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How to Increase Your Child’s Language Skills

You want to hear your child talk. As a parent, those first words or sounds — whether it happens in the first year or beyond — are music to

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7 Tips When Buying Hearing Aids for Children

If your child has been diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss, it’s likely that hearing aids have been recommended. Hearing aids can be life-altering for your child, allowing them to hear sounds often missed due to hearing loss. Those that are properly fitted early on can allow your child to develop speech and language skills to reach their full potential. ...
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10 Everyday Speech Development Activities That Can be Done at Home

When your child is at home, you can still work to develop their speech with simple activities that can be done at home and with other family members. read more

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My Baby Failed the Newborn Hearing Test — Now What?

Ohio law requires that all hospitals and birthing centers offer the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening before discharge. The methods used are safe, quick and effective. If your child has not passed the screening, it is very important that you take your baby for a diagnostic hearing test by a licensed pediatric audiologist. ...
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Deaf History Month: Fun Facts & Resources

National Deaf History Month is celebrated from March 15-April 15. It recognizes contributions of deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) people, as well as highlights the various forms of communication chosen by deaf and HoH individuals — including American Sign Language (ASL).  ...
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My Child Just Can’t Make the ‘R’ Sound!

Many kids have a hard time producing the “R” sound, even after participating in years of speech therapy. It’s not their fault — some kids just don’t respond well to traditional therapy. In these cases, recently developed technology called visual biofeedback could be the solution. ...
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Answers to Common Questions About Speech Therapy

When it comes to starting speech-language therapy, parents often are unsure where to begin. It can be overwhelming to receive a diagnosis from a pediatrician, with recommendations to begin speech

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What is Selective Mutism and How is it Treated?

Selective mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s lack of verbal communication in select social environments, such as school. Children with selective mutism possess the ability to speak, but are selective of the settings in which they choose to speak.  ...
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Feb. 17: Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day

For most of her life, Annie Glenn, wife of former astronaut and senator John Glenn, was afflicted with a significant stutter. Once she received treatment and overcame her disorder, she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and communication disorders. ...
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What is the Difference Between Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate?

There are hundreds of craniofacial anomalies that are associated with communication disorders, with clefts as one of the subtypes. Speech sound disorders can become a significant problem if the palatal cleft is not repaired early on or the repair was not effective. ...
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