Famous People Who Stutter – Hockey Edition

Retired NY Islander Gord Lane Recognized by the Stuttering Foundation


A NY Islanders from the Stanley Cup championship era is being recognized and honored by the stuttering community as an athlete whose openness about his stuttering during his time on the Islanders, put a face on the diagnosis and gave hope to others who stutterer.

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Tooth Brushing Tips

Girl brushing teeth

Tooth brushing is important because it prevents gum disease, tooth decay, and increases oral hygiene. But what most people don’t know is that tooth brushing also provides the oral stimulation and sensory input beneficial in the development of oral skills.

Below are tips for a child resistant to tooth brushing:

Selecting a toothbrush and toothpaste that is tolerable for you child:

  • Experiment with toothbrush sizes, firmness, handles, and colors
  • An electric toothbrush with vibration may be preferred.
  • A toothbrush that sings or lights up!
  • Toothpaste taste – altering the brand, amount, or start without.
  • If a toothbrush is not accepted at all, you may need to start by wiping the child’s teeth clean using a wet washcloth.

Preparation Before Tooth Brushing:

  • Providing deep touch, beginning with the child’s arms and legs, and progressing towards the face and mouth.
  • Tapping the child’s gums firmly- starting from the center to each side, and on the upper and lower gums.
  • Firmly rub the child’s cheekbones, nose, cheeks, chin, and lips with a soft washcloth. Do this in a predictable manner and in the same order each day.

(*”Not all are appropriate for every child, family, or home setting. Some tips are not suitable for children of all ages and/or developmental levels. Only use those strategies that apply to your situation.”)

(Tools to Grow (2015))

Please see the full article at: http://www.toolstogrowot.com/blog/2015/04/26/tips-strategies-to-help-children-with-poor-tolerance-for-tooth-brushing

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

imagesSensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can also be referred to as Sensory Integration (SI). Both names refer to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses, and turns these messages into motor movements or behavioral responses. We are constantly receiving messages from our senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing), which require our brain to interpret and create a reaction. When the signals cannot organize themselves correctly an individual can experience SPD.

 SPD can involve only one sense or it can involve many senses. Individuals can be over-responsive to sensation and find certain clothing or sounds to be unbearable. Other individuals may be under-responsive to sensation and extreme cold, or pain would not bother them. Children with SPD often get misdiagnosed with ADHD because the symptoms may be similar.

Occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists can work together to treat SPD, and create individualized therapy plans based on a child’s needs. It is very important for parents to be involved in the therapy process because they can help their child in different environments. Therapists and parents can work closely together to help a child and discover together what works in different situations. Some research shows that SPD can be genetic, however environmental factors can cause SPD as well. More research is needed on this topic and will hopefully become available in the years to come.

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? Opportunities are created every May to raise awareness about communication disorders. For May 2015 The American Speech-Language and Hearing association has chosen the theme “Early Intervention Counts”. Early Intervention can play a critical part in a child’s development for their entire life. There are many signs to look for to determine if your child should be evaluated for speech and language early intervention. Below are some common signs of a speech/language impairment.

 Signs of a Speech/Language Impairment:

  • Child does not babble, and/or makes few sounds (4-6 months)
  • Child does not smile, make eye contact, or interact with others (birth and older)
  • By 12-months old the child does not use gestures such as pointing, or waving bye-bye
  • Child does not produce his/her first word (10-12 months)
  • Child does not produce short phrases or sentences (2-3 years old)
  • Words are not easily understood (18 months and older)
  • Child has trouble playing and engaging with other children (2-3 years old)
  • Child cannot say early developing speech sounds such as “p, b, m, h, and w” correctly (1-2 years old)

If you suspect that your child has a speech or language impairment than you should seek the help of a speech-language pathologist to determine if services are warranted.