Breastfeeding and C-Sections

What to Know About Breastfeeding BEFORE a C-section The moments immediately after giving birth via a cesarean section can be filled with unending thoughts or mixed emotions; “I can’t wait to see my baby!”, “They’re finally here!”, “When do I get to see them?”, “Wow …

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Are You Expecting?

Are you an expecting mother? Are you wanting to know what to expect with nursing your baby? Fifteen years ago, I didn’t know anything about nursing my new baby. On the contrary, I thought I did! Like the common saying, “you don’t know what you …

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Parkinson’s Disease: Speech, Swallow, and Cognitive Changes

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately the dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year. About 75% of people with PD experience changes in speech and voice …

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I would have never thought..

Watching over my father as he lay motionless on the hospital bed, I must admit the prospect of entering a new profession never entered my mind. However, in just a matter of weeks this life-changing event opened the door to discovering my calling in life.    …

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Bilingualism and Speech Therapy

What is bilingualsim/ multilingualism? Bilingualism is the ability to communicate in more than one language and can be thought of as a continuum of language skills in which proficiency in any of the languages used may fluctuate over time and across social settings, conversational partners, …

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Purpose of play

Play is essential for children to develop language and literacy skills. Free and purposeful play are both essential for the child’s development. Free play is when the child is allowed to play independently of parental instruction. Purposeful play is still child-led, but the parent/caregiver engages …

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Parentese aka “Baby Talk”

What is Parentese/ Motherese? The Cambridge Dictionary defines motherese as the simple form of language mothers often use when talking to their babies. Over the years the term has encompassed fathers renaming it to parentese. How parents, caregivers and pediatric providers communicate with infants and …

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OTC’s: An AuD’s Perspective

I say welcome to the newly, FDA approved OTCs if they… Encourage more people to accept the use of hearing aids Encourage those with hearing loss to seek help. On average Americans wait and live with progressive, degenerative hearing loss for 7-8 years before seeking …

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Feeding Disorders: What is it?

What is a Feeding Disorder? Feeding disorders are problems with a range of eating activities that may or may not include problems with swallowing. Pediatric feeding disorder is “impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate and is associated with medical, nutritional, feeding skill, and/or psychosocial …

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Gaining Good Behaviors from Children: Staying Positive!

Positive reinforcement encourages learning (Tripp, 2022). Providing positive reinforcement can be an effective way to increase the behaviors you want from your child. Children who are positively reinforced for their good work are better motivated to keep working hard. This technique rewards the behaviors you …

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