Communication Fun…From a Target Run!

Hello, everyone! Before I begin, I would like to personally thank Tina Rocco of The Speech in Motion Blog for the opportunity to guest blog.  I am so grateful for this opportunity to share about “communication fun” using inexpensive items such as those found at the Target Dollar Spot!   I don’t know about you…but I love finding inexpensive items…

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Speech Language Pathology and Hippotherapy

What do Speech-Language Pathologists do? According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat 5 main areas in children and adults. These areas are: Speech difficulties Language difficulties Social communication difficulties Cognitive-communication difficulties Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) What is hippotherapy?  According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.), “The term hippotherapy refers…

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Why a Long Island Speech Therapist Incorporates Movement and Sensory Activities into Speech Therapy Sessions

Many complex processes contribute to a child’s ability to speak, including motor learning, motor planning, sensory processing and sensory integration.  The production of a single syllable requires the participation of 8-10 body parts and the coordinated action of 70 muscles. Because speech is a complex motor task involving so many different muscles and body parts, it is important the entire…

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Creating Speech and Language Opportunities in Hippotherapy: St. Patrick’s Day Theme

This blog post is following a day of fun and exciting speech and language therapy sessions at the barn, incorporating hippotherapy.  The leprechauns were at the farm bright and early to create some fun speech and language activities for our patients on St. Patrick’s Day!  Boy did these activities get our clients talking! Creating a hunt for shamrocks and sensory…

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What is a Speech and Language Screening?

Speech and Language Screenings are a wonderful tool to determine if a child is developing within the “average” range when compared to other children his or her age.  Screening tests identify conditions that might need further assessment and are an important part of well-child health care. Often at a Speech and Language Screening the following abilities are assessed: Receptive Language…

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Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy for Receptive and Expressive Language Deficits

Hippotherapy can be included in a speech therapy session as a treatment tool while addressing a wide variety of speech and language goals (see my blog on Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy).  Including hippotherapy in treatment engages sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems and can help to promote functional outcomes.  Here are a few ways how a therapist may…

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