PACIFIERS: Positives & Negatives

Binky, paci, bink, soothie. A pacifier goes by many different names, but the one thing that remains the same is that it can play an important role in the life of a baby, a toddler, or even parents. Pacifiers provide comfort to an infant, distraction during immunization shots or while a parent is making dinner, and can increase a baby’s sucking satisfaction without eating food or … Read More

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month — Identify the Signs

A new, nationwide effort to educate the public about communication disorders was recently launched by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)—a professional association of which I am a member. Called Identify the Signs, this campaign specifically aims to help people recognize the early warning signs of communication disorders. This topic couldn’t be timelier—or more important. An estimated 40 million Americans have trouble speaking or hearing due to … Read More

12 Tips for Encouraging Good Language Skills in Children

While understanding norms regarding children’s communication development is necessary for speech-language pathologists, encouraging use of good language skills throughout a child’s day is necessary for parents and caregivers. Doing this provides opportunities to develop appropriate communication skills necessary for daily interaction with peers and adults. Not to mention, early language skills are crucial in determining a child’s future school success. EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE Anticipate their needs but allow them … Read More

What is a Speech-Lagnauge Disorder?

What is a Speech-Language Disorder? First, let’s define the vocabulary often used when we, speech-language pathologists, refer to communication disorders commonly diagnosed in young children. Speech Sound Disorder is used when sound errors persist past a certain age and can be as a result of an articulation (making sounds) and/or phonological process (sound patterns). Every sound has a different range of ages when a child should produce the sound correctly. Language Disorder is used  when a … Read More