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Back-To-School Ready!

By Barbara A. Samfield, MA-CCC/SLP

 

Are you and your tween or teen “back-to-school ready?”

 

Parents, students, and even teachers enjoy getting into the “back-to-school” spirit after summer vacation.  Shopping for supplies and clothes may be fun, but for most, smartphones or tablet devices top the list of “must haves.”

 

But, that’s not all there is to getting “back-to-school ready.”

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If You Stutter, Keep This In Your Wallet

By Barbara A. Samfield, MA-CCC/SLP

 

Have you ever experienced difficulty speaking while traveling as a person who stutters?  Have you or a loved one who stutters ever had trouble talking when stopped for a traffic violation?

 

People who stutter often have problems answering questions when confronted. If you are a teenager or adult who stutters, then you have probably struggled in these stressful situations.

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First Words: A Special Father’s Day Gift

By Barbara A. Samfield, MA-CCC/SLP

“Da-da!”

When spoken by a new father’s one year old, it is music to his ears!  Second only to baby’s first smile or grabbing Daddy’s finger for the first time, hearing baby say “da-da” transforms most men from father to “Dad!”

“Da-da” sounds sweet, no matter if hearing it for the first or umpteenth time. Often, “da-da” is baby’s first real word, which occurs about the same time as baby’s first steps.  Moms often take a back seat to Dads, though, when it comes to first words.

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Pediatric Speech Therapy: School Speech? Private Speech? Both?

By Barbara A. Samfield, MA-CCC/SLP

Does your child need speech therapy, or is he already receiving school or ECI services? Are you wondering if private speech therapy is an option? Did you know you can do both?

Speech therapy is available in many locations, including public schools and private clinics. Many children receive both services. When combined, they can result in optimal progress and outcomes. Private speech during the summer can be especially helpful for carryover and maximizing gains.

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Is Your Child A Picky Eater?

By Barbara A. Samfield, MA-CCC/SLP

My child is such a picky eater! Nearly every parent can relate because many youngsters go through “picky” phases. A favorite food one week is rejected the next, or foods suddenly cannot “touch” on the plate without meltdowns. This common behavior is more about the child’s stage of development than food. With patience, it usually resolves itself.

What if this “picky” phase lasts well into preschool or elementary ages? What if a child “self-limits” to just a few foods that become the “new normal”? In some cases, only specific food brands are tolerated.

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Words Matter, But What Do They Mean?

By Barbara A. Samfield, MA-CCC/SLP

Do words matter? The short answer is:  yes. While children still chant “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” the truth is, words do matter, especially digital messages, and often have lasting effects.

Messages with unclear meanings coupled with the anonymity of the poster, can become a cyber-minefield for students as they navigate peer relationships. If digital photos are also sent and received, then these can easily be misinterpreted or go viral.

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Speech Matters: Communication is for Life!

By Barbara A. Samfield, MA-CCC/SLP

Do speech delays matter? If a child seems to understand, won’t he “catch up”? Is it really a big deal that “R’s” or “S’s” are mispronounced at age 10?

The answer is YES, speech delays matter at any age. Generally, the longer a person has a speech problem, the more difficulty he will encounter over time due to speech issues. A strong correlation exists between speech and language delays and low reading skills. For more information about this relationship and helpful tips for parents, visit: www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/62EffectsLangDelays.pdf

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