Social Language

Social Language

Social language skills are what we use in our daily interaction with others, including what we say and how we say it, both verbally and non-verbally.  Children with difficulties in social language skills may not understand, and often misinterpret, what others are...
Which Lisp Is It?

Which Lisp Is It?

What is a lisp? A “lisp” refers to a person’s difficulty producing  /s/,  /z/, /sh/, /zh/,  /ch/ and /j/ sounds because of incorrect tongue placement. Usually /s/ and /z/ are primarily affected, but frequently the other sounds are also impacted. The...
Late Bloomer or Language Problem?

Late Bloomer or Language Problem?

What’s Normal?Children develop language at different times and in different ways so there isn’t a line in the sand for normal. However, all children do go through the same stages as their speech and language develops. It’s just that it is hard to know exactly when...
Expressive Language: Therapy Ideas & Strategies

Expressive Language: Therapy Ideas & Strategies

In this short series on language, I’ve shared the definition of language in general, how spoken and written language are further divided into listening, speaking, reading and writing, and how the 5 domains of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and...
Receptive Language Therapy: Ideas & Strategies

Receptive Language Therapy: Ideas & Strategies

Last week I shared the definition of language in general, how spoken and written language are further divided into listening, speaking, reading and writing, and how the 5 domains of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) manifest across...
A Definition of Language

A Definition of Language

Receptive and Expressive Language Components While there are distinct differences between receptive and expressive language, language is a dynamic, synergistic system of communication that weaves in and out of the two modalities.  Per ASHA (American...
Transgender Voice and Communication

Transgender Voice and Communication

Voice therapy, also known as transgender speech therapy, gender affirming voice therapy, or transgender communication therapy, can be a way for transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive people to alter the tone and pitch of their voice if their voice causes them...
Voice Affirmation Therapy FAQ

Voice Affirmation Therapy FAQ

What is Transgender/Voice Affirmation Therapy?  Voice affirmation therapy focuses on changing aspects of the voice including pitch, resonance, and intonation. It can also incorporate nonverbal communication such as gestures and posture. It prioritizes safety, to...
Aphasia

Aphasia

A stroke is a catastrophic event that can cause multiple and long-lasting health problems ranging from mild to severe. Strokes can adversely affect vision, balance, cognition, memory, and speech, and even cause temporary or long-lasting paralysis on one side of the...
Speech vs. Language

Speech vs. Language

When one thinks of speech therapy they usually think of someone that needs help remediating a lisp or a stutter. Yes, those are definitely on the list of what a speech therapist can help with, but the field of speech and language therapy is far reaching and helpful...