Darren Sproles- A Football Player Who Stutters

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to share this great video about a famous athlete who stutters, Darren Sproles! As many of you know, stuttering refers to disruptions in the production of speech sounds. Stuttering events can occur on single sounds, syllables, or entire words. Stuttering most often begins in childhood, but it may persist into adulthood. Dysfluencies can often affect people academically, as well as socially and emotionally. However, it is important to realize that dysfluencies should not hold anyone back.

Darren Sproles is a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only is he smaller and shorter than the average football player, he is also a man who stutters. Darren spent much of his career avoiding interviews and talking to reporters after games. However, after one of his shining moments he was forced to speak to the media and he did not let his stuttering stop him! And, a fun fact: Darren Sproles majored in Speech-Language Pathology in college!

It is always great to see someone in the public eye who stutters but is still successful in spite of their dysfluencies.  People like this can serve as inspiration for kids and adults, alike. This story teaches us that our differences can be overcome in order to pursue our dreams. If you have a child or know someone who stutters, share this video with them!

Click this link to view the video:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000401395/Darren-Sproles-More-than-the-flash

And for more famous people who stutter pleas visit:

http://www.stutteringhelp.org/famous-people-who-stutter

Enjoy!

-Katelyn

Acid Reflux

 Reflux is very common in both adults and children and can lead to serious health issues. Reflux can cause swallowing issues, voice issues, and lead to unpleasant mealtimes. Therefore it is important to be aware of: what it is, how to prevent it and how to treat it!

What is Reflux?

Reflux occurs when contents of the stomach flow back up the esophagus to the level of the throat and/or mouth. Stomach acid is normally kept in the stomach by a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). If any type of malfunction occurs with the LES, reflux will occur. The stomach acid can impair the throat and possibly cause permanent damage. Reflux can occur at any age, however it is more common in older individuals.

There is no known, single cause of reflux however factors that may contribute to it are:

  • Being overweight
  • Consuming reflux inducing foods
  • Smoking/alcohol consumption
  • Pregnancy

The main symptoms of reflux include:

  • Heart burn
  • Chest pain
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Excess saliva
  • Regurgitation
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)

Treatment of Reflux

A treatment of reflux involves a combination of lifestyle changes, as well as prescription medication. In order to decrease reflux episodes certain foods can be avoided. These foods include:

  • Alcohol
  • Citrus fruits/juices
  • Tomatoes/tomato based products
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Fried foods
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Spicy foods

In addition to avoiding these foods there are other lifestyle changes that can be made, including:

  • Eating smaller meals
  • Avoiding eating close to bed time
  • Eating smaller bites
  • Limiting alcohol and smoking intake
  • Weight loss

 If reflux continues to occur, there are medications that may be used. For more serious cases of dysphagia secondary to reflux, surgical procedures may be performed.

What if it goes untreated?

If left untreated reflux can lead to more serious disorders such as: esophagitis (inflammation and irritation of the esophagus), esophageal cancer, and dysphagia. Dysphagia is any difficulty experienced with accepting, manipulating, and/or transporting food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Many things may cause dysphagia, one of the most common being Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Hope this is helpful!

-Katelyn

National Bullying Prevention Month

Hi All,

I am Katelyn, a Speech Language Pathologist at Long Island Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. I will be posting for the month of October! As you may be aware, October is  National Bullying Prevention Month! Bullying is an issue that we take very seriously at Long Island Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. It is something we should all be making a conscious effort to diminish. Individuals with speech and language deficits are often a target for bullying.  It is important that we teach children to be tolerant and accept the “differences” of their peers. I found a great book that teaches this lesson in relation to speech and language!  In addition, reading books with children is a great way to increase language skills, such as: sequencing  and vocabulary ! This book can be read: in therapy, in the classroom, or at home.

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How Katie Got a Voice( and a Cool Nickname), By Pat Mervine, is a story about a girl name Katie.  It is told from the perspective of Miguel, Katie’s classmate.  Katie is new to the classroom, and all of her classmates want to get to know her better. But there is a challenge, Katie can’t talk. Read it to see how Katie’s classmates overcome this challenge and learn to appreciate her uniqueness!

Here is the link to, Pat Mervine’s website

http://www.patmervine.com/meet-katie-.html

Enjoy!

-Katelyn