A Growing Niche in Corporate America

By: Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, Lynda Katz Wilner & Lorna D. Sikorski Many speech-language pathologists in the United States are discovering a niche market that’s been around for more than 40 years but is growing: assisting highly educated non-native English speakers with their English communication skills, including accent modification. This market takes SLPs out of their traditional […]

Reducing Bathroom Battles When Potty Training Your ASD Child

By: Connie Potty training a normal, healthy child can propel any parent into a state of anxiety, overwhelm and exhaustion. Now let’s consider what potty training is like for a parent when their child is on the Autism spectrum? A child with Autism may have sensory issues that get in the way or they may […]

25 Words Every 2-yr.-old Should Know

By: HEIDI EVANS Turns out chatty toddlers who say “all gone” and “bye-bye” aren’t just cute — they’re showing off their essential language skills. Researchers have identified 25 “must have” words that every child should be saying when they turn 2. Kids who haven’t mastered them might not just be late talkers — they could […]

Understanding and Treating the Cognitive Dysfunction of Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease

ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2012) — Down syndrome (DS) is the most common genetic disorder in live born children arising as a consequence of a chromosomal abnormality. It occurs as a result of having three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the usual two. It causes substantial physical and behavioral abnormalities, including life-long cognitive dysfunction that […]

Cochlear implant surgery conducted on newborn

Cochlear Implant Surgery Conducted on Newborn MUSCAT — An Omani medical team from the Armed Forces Hospital has successfully conducted a cochlear implant on a three-and-a-half-month-old Omani baby. It was the first such operation to be carried out in the Middle East on a newborn who is less than one year old. The team was […]

Predicting a Child’s Language Development

ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2012) — We depend on a barrage of standardized tests to assess everything from aptitude to intelligence. But do they provide an accurate forecast when it comes to something as complex as language? A study by Diane Pesco, an assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Education, and co-author Daniela O’Neill, published earlier […]