Why memory matters

Aug 17

Why memory matters

A recent post by  Smart Speech Therapy highlighted  a number of issues about the importance of  working memory and the ramifications of difficulty in this area.   I have written on auditory memory before, but I thought that this area deserved another mention since there is now an additional factor that can impact on auditory memory. Namely,...

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School Readiness; What does it mean?

Aug 13

School Readiness; What does it mean?

I frequently get calls from parents requesting intervention for children with no obvious difficulties but rather they want their children to be “more prepared” when they enter their formal schooling. I also get referrals from teachers who are concerned about children and need to cover their ass (CYA).  Consequently we are caught in a conundrum of too much, too...

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The Disorganized Child

Aug 21

The Disorganized Child

“He leaves everything to the last minute!” “Then he forgets what he is supposed to be doing.” “How can he possibly complete the project in the time that he has allocated to it?”                 “He doesn’t know where to start.” If these comments sound familiar to you,  then your child may possible have...

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Strategies to improve Word Finding

Jun 09

Strategies to improve Word Finding

It is important to understand the type of word finding difficulty and the reasons for the word finding difficulty in order to provide effective strategies for the child.     As discussed in my previous post, there are 2 types of word finding difficulties. Both strategies should be employed in order facilitate optimal word retrieval. Semantic...

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Whatchamacallit , Thingy: Word Finding Problems in Children

Jun 02

Whatchamacallit , Thingy: Word Finding Problems in Children

We’ve all experienced that ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon where you know the word, but you can’t get it out. A word finding difficulty is when a person knows and understands a particular word, but has difficulty retrieving and using it in their speech.   Children who have specific language impairment often present with word finding difficulties. In the...

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Stick Around and find out about this amazing App

May 19

Stick Around and find out about this amazing App

Sean from Speech Techie has some great ideas for repurposing apps for use in speech/language therapy. His post on how to use Stick Around   inspired me to to have a look at Stick Around for use in therapy with younger children.   Stick Around is an app that allows the creation of puzzles featuring “stickers” that can be dragged on top of an image...

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