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

Background Noise and Classroom Design

This is the first 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.   Few would dispute that the physical environment can play an important role in learning. After all, why else would … Continue reading Background Noise and Classroom Design

The Multicultural Side of Material Selection

For speech-language pathologists incorporating diversity into therapy materials can be a nebulous concept. Some basic questions come to mind: What is diversity? For the purposes of this post, we will define diversity as difference and representation. That means, variety and visibility of different cultures and sub-cultures in the materials we select for therapy. Which clients … Continue reading The Multicultural Side of Material Selection

Safe spaces in HESP departments, and the importance of the auxiliary verb

This past year has seen a recent increase in the debate regarding freedom of speech on college campuses, and the issue of "safe spaces".   (See the Washington Post for one editorial from the fall.) And while we often do not think of Hearing and Speech as being the type of topic that is likely … Continue reading Safe spaces in HESP departments, and the importance of the auxiliary verb