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Baby Talk University

When I had my first child, I bought a book called, “The First 12 Months of Life,” by Frank Caplan. It outlined what a parent can expect from their baby each month. I combined the information from Caplan’s book with all of the  text books from my Master’s Degree program and made a big, big […]

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Say No to Mild to Moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea; Play the Didgeridoo

You might ask, “Why are speech therapists interested in treatments for sleep apnea?”  The answer is simple.  Many of our stroke and heart attack patients with a history of sleep apnea, end up with speech and swallowing problems.  You might also ask, “Is there a correlation between sleep apnea and stroke or heart attack?” And […]

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Visual Processing

There is a difference between sight and vision. Eye sight is assessed based upon the ability to see at a distance of 20 feet and identify letters on the Snellen chart.    A determination is made regarding the eye’s ability to make clear an image at a distance.  The ability to see clearly, however, is only […]

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What is auditory Integration Therapy and How Can it Help Your Child?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a complex problem affecting approximately 5% of school-aged children. Children with Auditory Processing Disorder have difficulty processing the information they hear in the same way as others because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Children with auditory processing difficulty typically have normal […]

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Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy, an irritation to the seventh cranial nerve, affects thirty to forty thousand Americans each year. Unilateral weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles is not completely understood, but thought to be due to reactivation of HSV herpes virus. Symptoms, which usually manifest and peak within two to three da

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Trismus: My mouth won’t open!

Trismus has many names, such as “lock jaw”, Temporal-Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Temporal-Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD), limited mouth opening, and jaw hypomobility. Trismus comes from the Greek word “trismos”, which means a restriction of the jaw due to damage or fibrosis of the TMJ musculature. An inadequate opening of the jaw is classified as anything under […]

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Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) by Berard

Some children have difficulty with processing information through the auditory channel, especially those with a history of ear infections, the autistic population, and children with learning disabilities. Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) by Berard is a 10 day program that  helps reorganize the brain to improve auditory and sensory processing capabilities. Participants use headphones to comfortably […]

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Accent Modification- “What did you say?”

Is your accent getting in the way of doing business?  Are you tired of hearing, “What did you say?” or “I didn’t understand you!”  When your first language is other than American English, many of the characteristics of your first language will carry over into the second.  While a few differences make your speech interesting, […]

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Accent Modification

Our certified instructors offer the Compton P-ESL program to individuals or groups in person or on-line with emphasis on improving pronunciation of American English.  The 12-week program includes a comprehensive evaluation and 12 therapy sessions with emphasis on pronunciation training and accent modification  with pre- […]

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What is the Role of Speech Pathology in the Care of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer?

A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is a specialist who helps educate patients and their families about ways to minimize the effects of head and neck cancer and  provides treatment when speech and swallowing skills become impaired.

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, in one of the the major side effects of chemo and/or radiation treatment.  Including a SLP in […]

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