Communication Matters

What is Dyslexia and How is It Treated?

Michelle Foye, MA CCC-SLP | Posted on September 09, 2020

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Learning, Dyslexia

What is the Best Hearing Aid for Me?

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on August 08, 2020

When choosing a hearing aid, there are many considerations. What will it look like? What will it do? An important consideration is of course your hearing loss. Your lifestyle and listening needs also play a critical role. Your vision and dexterity also are factors – will you be able to see small disposable batteries, insert them properly, clean the small components of the hearing aid? Would a lithium ion rechargeable product be best?

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Tags: Hearing Aid, Audiology, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss

“People Play” - Speech and Language Fun Time with Your Child

To get young children talking, we often motivate them by showing that “using your words” can get you what you want. A simple way to achieve this is through “People Play”. People Play describes “songs, games and activities in which the fun happens when the child interacts with another person” (The Hanen Program, More Than Words). So grab a blanket or a couch cushion and enjoy some of these great ways to play and interact that will also motivate your child to request more fun! The one-word language suggestions can always be lengthened into phrases or sentences depending on your child’s expressive language level.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, Learning, toddler, talking

Face Masks Make Communication Difficult for Those with Hearing Loss

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on July 07, 2020

With the COVID-19 global pandemic and the suggested (and at times required) use of face masks, people with hearing loss are limited in their ability to use their vision to support their hearing and communication.

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Tags: Hearing Aid, Audiology, Communication, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss, "ears", Face masks

I'm Losing My Voice - What Does That Mean?

Elizabeth Divis, M.A. CCC-SLP | Posted on April 04, 2020

Imagine: A child comes home from cheering for their favorite team at a high school game, and their voice sounds raspy. The next day when they wake up, their voice is gone completely and they can barely speak at all. Sound familiar? Maybe a similar occurrence has happened to you, except it was when you woke up with a bad head cold. This is something we commonly hear people refer to as “losing my voice.”  What people think of as “losing their voice” can range from a hoarse, raspy voice to no voice at all. Have you ever wondered what exactly happens to our body to cause this to happen?

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, Voice, talking

Are My Hearing Aids Programmed Correctly?

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on April 04, 2020
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Tags: Speech, Hearing Aid, Audiology, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing, Hard of Hearing

More Talking Please! 7 Fun Activities to Promote Speech & Language in the Young Child

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on April 04, 2020

Everyday activities can be opportunities to expand learning – particularly for speech and language. Here are seven easy, familiar options you can do at home with your child that offer speech and language cues. Encourage the child to repeat words or anticipate the next word or sentence. For example, after we put on our socks, what comes next? Shoes.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, Learning, toddler, talking

"Selective Hearing" - or Hearing Loss?

Laura L. Brady, AuD, CCC-A | Posted on March 03, 2020

Very often, spouses and life-partners will suggest that their loved one has “selective” hearing – a self-made term indicating that they can hear perfectly fine most of the time, but tend not to hear their partner speaking. Is it simply a matter of “tuning out” – or could it be something else?

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Tags: Hearing Aid, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing, Hearing Loss Prevention, Support, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss

Stroke and Depression Connection

After a stroke, the main focus for the patient, their family, friends, physicians, therapists and other health care professionals is often on their physical aspects. How far can the patient walk? Can the patient still get dressed with the use of just one hand? Can the patient safely swallow food and liquid without coughing or choking?  Will the patient need to use oxygen after discharge to home? These are all issues that are visible and obvious.

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Tags: Communication, Support, Stroke, Caregiving, Brain Injury

Deaf History Month - Facts and Resources

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2020

National Deaf History Month is celebrated from March 15 – April 15. It recognizes contributions of deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) people, as well as highlighting the various forms of communication chosen by deaf and HoH individuals – including American Sign Language (ASL). For example – did you know that the football huddle we use today was first started at a college for the deaf in the 1890s so the players could keep their ASL signing hidden from the opposing team?

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Tags: Communication, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Interpreting, ASL Interpreter

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