Lakewood Speech Language Pathology

Specializing in the evaluation & treatment of Pediatric speech & Language disorders & delays. Serving the East Dallas and Lakewood area.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Did you know that Colin Jost did not speak until he was four years old? Early intervention is key!

Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Jost's memoir, "A Very Punchable Face" covers a lot of ground (most of it entertaining) but one part that might take you by surprise is that Jost didn't talk until he was four years old. Here's what he has to say about that time in his life:

"I remember a feeling of frustration at that period of my life. It's always hard when you're looking back because what your memories are at that age are also informed by what your parents tell you about that time.
I definitely remember having angry outbursts, like physical outbursts, because I felt frustrated that I wasn't communicating with words — that I remember. I remember my speech therapist. I remember meeting with her, and I remember a profound sense of relief that this other gate was open or something ... [being] able to finally talk. It was just a relief, I would say, more than anything."

If you ever have concerns about a child's language development, don't hesitate to seek an evaluation. The worst thing that can happen after an evaluation is that the child gets the help they need. Visit to find a certified speech-language pathologist near you.


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Dog Learning to Talk By Using a Custom Soundboard to Speak: 'I'm in Constant Amazement'

This is so great! An SLP is giving her dog a voice with an AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) device that she made! Imagine the empowerment that it gives people when they have a way to communicate their wants and needs! Stella the dog's owner, a speech-language pathologist, says the canine already knows 29 words and can form phrases 08/09/2019

Adaptive & Sensory-Friendly Back-to-School Clothes & Shoes

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Kids with disabilities can now get special Halloween costumes at Target

Enjoying the remaining days of summer but looking forward to cooler weather. Here is something for children with disabilities to look forward to for Halloween! Parents of children with disabilities often go out of their way to make creative Halloween costumes. This year, they will have the option to buy them at a big-name store. 07/26/2019

Autism: More Than Meets the Eye

Some may view autism spectrum disorder as a disability, but Scientific American Magazine writer Scott Barry Kaufman sees it very differently.

"An alternative perspective, which has gained a lot of research support in recent years, is that autism is merely a different way of processing incoming information rather than an impairment." How ability can grow out of seeming disability 07/19/2019

The World Health Organization says if your baby is younger than 1 year old, they should spend no time in front of your smartphone

Pre-schoolers, or under-fives, who are high users are twice as likely to often lose their temper – and are 46 percent more prone to not be able to calm down when excited. Here are the guidelines from WHO on screentime: Some groups, however, said WHO's screen-time guidelines failed to consider the potential benefits of digital media, The Associated Press reported. 07/12/2019

This Is Why Reading Is So Important for Your Brain

This is why reading is so important for your brain! Reading isn’t just filling your head—it’s nourishing it.


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Heading to the movies this holiday weekend? Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” which debuted in theaters worldwide June 20, introduces a new character—a child with a green cochlear implant (CI). Will there be more much-needed signs of inclusivity in the media? 06/29/2019

The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book

Reading to a child is so important! Through this children develop “joint attention” which leads to overall better socialization. The reader is modeling language and giving the child the opportunity to see how words are formed (morphology) how words sound (phonology) and the meaning of words (semantics). Pick up a book and read with a child today! Even infants get profound cognitive and behavioral benefits from sharing a vivid story 06/20/2019

Speech disorders: Types, symptoms, causes, and treatment

Have you wondered, exactly what is a Speech Sound Disorder? Here is a link to an informative overview. Speech disorders affect a person's ability to produce sounds that create words, and they can make verbal communication more difficult. Types of speech disorder include stuttering, apraxia, and dysarthria. Learn more about speech disorders here.


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Many parents will ask: Is there anything I can do to improve my child’s chance of outgrowing stuttering? Although stuttering is not caused by ways parents interact with their child, there are interaction strategies for SLPs to share with parents of their clients or students. Parents can incorporate these five supports at the guidance of their SLP once their child starts showing signs of childhood-onset stuttering. #BHSM


Callier Center for Communication Disorders

In a new research study by The Ohio State University College of Medicine, scientists found that hearing and deaf infants processed information differently, even when the information was not auditory in nature.


‪This is a great info graphic that assists parents in supporting speech and language at home!‬



This is so great that differently abled children, and their families that shop for them, can have easy access to clothing that makes a difference in their daily life! Kudos to Target and Cat & Jack!

