Voice Therapy for Stuttering

Stuttering refers to an interruption in the flow and ease of speech. Examples include sound, syllable, or word repetitions, hesitations, prolongation of sounds, or a stoppage of air or voice in the middle of speaking. Stuttering is sometimes referred to as a dysfluency disorder and can affect the rate, rhythm, and overall clarity of speech. … Continued

Essential Tremor: How Speech Therapy Can Treat It

Essential tremor (ET) is a neurological condition affecting more than 10 million Americans. It ranks as the most common tremor condition. This blog will go into more detail about what causes essential tremor, the symptoms associated with it, and how LSVT LOUD can treat it. We will also share a personal success story of how … Continued

Why Do I Feel Like I Can’t Swallow?

  Enjoying a favorite food or sharing a meal with loved ones is one of life’s great pleasures. While eating and swallowing is a daily routine event, that does not mean it is a simple process. Swallowing is actually very complex, involving dozens of muscles and the coordination of several neural pathways to take the … Continued

How to Help Your Child with Down Syndrome Communicate

  Down syndrome, one of the more common birth defects affecting one in 700 babies born in the United States, is a lifelong condition that, depending on the severity, can have both physical and intellectual ramifications. Children with Down syndrome can struggle with speech and communication, which can become stressful for parents who are trying … Continued

How to Treat Dyslexia in Adults

As we read, our brain is rapidly translating letters to their corresponding sounds, quickly applying learned rules about alphabetic principles that enable us to swiftly blend, combine, analyze, and segment sounds to recognize and decode words. We then nearly instantaneously associate these decoded words with their meaning.   When someone has dyslexia, written words are … Continued

Can You Heal Damaged Vocal Cords?

Many of us take for granted how deeply we rely on our voice to convey our personality and our true sense of self. Through our pitch, tone, vocal quality, intonation patterns, and volume we communicate confidence, emotion, and in many ways, our identity. For example, the vocal cords (aka vocal folds) are hard at work … Continued

Is It Too Late for Speech Therapy?

It is never fun to look back in life and play the “what if” game. If you have an untreated communication disorder or swallowing condition, you may question if you should have sought treatment earlier. You may also wonder if it is too late to seek therapy.  In the field of speech therapy, this is … Continued

Why Do I Cough When Drinking Water?

Take a moment to picture those activities you enjoy the most in life. Many of them are likely centered around eating, enjoying favorite foods, or gathering with friends and loved ones for events and occasions that involve special meals. Most of us have never stopped to consider the complex neurological and motor activities that make … Continued

When Can You Return to Work After a Stroke? 

If or when a patient can return to work after a stroke is a common, but appropriate, question for many stroke patients and their loved ones. While a stroke can affect many aspects of your everyday routine, it can also have a severe impact on speech and language — two components of communication which are … Continued