At Developing Speech, I approach each child as an individual with their own talents and one-of-a-kind needs. My goal is to help your child attain and strengthen their speech and language abilities by using the following:
Providing strategies to parents
Establishing communication with other therapists
Setting long term and short term goals
I believe that every child can achieve their personal best with my help and with the help of their community such as parents, teachers, and extended families' support.
ACHIEVE YOUR PERSONAL
My goal is to create a warm and open environment where children and parents are able to develop an open relationship with me. All families will receive individual attention to develop the right treatment plan and help children develop their personal best potential.
Detecting Speech and Language Issues:
Early Detection of Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders
Do you have a child 3 years old or younger? Are you worried because your child doesn't seem to listen? Has your child started to say any words? Does your child cry a lot or have tantrums? Your child may have early signs of a speech, language, or hearing disorder.
If you notice that your child does not respond when you call his/her name. He/She turns the pages of a book, but doesn't pay any attention when I read to him. He/She shows me what he wants, but doesn't use words. He/She doesn't do what I ask him to do. He/She gets upset when I don't understand him. Is this normal? Does he/she just need more time to catch up?
Don't wait and hope your child will outgrow a communication problem. Early spoken language disorders can result in problems with reading, writing, and learning. They also may lead to problems with social skills, like making friends. Early detection leads to early treatment. The earlier you get help for your child, the better.
Signs of a Language Disorder
A language disorder may be spoken and/or written (reading and writing). It may also be receptive (understanding) and/or expressive (talking, reading, writing, or signing).
Doesn't smile or interact with others (birth–3 months)
Doesn't babble (4–7 months)
Makes few sounds (7–12 months)
Does not use gestures (e.g., waving, pointing) (7–12 months)
Doesn't understand what others say (7 months–2 years)
Says only a few words (12–18 months)
Doesn't put words together to make sentences (1½–2 years)
Says fewer than 50 words (2 years)
Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2–3 years)
Has problems with early reading and writing skills—for example, may not show an interest in books or drawing (2½–3 years)
Ways to Help With Language Disorders
Listen and respond to your child
Talk, read, and play with your child
Communicate with your child in the language that you are most comfortable using
Know that it's good to teach your child to speak a second language
Talk about what you are doing and what your child is doing
Use a lot of different words with your child
Use longer sentences as your child gets older
Have your child play with other children
Signs of a Speech Sound Disorder
Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words most of the time (1–2 years)
Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words most of the time (2–3 years)
Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2–3 years)
Ways to Help With Speech Sound Disorders
Say the sounds correctly when you talk—it's okay if your child makes some mistakes with sounds
Don't correct speech sounds—it's more important to let your child keep talking
Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency)
Struggles to say sounds or words (2½–3 years)
Repeats first sounds of words—"b-b-b-ball" for "ball" (2½–3 years)
Pauses a lot while talking (2½–3 years)
Stretches sounds out—"f-f-f-f-farm" for "farm" (2½–3 years)
Ways to Help With Stuttering or Disfluency
Give your child time to talk
Do not interrupt or stop your child while he or she is speaking
See an SLP if you are concerned (Many young children stutter for a short period of time; in most cases, the stuttering will stop.)
Signs of a Voice Disorder
Uses a hoarse or breathy voice
Uses a nasal-sounding voice
Ways to Help With Voice Disorders
See a doctor if your child sounds hoarse or breathy or has a nasal-sounding voice
Tell your child not to shout or scream
Keep your child away from cigarette smoke
Audiologists help with hearing loss.
Signs of a Hearing Loss
Shows lack of attention to sounds (birth–1 year)
Doesn't respond when you call his/her name (7 months–1 year)
Doesn't follow simple directions (1–2 years)
Shows delays in speech and language development (birth–3 years)
Ways to Help With Hearing Loss
See an audiologist if your child did not pass the newborn hearing screening
Go to an audiologist if you have any concerns about your child's hearing (some hearing losses can begin months or years after birth).
Ask your audiologist about the need for hearing aids or cochlear implants
Developmental Chart Link:
Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders
Feeding Issues impact your child and your family. When your child refuses to eat he/she may either a picky eater or a problem feeder.
Decreased range or variety of foods that will eat = 30 foods or more
Foods lost due to “burn out” because of a food jag are usually re-gained after a 2 week break
Able to tolerate new foods on plate and usually can touch or taste a new food (even if reluctantly)
Eats at least one food from most all food texture groups
Frequently eats a different set of foods than the rest of the family, but usually eats with the family
Will add new foods to repertoire in 15-25 steps on Steps to Eating Hierarchy
Sometimes reported by parent as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups
Restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 different foods
Foods lost due to food jags are NOT re-acquired
Cries and “falls apart” when presented with new foods
Refuses entire categories of food textures
Almost always eats different foods than the family
Adds new foods in more than 25 steps
Persistently reported by parent as a “picky eater” across multiple well-child check-ups
I use the SOS feeding approach developed by Dr. Kay Toomey, the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of settings and populations. This approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.
Glenda has been working with my 2 year old since early December. He has made great improvements in such a short time. Glenda is patient with him and is able to engage him in speech exercises. She is very knowledgeable and shows a genuine concern for him and his progress. She also keeps us updated after each session and gives us things to work on for that week. I highly recommend her services.
Joseph and Martha V.
Glenda has been working with our son for over a year now. We have seen vast improvement in our son's speech progression. Glenda is very dedicated to her profession and cares deeply about her student/clients. She possesses the qualities needed to be an excellent Speech and Language Pathologist, kind patient and student focused. She is a dedicated therapist and an asset to her field. It is our great pleasure to know Glenda and we give her our highest recommendation.
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