Living with a Motor Speech Disorder

Being able to communicate clearly and easily is a skill most of us take for granted in our day-to-day life. For individuals living with a speech problem, simply expressing wants, needs, and opinions can be a great challenge. Meet Laura Wallen, a patient at the Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies at Emerson Hospital. She is living with dysarthria due to a progressive neuromuscular diagnosis, but is finding help communicating through a speech-generating device.

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Parenting the Bilingual Child

Many parents whose native language is not English or who speak multiple languages at home report receiving conflicting and sometimes misleading information about bilingualism and best practices for supporting language. In the United States we are becoming an increasingly multilingual country, so it is essential that we are informed about how to support children from bilingual homes as well as children whose home language is not the majority one.

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5 Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

Each September, we hear from classroom teachers who bemoan how they have to spend the first six to eight weeks playing catch-up with students who have lapsed a bit in language and motor skills during summer vacation. To help your kid return to school ready to learn, try some of these fun and easy ways to encourage language and motor development throughout the summer.

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