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It all starts with play...

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on February 3, 2016 12:02 AM

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
– Kay Redfield Jamison

When I came across this quote, it made me stop and think.

Play is a necessity. Interesting. Necessary for what? The importance of play for everyone has gotten a lot of attention in research and literature in recent years. In adults, play means something different to different people – playing...

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Literacy is important to speech development

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on November 26, 2015 12:11 AM

Parents involved in speech therapy sessions with their children may expect to take part in games and imitation tasks during visits. They may be curious about, or frustrated by, time spent looking at books and reading stories during the precious time they have set aside for their child’s therapy sessions with their Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).

It is well-known in the Speech-Language Pathology community that children with speech and language...

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Eating and how can complicate speaking

Posted by Glynnis Dubois on November 26, 2014 12:11 AM

I know that it may sound odd, but chewing and swallowing and speaking are so interrelated that they truly depend on each other. As with so many other developmental milestones, the ability to speak depends on other, earlier changes happening in the mouth. Just as children need to develop the muscle strength and coordination to crawl, climb and cruise before they can walk, a child’s mouth—specifically the tongue and...

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Red flags for Apraxia in children: What should therapists or parents do if they suspect their child has Apraxia?

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on March 4, 2015 12:03 AM

Every now and then, a very concerned, often nervous-looking, parent tentatively asks me, “Do you think my child has Apraxia?”  In my life as a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) working with preschoolers, parents put a lot of faith in my clinical judgement to help their children become better communicators.  I need to honour that trust by being truthful with them and by giving them the best information and guidance...

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Help! Teachers can't understand my child's speech

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on July 29, 2015 12:07 AM

In my time working as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I’ve come to believe that our ability to effectively and efficiently communicate with anyone we meet can have a great impact on how we feel about ourselves and the people around us. Our ability to communicate can also have an impact on how others perceive us.

In my clinical work with toddlers, preschoolers and even school-aged children, parents often...

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Music and movement

Posted by Glynnis Dubois on August 21, 2014 12:08 AM

As a speech-language pathologist who provides auditory-verbal therapy and a Kinderdance instructor, I have a strong belief in the importance of music and movement to support listening, speech, and language development in preschool children. I also like to incorporate early literacy skills into my Kinderdance classes and love to watch the children have fun while at the same time learning so many new skills- it flows so naturally from music!...

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Trust your instinct - and support it with evidence

Posted by Erin Smith on May 12, 2014 12:05 AM

PART 1

I believe that clinical ‘instinct’ is developed through professional experience and reflective practice. Yes, I had acquired a great deal of knowledge during my graduate studies in speech-language pathology and by the time I graduated, I understood, at a theoretical level, stages of child development, fluency and head injuries — how and why “A” can lead to “B”. What I lacked, however, was the clinical...

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Partnering with parents/caregivers is pivotal to success

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on May 21, 2014 12:05 AM

To learn, we go to school.
To feel better, we go to the doctor.
To maintain our car, we go to the mechanic.
To get our children to communicate, we go to the speech-language pathologist.

While there is some truth to all of these statements, there is also a lot more involved in reaching the desired outcomes.

More complete statements might be:

To learn, we...

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It all comes down to SHARE

Posted by Erin Smith on February 11, 2014 12:02 AM

Support – Help – Acknowledge – Respect – Encourage

Writing an inaugural blog for Speaking of Which is an unnerving yet thrilling honour.  Karen approached me to write for her because she believes in me… as a clinician, professional and as a team member. This caused me to pause and reflect on the importance of being surrounded by people who support, help, acknowledge, respect and encourage.  People who S.H.A.R.E  move us...

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