Speech & Language, Therapy Tools

Do I Buy the (Fill in the Blank) Program? Evaluating at Home Speech Programs/Products

Today I had three separate parents reach out for my opinion about a specific program making the rounds on social media discussion threads. I'm not going to name the program because I honestly haven't used it. I do have concerns after looking into it because the program follows a fairly predictable pattern: inflated claims, weak… Continue reading Do I Buy the (Fill in the Blank) Program? Evaluating at Home Speech Programs/Products

Parent Resources, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

What questions do we have about Down Syndrome?

Each I year I have the privilege to guest lecture for the speech-language pathology graduate students at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Miami University. This summer, the UC class submitted questions to me ahead of time - a first. Here is what the pile looked like. I was excited to read the questions. Yes, all… Continue reading What questions do we have about Down Syndrome?

Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Make it Monday: Valentine Extravaganza!

This week on Make-It Monday it's about not reinventing the wheel. As a speech-language pathologist I'm on the lookout for quick and fun ways to engage children. I have a few staples I pull out this time of year including: Positional Concept Hearts by Speech Room News. I printed out the hearts, laminated, and attached… Continue reading Make it Monday: Valentine Extravaganza!

Speech & Language, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Confession - I used that title to suck you into this post, but for good reason. I will answer the question...perhaps in a way you may not expect. Recently someone recommended that I read Communicating Partners, by James MacDonald (AKA Dr. Jim), so I packed it as beach reading for vacation. I really like the book… Continue reading Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Speech Sound Disorders and Children with Down syndrome

Continuing our discussion on speech in children with Down syndrome, today we're going to explore speech sound disorders. Speech sound disorders may cause problems making individual sounds or difficulty with groups of sounds. Sounds can be changed, left off, or added. The two speech sound disorders we'll focus on today are articulation disorder and phonological disorder. Articulation Disorder:… Continue reading Speech Sound Disorders and Children with Down syndrome