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Welcome to the Life Speech Blog!

At Life Speech, we spend our days talking to adult clients, carers, parents and family members about communication and swallowing. We provide assessment and therapy for the areas of speech, language, fluency (stuttering), literacy, feeding and swallowing skills (and we LOVE it!)

Our team has a wealth of knowledge about paediatric and adult communication development and disorders. We started this blog to share this knowledge with you!

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A Parent’s Guide to Speech Therapy for Differently-Abled Children

Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Being the parent of a child is highly rewarding yet also one of the greatest challenges, and mothers and fathers like you do everything in their power to provide the best for their children.

A differently-abled child with speech issues, however, needs your love, care, and much more. He/she needs specialized speech therapy, by a team of professionals that understand his needs, and know how to help him/her connect to the world.

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Asperger Syndrome
Asperger’s Syndrome its Symptoms and Treatment

By: Tejaswini BASLP(AUDIOLOGIST AND SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST)

Abstract: Children with Asperger’s Syndrome often have difficulties with social and communication interactions. The purpose of this article is to provide conceptual framework for understanding Asperger’s syndrome and its symptoms. How does it affects speech and language in children, and their development. This article also explains about the treatment options and support which can be stated to children with Asperger’s syndrome.

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Treatments for People with a Hearing Impairment

There is help for patients with all types of hearing loss. Treatment depends on why the deafness exists and how severe it is.

Sensorineural hearing loss is incurable. When the hair cells in the cochlea are damaged, they cannot be repaired. However, various treatments and strategies can help improve the patient’s quality of life.

Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, reported in July 2012 that congenital hearing loss can be reversed in a mouse model. They hope their research will eventual lead to gene therapy for humans.

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Dyslexic Children
Tips for Parenting Dyslexic Children

The following are few things where every parent of dyslexic child undergo.

  • Why my child is unable to read properly?
  • Why he/she is not showing interest in studies?
  • Why they have poor attention towards classes?
  • Why my child is unable to write properly?
  • Why my child is having poor hand writing?
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Attention Deficits Hyperactivity Disorder
Tips for Parenting a Child with Attention Deficits Hyperactivity Disorder

Introduction:

Does your child have trouble paying attention?

Does he or she talk nonstop or have trouble staying still?

Does your child have a hard time controlling his or her behavior?

For some children, these may be symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Definition:

ADHD is a common mental disorder that begins in childhood and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. It makes it hard for a child to focus and pay attention. Some children may be hyperactive or have trouble being patient. For children with ADHD, levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behaviors are greater than for other children in their age group. ADHD can make it hard for a child to do well in school or behave at home or in the community.

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Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Central Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children.

Kids with this condition can’t process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.

With the right therapy, kids with APD can be successful in school and life. Early diagnosis is important, because when the condition isn’t caught and treated early, a child can have speech and language delays or problems learning in school

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder (SPD; also known as sensory integration dysfunction) is a condition alleged to exist when multisensory integration is not adequately processed in order to provide appropriate responses to the demands of the environment.

The senses provide information from various modalities—,vision, audition, tactile, olfactory, taste, proprioception and vestibular system—that humans need to function. Sensory processing disorder is characterized by significant problems to organize sensation coming from the body and the environment and manifested by difficulties in the performance in one or more of the main areas of life: productivity, leisure and play or activities of daily living.

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Simple Questionnaire for Behavioural Problems in Children with Autism

This article is about autism spectrum disorder behaviors and its impact on children’s speech language and communication.

  • Identify symptoms from group of children with autism
  • Simple questionnaire for parents who have children with autism and behavioral problems.
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Speech Therapy Checklist
Speech Therapy Checklist (From Robert E Owens Jr 1996 “Language Development – An Introduction”)

AGES 0-3 MONTHS

  • Looks intently at a speaker
  • Listens to voices
  • Establishes eye contact with mother
  • Quiets when held and also quiets when hears human voice (1 month)
  • Makes going or gutteral sounds (2 months)
  • Visually searches for sounds (3 months)
  • Smiles spontaneously (1 month)
  • Turns when hears human voice (3 months)
  • Responds vocally to the speech of others (3 months)
  • Makes predominantly vowel sounds (3 months)
  • Coos single sound syllables (consonant vowel)
  • Vocalises to indicate pleasure and displeasure
  • Laughs, gurgles, squeals, cries, screams
  • Responds to familiar faces – visually discriminates different people and things and recognises mother (3 months)
  • Begins exploratory play- explores own body (3 months)
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Speech Therapist
What does a Speech Therapist do?

This is a good question! For starters, the title is misleading – Speech Therapists do more than provide therapy for “speech”. A more apt term might be “communication therapist” but even then, there are areas of the profession that are excluded.

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