and language evaluation. If your child is age 1- 2 ½ call your state (local) Early Intervention program. (Each state calls it my different names; in Utah, it’s called “Kids on the Move”.) If your child is 3-5 years old, you can get testing done free through your school district first.  You can also check your local university speech and language clinic- they often need clients.  Check your insurance providers for therapists.  You can find local therapists through ASHA.org

B). Get "side" issues checked out by physicians and specialists; Get hearing checked, resolve tongue tied issues, motor issues, sensory issues, cognitive issues, etc. (very important to know what to rule out first. Often therapy can’t begin without everything being resolved, as that takes time.)

C) Work on "listening" attending games. (Say “listen”, do you hear (pause) then name something.  or animal sounds;, "What says (pause, see if they are listening first, then say the sound "moo?" Try giving 2 step directions to see if they are listening and can follow the instructions in the right order.  Have them listen to loud and quiet sounds and they can say it’s loud or it’s quiet,  Same thing with high and low sounds.
Try different sequence of sounds;  like Simon Says with words (say 2-3 words, have them repeat the sequence, or try actions- clap, touch elbow, shoulder, etc.

D) Provide lots of Auditory Bombardment; Label everything for your child.  A child has to hear your speech models often and then they try to imitate you. (Read books, sing songs, and play with your kids; bubble, balloon, blocks- pause for responses for “want more?” “Which color?” label items,)

E)  Support your child's expressive language; Try "forced choices"  "Tell me what you want for every meal and snack time" "water or milk?"  "Cookie or cracker?"
Acknowledge their attempts as good. Model the word again as they reach for it but get them to try to say the word. (Try up to 5 times; with pauses, then give a "free sample" ) Give only one small sample. not the whole item.  The idea is to get lots of practice opportunities through out the day.  If the food is an incentive stretch out this practice time as much as you can.  Do the same with toys and activities.  


F)  Reduce Frustration; Teach simple sign language (hand movements are easier than mouth movements for some kids early on). (Basic signs are available on the internet) Just start with 1-2, use often, then add one sign per day or week.  Before you know it, your child will be talking and signing, then just talking and talking. It will reduce frustration for everyone.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

FALL SPEECH REGISTRATION

WELCOME TO FALL REGISTRATION


Steps to Register
1. Call Ann (801-372-4383) or email (adorais159@gmail.com) to schedule a speech evaluation. (we can discuss a fee reduction for the evaluation if it's been done within 6 months).

2. Fill out the client history form; on this blog's main page (top left)

3. Therapy services can cover;  Articulation, Accent Modification, Auditory processing,  Stuttering, Literacy, Expressive and Receptive Language, Social Skills, and Voice.

4. Afternoon slots are filling-up fast.  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

More Twin Speech Practice

Here are a few more videos from the Twin's progress.

The students do R-warm-ups at the beginning of each session as they monitor their production and watch the display.  You will see this was an actual warm-up sample as I had to tell them to fix couple of their trials.
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Each student has progressed to sentence level with their medial and final Rs
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DOUBLE FUN


HELPING ONE CHILD IS GREAT FUN, AND HELPING TWO IS EVEN MORE FUN.
CAN YOU TELL THEM APART?

HERE IS A SHORT CLIP OF THE TWINS (B & M) PUTTING ON THEIR SMARTPALATES.
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RETURN TO THIS SITE AND SEE THE TWINS DO THEIR "R" WARM-UP ACTIVITY.
LATER, YOU CAN SEE THE TWINS WORKING ON WORDS AND THEIR CREATIVE SENTENCES.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

FREE APP; SPEECH RACER FOR R PRODUCTION

CHECK OUT THIS APP called 'SPEECH RACER"LITE
The grading system is fun for kids and adults.  It grades correct and incorrect R productions.
 Complete Speech  made the lite version to help manage all the minor bugs as users provide their feedback.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-racer-lite/id739540894?mt=8&utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=81590e6e13-NCSHLA+Poster&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e115296228-81590e6e13-288621381

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BETTER SPEECH AND LANGUAGE MONTH


For Better Speech and Hearing Month here are a few websites that will help you to understand speech and language issues.  Also I listed a few of my favorite apps that I use in therapy and recommend for parents to have to help with speech and language skills.

Go to http://www.asha.org/
Go to http://www.stutteringhelp.org/
Check out http://www.completespeech.com/

Check out my top speech and language apps;
 a)  For articulation;   http://littlebeespeech.com/ 
b)   For co-articulation;   https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vowelviz/id740035896?mt=8 
c) For language skills;  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/languagebuilder-for-ipad/id405801365 
d) For children fun, home and store; http://www.myplayhomeapp.com/
e) For more fun: toca hair, doctor, kitchen; http://tocaboca.com/

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Progress- Happy Day

Happy Day!   It's a great day when clients make break throughs.  Today several clients made break throughs with their progress towards their goals of improving their target sounds.

What did I learn today?
1. One week can make a huge difference with progress with homework
2. The right homework can make a huge difference.
3. Having the client actually do their homework makes a huge difference.


What did they use?
1.  They used their everyday words they had trouble with.
2. They used the SmartPalate system at home and the clinic.

What did they do for homework?
1. They paid attention to the overlays of their target sound.
2. They used the counter clicker (to keep track of the number of productions practiced.
3. They paid attention to the audio display to make each production clean, clear, and consistent.







Sunday, March 22, 2015

SmartPlate in the Education News

A previous client's parent found this article to share.

Speech Therapists Get Inside View With New Device



http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/10/12/07speechside.h31.html?override=web

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Working with Clients

What to look for in a speech therapist.
Here are a few basic things to look into.
1. Correct Credentials; they should have completed a masters program and be nationally certified.
For speech therapy they should have MA, CCC-SLP  or MS, CCC-SLP, next to their name.
2. Experience working in the area you are searching for.
3. Be on major referral lists: University Lists, Public School List, National Speech list (ASHA list) (American Speech Hearing Association)
4. Special organization list: e.g. I'm listed under the Stuttering Foundation of America List.
5. Be licensed with your State; occupational and professional license.
6. Have a city business license - if a private provider

The therapist should at least "enjoy" if not "love" their work and their clients.  This makes a huge difference with building positive rapport for successful sessions.

I can truly say I LOVE WORKING WITH MY CLIENTS!


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Bea is doing a warm-up, paying attention to correct placement, airflow, and adding voicing.








Sunday, January 25, 2015

SLP PROVIDER LISTINGS

HAPPY 2015

It's a good time to listen to your children's speech.  Remember to encourage them to talk and to focus on their content (message).  Let them know 4-5 positive things to one fix it.
If they need more help than one fix it,  You may want to consult your local professional speech language pathologist (SLP.)  They are good at fixing all sorts of speech and language issues.

HERE ARE SEVERAL PLACES TO CHECK FOR SLP PROVIDERS
1. ASHA.org http://www.asha.org/
2. State occupational and professional Providers: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
3. insurance company listings. (I won't be on that list, as I'm not an insurance     provider).  Many good providers are not insurance providers.
4. Your local school district may have a list of private providers,
5. Your local Universities may have a list of private providers.