How Masks Impact Communication Wearing a mask has become part of our daily life and that will continue throughout the current pandemic. We must wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the people around us. As a speech therapist and mother of two, it’s important to understand how wearing a mask can impact speech and hearing.
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Transitioning back to school after the summer break can be challenging for many children, but this year it could prove to be even more difficult given the current pandemic. The good news is that we can help ease the transition by implementing some simple strategies at home over the next few weeks! Read books. There are so many great books
As we learn about fall plans for our school districts, it is becoming evident that many of our children will be e-learning for at least some portion of their school week. In the spring, we did the best we could on short notice; many of us juggling working from home with the needs of our kids. This time around, we’ll
Summer learning loss, i.e. the loss of academic skills and knowledge during summer break, has been a hot topic for many years. While the recent literature on summer learning loss is mixed, according to a recent NY Times article most students have experienced setbacks due to the shift to remote this spring as schools closed due to COVID-19. Academic gains
Science experiments have always been a huge hit in our house! Science experiments spark curiosity which helps keep children engaged. If children are engaged and interested, we can capture their attention for longer stretches. Science experiments are also super fun! Another reason why I love science experiments is because they provide countless opportunities to boost a child’s language development. For
One bright spot during the COVID-19 pandemic has been our nightly family dinners (although my kids may not agree!). As my children have grown older, we have become accustomed to our evenings being spent in the car running them from one activity to the next. Several times, I have wondered, “What is all this for?” Our family time during the
Speech and Language Milestones As parents we hear the term “developmental milestones” frequently. What does it mean if your child is not meeting their “developmental milestones?” It can make a new parent quite anxious when a friend’s baby is doing something before your own baby. Searching the web, scanning social media, or reading emails can lead to a lot of
One, two, THREE! As part of our speech and language milestone series, we’d love to highlight a few ways to support your three-year-old’s speech and language development. 1. Intelligibility (i.e. how much speech you can understand) A 3-year-old should be approximately 75% intelligible to an unfamiliar listener. This means that you can understand about 75% of what your child says. This
As we move into our new reality, and focus on ways to stay safe outside of our homes, it’s important that we work on making masks fun for kids! It is likely that if our children do resume any sort of normal activities, masks will be required. Here are some ways to get your children on board with wearing a
Schedule My Child’s Teletherapy Session What is Teletherapy? Teletherapy refers to therapy that is provided by a licensed and certified therapist via a secure video connection. Modern-day technology can now connect pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapists with children no matter the distance or situation. Telespeech – teletherapy – telehealth – telepractice – telerehabilitation…as with many labels, it’s interchangeable