Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence

In conversation, people often adjust the way they speak based on the people to whom they are talking. We can see this phenomenon most clearly when people talk to babies or animals and inadvertently switch over to a more high-pitched, sing- song tone of voice. This is an example of an adjustment made to improve … Continue reading Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence

Teaching Students to Collaborate Across Disciplines

Healthcare delivery is transitioning towards a more collaborative model of service provision, commonly referred to as Interprofessional Practice (IPP). This term is used frequently, but what does it mean and how is it applicable to the fields of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology? IPP was first referenced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and refers to … Continue reading Teaching Students to Collaborate Across Disciplines

Clinical Education for Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists

There is a large and continually growing need for qualified bilingual speech-language pathologists in the United States. Given the roughly 400 languages spoken in the United States (Ryan, 2013), it is not surprising that there is a great demand for speech and language services in languages other than English. Bilingual speech-language pathologists account for less … Continue reading Clinical Education for Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists

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Smartphone Apps for People with Hearing Loss

For many people with hearing loss, even those who wear assistive technology such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, daily communication can be quite challenging, often exhausting, and at times present safety concerns. Smartphone technology has offered new ways and opportunities to ease communication for people with hearing loss. In fact, a smartphone itself can … Continue reading Smartphone Apps for People with Hearing Loss

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What Dogs Can Teach Us About Language

For centuries, researchers have been fascinated by the evolution and development of language. How did humans develop the ability to utilize complex language when no other species have? What is it that makes humans unique? One possibility is that the location of language processing in the left hemisphere of our brains allows for the development … Continue reading What Dogs Can Teach Us About Language

Is it a reading problem, or an oral language problem?

Note:  The ideas underlying this blog post originally came from word-finding expert Dr. Diane German, who was first author on the study discussed here and deserves all credit.  For more information on word-finding, please see Dr. German's website, http://www.wordfinding.com/. Many children with reading problems also have difficulty with oral language.  But one concern has to do … Continue reading Is it a reading problem, or an oral language problem?

Technology, Distractibility, and the Classroom

This is the third in a three-part series by Lucy Erickson looking and the impact of classroom design, and environmental noise on learning. Lucy originally began this discussion at learningscientists.org. Click to read that blog.   I recently had the opportunity to observe instruction in a first grade classroom. The teacher was giving a vocabulary lesson in … Continue reading Technology, Distractibility, and the Classroom

Neuroplasticity in Children

How does the brain change as children grow, and what does this mean for children who experience brain injury? While individuals demonstrate high variability, the young brain is fundamentally different than the adult brain, both in form and in function. Development occurs in different regions at different rates, influenced by the interaction of inheritance, maturation, and … Continue reading Neuroplasticity in Children

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Visual “Noise,” Distractibility, and Classroom Design

This is the second in a three-part series by Lucy Erickson looking at the impact of classroom design and environmental noise on learning. Lucy originally began this discussion at learningscientists.org. Click to read that blog.   In my last post, I talked about the negative effects that background noise can have on children, particularly in … Continue reading Visual “Noise,” Distractibility, and Classroom Design

Word-finding Difficulties in Children – How the Word Itself Matters

We have all had the annoying experience of being unable to come up with a particular word, even though we are positive we know it, and it is just “on the tip of my tongue”.  For most of us, this situation is, happily, rare.  But for some children, such occurrences are frequent enough that they … Continue reading Word-finding Difficulties in Children – How the Word Itself Matters