Better Speech and Hearing Month

What is a Tongue Thrust Swallow?

A tongue thrust swallow is when your tongue pushes forward instead of up and back in your mouth during a swallow. Your tongue might be pushing against your teeth or sneaking between your teeth. The tongue thrust swallow is not good for your teeth and can contribute to a lisp. The Center for Speech has […]

Free Speech and Language Screenings

In recognition of May being Better Speech and Hearing Month, the Center for Speech and Language will be offering free speech and language screenings.  If you schedule during the month of May, we will honor the free speech and language screenings through July 2013.

What are some signs or symptoms of preschool language disorders?

What are some signs or symptoms of preschool language disorders? Some children have problems with understanding, also called receptive language. They may have trouble: Understanding what gestures mean Following directions Answering questions Identifying objects and pictures Taking turns when talking with others Some children have problems talking, also called expressive language. They may have trouble: […]

Tips for Communicating with Persons with Aphasia

For those new to interacting with people with aphasia, it can be extremely difficult to understand speech. The following are tips to remember that will make communication easier: Talk to the person as an adult, not as a child. Try to minimize or eliminate background noise. Make sure you have the person’s attention before communicating. […]

8 Tips for Teachers with a Student Who Stutters

Don’t tell the student “slow down” or “ just relax.” Don’t complete words for the student or talk for him or her. Help all members of the class learn to take turns talking and listening. All students — and especially those who stutter — find it much easier to talk when there are few interruptions […]

Why Go To Speech Therapy?

Many teens and adults who stutter have been to speech therapy for their stuttering at least once in their lives. Some people have been through years of therapy. Just because you may have had treatment for your stuttering in the past does not mean you shouldn’t consider it again. It is common for stuttering to […]

7 Tips For Talking With A Child Who Stutters

Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes speaking before you begin to speak. Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective than any criticism or advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly.” Reduce the number of questions you ask […]