Entries by Jaclyn Schneider

5 Tips to Make Speech-Language Therapy Successful

With what little time there is, it is important to maximize the efficiency of speech-language therapy, thereby increasing the chance of success. Life is busy, and children are involved in numerous after-school activities. Whether karate, dance, violin, or speech-language therapy, time after school is precious. 5 Tips to Make Speech-Language Therapy Successful Frequency: After completing […]

How Does Rhyming Help My Child Read?

How does rhyming help my child read? Much like any other skill, children need to set a strong foundation of pre-literacy skills before learning to read. These children need to understand the alphabetic principle, or the awareness of letter-sound correspondence. Before being successful readers, children must also learn about phonological awareness, or the understanding that […]

Dyslexia: Signs and Symptoms

Dyslexia is commonly thought of as letter reversals (e.g., substituting b/d or p/q) and letter inversions (e.g., substituting b/p or d/q). However, that is not the case for all people. Individuals with dyslexia tend to have a much broader range of symptoms, many of which are not typically associated with the disorder. Symptoms of dyslexia […]

Lisps: Why They Happen

Lisps, or /s/ and /z/ distortions, can happen for a variety of reasons. In younger children, these distortions are expected, but once children reach 5 years old, these distortions are no longer age-appropriate. These sounds can be difficult for children to produce, and require 3 main factors for accuracy: tongue placement (behind the teeth), manner […]

Articulation Norms

Children acquire language in a typical pattern – first making isolated sounds, next syllables, followed by words, and eventually children begin to combine words into sentences to express their wants and needs. During this time of language acquisition, children are rapidly learning new sounds. Parents will notice that children don’t yet speak in adult-like dialogue […]

Your Child Doesn’t Qualify for Speech-Language Services-Now What?

      The start of the school year brings new school supplies, new teachers, and can bring new evaluations. Children are often flagged by doctors, teachers, or other school staff and subsequently may participate in a speech screening or possible evaluation. Following this evaluation, children may or may not qualify for ongoing speech-language services. […]

What to Expect at a Speech-Language Screening

      When parents first become concerned with their child’s speech or language development, a screening can be a good step to determine if a child will warrant a full speech-language evaluation.  Speech screenings can be informal or formal.  Here is what to expect at  each type of speech-language evaluation. Speech-Language screenings can take […]

Is Direct Speech-Language Therapy Really Necessary?

      In the wake of recent news articles espousing a position that speech-language therapy can be implemented at home through apps and other forms of technology, many parents may wonder, Do I really need to bring my child to the clinic? The answer is: YES! Apps and other activities can be helpful to […]

Speech-Language Carryover Activities

      Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other clinicians will often give clients homework to complete before the next session in order to increase carryover. Carryover, or the idea that skills learned in the clinic will be transferred or generalized out of the clinic, is important in a variety of therapeutic disciplines. Increased practice and […]