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 […]
About Gretchen Olson
Gretchen Olson is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with children in a great variety of settings including schools, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Being one of five children herself, Gretchen has been surrounded by and worked with children for as long as she can remember. Prior to earning her degree in Speech Language Pathology from Rush University, she worked for the May Institute at a school designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders where she was trained to use and teach the Picture Exchange Communication System. At this school, Gretchen was also very involved in the selection and training of alternative augmentative communication systems for students' use.
Gretchen has participated in research related to patient advocacy and increasing awareness of the language disorder, aphasia. She most recently presented an educational DVD that she was involved in creating which is aimed at educating emergency personnel about aphasia at the ASHA convention in Philadelphia in November, 2010.
Entries by Gretchen Olson
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As pediatric therapists in Glenview, Highland Park and Bucktown, we are always looking for child friendly places to suggest to our clients. Below is a list of five infant friendly places for parents to try out with their kids! Kohl Children’s Museum 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview IL The Kohl Children’s Museum is the perfect place […]
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 […]