I have had the opportunity and pleasure to collaborate with wikiHow on various articles related to speech-language pathology. The process was simple and primarily based on interviews where they asked me questions based on inquiries from readers and users of the wikiHow platform. In turn, what I shared was combined with other reliable sources and together that information was used to develop reliable articles and compilations of helpful information for speech-language pathologists, caregivers, and individuals with speech, language, and swallowing difficulties.
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How to Develop Your Children's Speech and Language Skills Through Play and Positive Daily Interaction
This article breaks down varied methods in everyday language for building upon a child's communication skills. This includes: interpreting gestures out loud with words, exposing him/her to lots of language across environments, adding on to your child's words and phrases, and reading with him/her daily. You can access the full article by clicking here.
This resource lays out strategies for interacting with people who stutter. First and foremost, treat people who stutter like people because that is just what they are. This may seem like an obvious statement, but if you fully embrace this mindset, you will likely be more considerate of your conversation partner and his/her strengths and weaknesses. Other strategies listed in this work include: not interrupting him/her, avoiding giving them advice on how not to stutter, and using deliberate unrushed speech. You can check out the full article by clicking here.
Dysphagia or swallowing difficulty is something many of us can develop in our lives for one reason or another, but what is swallowing difficulty really? This work lays out some of the symptoms and characteristics of swallowing difficulty including coughing or throat clearing while eating/drinking, feeling like something is stuck in your throat, and swallowing additional times to fully clear foods or drinks. You can read the full article by clicking here.
It is important to address speech and language difficulties early on to help in children's overall development. The longer you put off addressing speech delays the greater the likelihood that the child's difficulty will persist even longer and potentially impact social-emotional and academic function. This article identifies some of the markers for speech delays in children. A few of these identifiers include delays in babbling or sound production overall, delays in first words produced, difficulties with understanding what you are saying, and use of appropriate word order. If you want to learn more, you can check out the full post here.
How to Develop Your Children's Speech and Language Skills Through Play and Positive Daily Interaction: https://www.wikihow.com/Develop-Your-Children%27s-Speech-and-Language-Skills-Through-Play-and-Positive-Daily-Interaction
How to Talk With a Person Who Stutters: https://www.wikihow.com/Talk-With-a-Person-Who-Stutters
How to Identify a Swallowing Difficulty: https://www.wikihow.com/Identify-a-Swallowing-Difficulty
How to Recognize Signs of Speech Delay: https://www.wikihow.com/Recognize-Signs-of-Speech-Delay