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What Are the Early Signs of a Voice Disorder? Mar 10th, 2023

Every sound you make is created when air is pushed through your larynx, or voicebox, vibrating the vocal cords housed within. When there’s an issue that affects the vibration of your vocal cords, it can lead to a voice disorder. To help you recognize if you or your child might...

4 Tips to Support Your Child If They Have a Speech Disorder Feb 9th, 2023

Your child is facing some communication challenges due to a speech disorder, and you want to understand your role in navigating these waters. While there’s much that the team here at Celebrations Speech Group can do to help your child, the work you do at home is equally as important. While we...

My Child Has a Speech Delay — Should I Be Worried About Their Social Skills? Jan 12th, 2023

You’ve been looking forward to having real conversations with your child, but you’re finding that their ability to communicate verbally is slow. While a speech delay won’t present a significant hurdle as far as you’re concerned, you understand that your child needs to communicate and socialize with the world, and...

The Link Between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep Issues Dec 12th, 2022

It’s not unusual for children to have trouble with sleep, but 50%-80% of kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep. This lack of sleep can have serious repercussions, so it’s important to understand the connection and how you can promote better sleep. To that...

Will My Child Grow Out of Stuttering? Nov 1st, 2022

Your child is beginning to use words, phrases, and even sentences, but you notice that they sometimes get hung up. Stuttering is not uncommon among children who first start to speak — between 5% and 10% of kids stutter at some point during speech development. In most cases, the stutter...

What Lies Behind a Swallowing Disorder Oct 1st, 2022

Each year in the United States, one in 25 adults is diagnosed with a swallowing disorder, and slightly less than 1% of children between ages three and 17. Swallowing is a fairly complex process that involves different areas and actions that all need to work smoothly. A swallowing disorder typically originates in one of three areas,...

Consider These Benefits of Early Speech Therapy Sep 1st, 2022

You listen in wonder as your child begins to form their first sounds and words, and you look forward to a new way of communicating. You realize, however, that they might struggling with verbal communication or seem farther behind other toddlers their age, and you’re worried. At Celebrations Speech Group, we...

Making Yourself Heard When You Have a Voice Disorder Aug 1st, 2022

You’re at a game that’s come down to the wire and yelling with excitement and encouragement. The next day, however, you find your voice is hoarse and barely audible. This is an example of a common voice disorder that remedies itself quickly. There are times, though, when a voice disorder...

Understanding the Types of Speech Disorders in Children Jul 1st, 2022

Your child is beginning to communicate through speech and you’re over the moon about the idea of being able to converse. Yet, you notice that your child is having some difficulty expressing themselves with words and you wonder what it might be. The fact is that 8%-9% of children have a speech...

When the Words Won’t Come Out Jun 1st, 2022

Your child wants to say something and you can see that they’re having difficulty getting the words out. Called apraxia of speech (AOS), there are many ways in which we (and you) can help your child find their voice. As speech therapists and pathologists who focus on children, the highly skilled...

Can a Swallowing Disorder Affect My Child’s Oral Health? May 1st, 2022

Your child has a swallowing disorder and your primary concern is to ensure that they’re able to get the nutrition their growing bodies need. Unfortunately, there are a host of complications that can stem from a swallowing disorder, including poor dental health. If you want to ensure that your child’s...

The Link Between the Inability to Show Empathy and Autism Spectrum Disorder Apr 1st, 2022

When you think of someone who lacks empathy, you might automatically think of them as callous or unfeeling. This stigma, when applied to those who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is harmful and unjustified as the relationship between ASD and the seeming lack of empathy is complex. At Celebrations Speech Group, our...

Understanding the Different Causes of Stuttering Mar 1st, 2022

You’re delighted as your child begins to use language to communicate and you look forward to this new chapter. You then realize that your child is struggling to get some words or sounds out and has developed a stutter. This type of language disfluency is quite common — around three...

Can Speech Therapy Really Help My Child Talk Better? Feb 1st, 2022

Speech is the use of articulated sounds to express thoughts. A speech disorder, also known as a communication disorder, is any problem that prevents a person from communicating effectively using spoken words. A speech-language pathologist (SLP), sometimes just called a speech therapist, is a professional trained to evaluate and treat...