Children with disabilities now have their own clothing line at Target.

(via In The Know) 11/16/2017

A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And They Have Nothing to Do With Reading)

One element of the scope of practice of an SLP is to teach "pragmatic language", in other words the "social use of language". The increase of children with social communication disorders has a risen steadily since the year 2000. Preschool is an excellent place to practice social skills and prepare children to be "ready to learn"! The good news is, every child is capable of learning these skills--we just have to teach them. 11/14/2017

Children Understand ‘Opposite’ by Age 4 Free Research in Brief  |   July 01, 2015 Children Understand ‘Opposite’ by Age 4 Author Notes © 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Article Information Development / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Research in Brief Research in Brief   |   July 01, 2015 Children Understand ‘... 11/12/2017

Kids who won’t talk: Untangling shyness, anxiety, and selective mutism—to help the words come When kids feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed—usually at home—speaking isn’t a problem. But elsewhere? It’s as if they’re mute. 11/02/2017

Why Human Speech Depends on Words Like ‘Uh’ and ‘Mm-hmm’

Why human speech depends on words like ‘uh’ and ‘mm-hmm’ via @WSJ Research suggests that they act as essential traffic signals for our conversations.


One of my "friends" was wearing this shirt today! Happy summer!


Speech Cue of the Week - Offer Choices
We make several choices throughout our day. Coffee or Tea? Scrambled or Over Easy? White or Wheat? Imagine if someone else made all of these little choices for you. Would you be happy with their selections? Despite these being relatively small, insignificant choices, limiting them would be demoralizing and confining

Children love the feeling of independence generated by making choices that influence their environment. Presenting them with a simple choice demonstrates the role communication plays in making requests in a concrete, immediate way: “Do you want the car or the truck? Should we play a game or read a book?”

Giving children choices creates opportunities to model and expand language. If a child communicates that they want to play with cars, use the opportunity to expand their concept knowledge and expressive vocabulary: “Do you want the big car or the little car? Do you want the red one or the blue one?”

Offering choices can also help set clear expectations when giving instruction. Rather than telling a child to get ready, asking them to make a choice will give them specific direction and a sense of control as they transition: “Do you want to put on your coat or shoes first? Should we walk or run in the hallway?”

These types of choice questions also help children reflect on their behavior, because the choices offered require them to be an active participant in the exchange. Choices also provide support during comprehension tasks: “Was the boy in the story happy or sad?”

Make sure to include wait time for your child to respond. Always respect communicated choices even if a verbal response isn’t elicited. Allowing children to make choices shows them we respect their desires while supporting important functions of communication.


Does your child receive speech during the school year? Would you like to prevent regression over the summer? We are offering three 2 week sessions, with two 30 minute sessions per week. You can decide if your child will participate in one, two or all three sessions. Enrollment will be streamlined if you have your child's current IEP. If your child does not have a current IEP or is not a current client they must participate in a Speech-Language Evaluation at an additional charge. Please call or message for availability and rates 06/15/2017

For Children with Cochlear Implants, Oral Communication May Provide Better Outcomes - News Center - The University of Texas at Dallas

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Andrea Warner-Czyz, on this project as a lab assistant while attending UTDallas. In a new, multisite study of deaf children with cochlear implants, UT Dallas researchers have found that children with either no exposure or limited exposure to sign language end up with better auditory, speaking and reading skills later. The paper is one of the first nationwide longitudinal studies... 06/13/2017

Travel Talk: Maximizing Listening and Language in the Car and Beyond!

Are you going on a road trip this summer? Try these tips to get your toddler talking! Learn ways to use travel time to expand your child’s vocabulary.


Speech Cue Of The Week-
Phonological Processing

Phonological processing is the use of the sounds of one's language (i.e., phonemes) to process spoken and written language (Wagner & Torgesen, 1987).The broad category of phonological processing includes phonological awareness, phonological working memory, and phonological retrieval.

All three components of phonological processing are important for speech production as well as the development of spoken and written language skills. Therefore, it is important and necessary to monitor the spoken and written language development of children with phonological processing difficulties.

