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Selective Mutism Treatment

Date: July 9, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I cant believe it is July before we know it will be September:(  In the 14 years of being a speech therapist I have had one case of a child with selective mutism.  Its not a speech disorder that you frequently hear about but it is still a disorder that affects children.  Selective mutism is a…

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Communicate a Child’s Wants and Needs with a Limited Vocabulary

Date: June 12, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I cannot believe it is June.  Where has time gone?? I have decided with the summer months ahead of us to write my blog in list forms this way it is quick and easy to look at while you are going about your day.  I received an email from a reader who asked for some…

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What is Vocal Cord Abuse?

Date: June 1, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 1

The last week of Better Speech and Hearing month.  What better way to end the month but to raise awareness about vocal abuse.  I have been seeing more and more children with vocal and pre vocal nodules.  What are nodules? They are benign growths on both vocal cords that are caused by vocal abuse. Overtime repeated…

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What is Apraxia? What Therapy will work?

Date: May 23, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 1

I was speaking to a parent about topics she would like to see me talk about in my blogs.  So this blog is dedicated to her. One area of speech and language that you hear many children being diagnosed with is Apraxia.  What is Apraxia? It is a motor speech disorder.  Children have problems saying…

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What does a Speech Language Pathologist do?

Date: May 15, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM).  This is the month where we raise awareness about communication disorders.  I have been distributing pamphlets around the community about the role of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) plays in a child’s life. Through the years many people have asked me what does a SLP do.  I have…

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Playing with Your Food Will Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Date: April 3, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: inspiration, Speech and Language Development 0

Last weekend I went to a great feeding conference called The SOS Approach to Feeding. It was given by Dr. Toomey, Dr Ross and Bethany Kortsha. I cannot praise this conference enough.  For any speech, physical or occupational therapists attending it is a must.  I learned so much about the principles of feeding and the differences…

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Understanding Communication Delays

Date: March 27, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

I have been a speech therapist for almost 14 years and in my career have seen people who have rolled their eyes when they have seen an autistic child having a meltdown in the mall or a child screaming in a restaurant because they have aversions to new foods or overhearing a person say “hey what’s wrong with…

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Speech Therapy With Siblings

Date: March 19, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

This week’s blog is on a topic that many parents and speech therapists encounter on a daily basis which is working with siblings.  For many therapists when you work with a child usually there is a sibling or siblings within the family.  Children do not understand that their brother or sister are doing work they are…

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Is the Food Safe? Feeding Therapy Tips for Parents

Date: February 27, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

This week’s blog is one area that is near and dear to my heart which is, feeding therapy. About 5 years ago, I was given a feeding case from my job. I started to research about feeding therapy and even took a few conferences. I started to look forward to seeing this child each week…

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Using Music and Song to Develop Speech

Date: February 18, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

The other night was my son’s mother/son dance.  As we were dancing the kids started cheering because the song The Fox by Ylvis was blasting from the DJ booth.  For many of you parents you have heard your children sing this song numerous times through out the day.  Its a very popular song among preschoolers and elementary school kids….

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