My Child Has a Strong Accent and Needs to Be Understood: Can You Help? Jan 3rd, 2022

You want to give your child the best chances for success in life, but you’re worried that their accent may hold them back in terms of being understood. While everyone has an accent, which is a product of the region and the country one grows up in, those accents that...

Treatment for Your Child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Dec 7th, 2021

Every parent wants their child to grow up happy and healthy, no matter the challenges they may face. If your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), these challenges can range from mild to significant as they struggle to navigate the world around them. We want you to know that you...

How do TBIs Affect Speech? Nov 8th, 2021

While traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are certainly nothing new to humans, we’re gaining more understanding about the long-lasting effects these events can have on a person. From ongoing mental health problems to speech issues, TBIs can extend far beyond an excruciating headache. The team of speech therapists here at Celebrations...

Speech Group Benefits for Autism Spectrum Disorder Oct 3rd, 2021

No matter where your child falls on the autism spectrum disorder, interacting with the world around them can be a challenge. To help your child feel more comfortable in social settings, creating safe groups in which to practice new skills is important. While individual counseling and speech therapy is important,...

6 Signs of a Swallowing Disorder Sep 5th, 2021

While it’s perfectly normal for newborns to occasionally cough or choke while feeding or for toddlers to cry during mealtimes, ongoing issues with these symptoms may signal a swallowing disorder, which is medically known as dysphagia. As pediatric speech therapists, the experienced team here at Celebrations Speech Group counts swallowing...

When to Consider Accent Reduction Aug 9th, 2021

Many people assume that an accent is a way of speaking that is different from their own. In reality, everyone has an accent, even you, and it’s formed by how and where you first learned to communicate verbally. If you find that the way you pronounce words is hampering your...

Signs Your Child Has Delayed Social Skills Jul 27th, 2021

The early years of development can be chaotic as your child leaps from one milestone to the next — physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. You watch eagerly to ensure everything is on track, but you’re concerned that there may be certain delays, which become more evident when your child attempts...

Can Stuttering Be Treated? Jun 16th, 2021

The first words come out of your child’s mouth and you’re thrilled to enter a new phase of communication. As they expand their vocabulary, however, you notice a problem with how the words are coming out. If the problem persists or grows worse, you may be dealing with a stutter,...

Understanding the complexity of apraxia of speech May 18th, 2021

The brain knows what it wants to say, but by the time the words or sounds reach the lips, the message isn’t formed properly. Known as apraxia of speech, this condition isn’t necessarily one of speech, but, rather of the brain, where neural pathways malfunction and aren’t able to properly...

10 Signs Your Child May Be on the Autism Spectrum Apr 8th, 2021

One of the primary reasons why autism was renamed to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is because of the wide range of symptoms and the degrees to which they present themselves. In fact, the symptoms of this developmental disorder are so widely varied that autism was often commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed,...

The Signs of Autism Are Often Different in Girls Mar 17th, 2021

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is just that — a spectrum of developmental symptoms that range from mild to severe, creating diagnostic challenges. On top of these challenges is the fact that girls and boys exhibit different symptoms. The real difficulty in identifying ASD in girls, however, is how often these...

Are Stutters Permanent? Feb 16th, 2021

You’re thrilled that your child is beginning to communicate verbally with words, but you notice that they sometimes struggle to get them out. Called a stutter, this form of speech disfluency is quite common and affects 5%-10% of children in the United States at some point during their early years....

Should I Worry if My Child is Delayed in Speech and Language Development? Jan 19th, 2021

Long before your child says their first true word, you’ve likely developed your own language. While you’ve become a master interpreter for their needs through sounds and gestures, you’re anxious to begin communicating through speech. Yet, speech doesn’t seem to be forthcoming and you begin to worry. Here at Celebrations...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Warning Signs that May Mean Your Child Needs Speech Therapy Dec 4th, 2020

Your child hits many milestones just within their first two years, including milestones related to speech, hearing, and communication. By one year, they should be waving “bye,” pointing, and saying their first words. By age two, they should have a vocabulary of about 50 words and start putting them together...