Phonological Awareness:
Phonological awareness is the awareness of the sound structure of a language and the ability to consciously analyze and manipulate this structure via a range of tasks, such as speech sound segmentation and blending at the word, onset-rime, syllable, and phonemic levels. Phonological awareness is the umbrella term; phonemic awareness applies when the units being manipulated are phonemes, rather than words, onset-rime segments, or syllables.

Phonological Working Memory:
Phonological working memory involves storing phoneme information in a temporary, short-term memory store (Wagner & Torgesen, 1987). This phonemic information is then readily available for manipulation during phonological awareness tasks. Nonword repetition (e.g., repeat /pæg/) is one example of a phonological working memory task.

Phonological Retrieval:
Phonological retrieval is the ability to recall the phonemes associated with specific graphemes, which can be assessed by rapid naming tasks (e.g., rapid naming of letters and numbers). This ability to recall the speech sounds in one's language is also integral to phonological awareness.

When to be concerned about your child’s phonological processing:
If your child’s speech is noticeably less developed or easy to understand than that of his or her peers.
If your child shows signs of anxiety or frustration about his or her speech.
If your child is self-conscious about his or her speech, or is being teased or bullied.
If your child’s childcare, pre-school or school teachers flag concerns about your child’s speech.
If your child’s speech features any of these error patterns at 5 years of age,

Wagner, R. K., & Torgesen, J. K. (1987). The nature of phonological processing and its causal role in the acquisition of reading skills. Psychological Bulletin, 101, 192-212.


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Speech Cue of the Week - Comprehension.

Before children can speak, they need to make sense of how words are used; namely, that there are symbols for objects and actions. Simple games and activities help improve your child’s grasp of language as well as their ability to listen and follow directions -- crucial skills that he or she will need later in the classroom.

Simon Says: Give simple instructions such as, "Pick up the ball and throw it to me" and "Bend down and touch your toes." By 24 months of age, children should be able to follow two-step directions.

Scavenger hunts: Hide a toy and give easy instructions to help locate the item like, "Look behind the red chair" or "It's sitting on one of the kitchen counters." If you have an older toddler, turn the tables and ask her to hide an object and give you a set of clues.

Storytime: Story retell is a great way to check for comprehension. After you read to your child, flip through the book again and ask them to tell you what happened. Give prompts if they are stumped ("Do you remember why the little boy is looking in that box?"). 05/11/2017

The Great Pouch Debate: Pros, Cons and Compromising

Puree Pouches - Pros, Cons, and Compromise. Brace yourself. We are about to talk about pouches. You know, those little packets of convenience, filled with all sorts of fruits and vegetables, sometimes with a little chia or quinoa mixed in. P… 05/09/2017

What Is Language? What Is Speech?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Language and Speech? Kelly's 4-year-old son, Tommy, has speech and language problems. Friends and family have a hard time understanding what he is saying. He speaks softly, and his sounds are not clear. 05/08/2017

Sippy Cups: 3 Reasons to Skip Them and What to Offer Instead

Sippy Cups: 3 Reasons to Skip Them and What to Offer Instead In the article Step Away from the Sippy Cup, I discussed how the sippy cup was invented for parents, not for kids. An engineer got fed up with his toddler spilling juice on the carpet and the rest …


Speech Cue of the Week - Building Vocabulary.

Building your child's vocabulary can be incorporated into daily activities, simply give them a running narration: ("now you're putting slippers on your feet") exposes your child to many new terms. Make the most of your play-by-plays with these pointers.

Repeat yourself. Use a new word in more than one instance to help it stick in your child's memory. ("Wow, this ball we're playing with is big!" "See that car across the street? Look how big it is.") But if your child doesn't pick up and use the word right away, don't panic. Some toddlers need to hear certain words or phrases more often than others before the language becomes a permanent part of their vocabulary.

Be descriptive. Don't just label objects, describe them. Talking about how something looks, feels, or tastes is an easy way to introduce new terms and spark your child's creativity. If you're at the supermarket with your child, you might pick up an apple and say, "This apple is round and red. Let's feel it; wow, the skin is so smooth." Then ask your child to describe another item.

Add on. Keep conversations rolling by expanding on your toddler's words and short sentences. "If he says, 'cat,' say, 'Yes, that is a cat! It's a black cat," You can also encourage your child to build on the sentence himself by asking, "What is the cat doing?"

Stay tuned next week for more tips for talking!




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