Entries by Gretchen Olson

What to do When Your Kid is Too Loud!

All parents have experienced the desire for their child to speak in an ‘indoor voice’ when an ‘outdoor voice’ seems to be all their child wants to use.  Modulating voice is an important skill for kids to learn.  Read on for possible reasons your child may use a voice that is too loud and for […]

What is a Videoflouroscopic Swallow Study?

Many children experience feeding and swallowing difficulties and they present in a variety of different ways. In order to provide the most effective and appropriate therapy, it is often that physical or physiological abnormalities of the swallowing mechanism must first be ruled out. In order to do this, a video swallow study – Videofluoroscopic Swallow […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help Your Child With:

The title “speech-language pathologist” can be a difficult one to discern. In addition, the shortened “speech therapist” can also be misleading. Speech-Language Pathologists work with children and adults on a wide variety of skills that may surprise you. Speech sounds are not the only skill that SLPs work on! The following list is, by no […]

New Years Resolutions: A Chance for Kids to Make Goals and See Their Achievements

We frequently set goals for ourselves; parents set their sights on goals for their children and therapists identify skill areas to build upon  for the children they work with. There is a reason why we make a new years resolution with each year that passes- it is motivating to set your sights on something new. […]

Reading: It Comes in Stages

Reading can sometimes appear to be an overnight skill, and there are even children who “teach themselves” to read before they reach the first grade. Often, it is a wonder that kids enter one grade with minimal letter knowledge and leave reading books on their own. It has been my experience that the skill of reading is […]

Swallowing Disorders vs. Feeding Disorders in Children

Swallowing Disorder and Dysphagia are terms that are used often to specifically describe difficulty eating as a result of physiological or anatomical issues. These issues result in the inefficiency or inability of a child to safely ingest an age-appropriate diet that meets all nutritional needs. For example, an infant who is unable to coordinate the […]

A Checklist for Language Based Reading Difficulties

Learning to read is such a monumental milestone for children in early elementary school, but it can also be a source of stress for concerned parents or for children who don’t seem to “pick it up” as easily as others. Since reading is a fundamental skill which only increases in importance as students move on […]

Trisomy, What Does It Mean?

  The term Trisomy 18 has gotten significant media coverage in the last month as Rick Santorum’s daughter, who was born with the chromosomal disorder, was recently hospitalized. Santorum cites his family’s struggles with his daughter’s medical condition as a partial player in his decision to remove himself from the current political campaign. But what, exactly is […]

Feeding Difficulty in Children- How Common Is It?

It is often assumed that eating is a natural instinct children are born with and that difficulties in this area are rare. Not so. Various studies into feeding disorders have identified a wide variety of prevalence statistics. It is known that some children are at an increased risk for feeding difficulty; those who are born […]