Family, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Changing Therapists

Will someone please cue Neil Sedaka? They say that breaking up is hard to do. Now I know, I know that it's true. I've had a number of people ask me recently, "How do I know if it's time to change therapists?" This is a loaded question with lots to consider. I'm going to base… Continue reading Changing Therapists

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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?

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

Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Understanding speech problems in children with Down syndrome

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month I am resurrecting and updating a series of posts on common speech disorders in children with Down syndrome. I said it two years ago and it remains today - the most frequent concern I hear is, "I can't understand what Joe says. He gets so frustrated because he knows what… Continue reading Understanding speech problems in children with Down syndrome

Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

31 for 21: How much speech therapy does a child with Down syndrome need?

Okay fearless followers - How much? Once a week...once a month...never? How much speech therapy does a child with DS really need? It should be obvious that as needs change so does the frequency of therapy. Right? Do you need more when you're 2 years old or when you're 12 years old? When do you… Continue reading 31 for 21: How much speech therapy does a child with Down syndrome need?