Community Hospital is celebrating the opening of a new clinic that officials said is geared specifically toward children. According to Community Hospital, the new Grand Valley Pediatric Therapy clinic provides multiple therapy services in a safe, welcoming environment for children. The new clinic provides more space as well as resources for treatment than what was previously available.
Children diagnosed with autism often experience delays with speech and communication, leading to difficulties understanding and interacting with others. This is a sign of a speech or language disorder — Integrating speech services or therapy into ABA programs can allow children to practice language in a naturally occurring setting that can easily be translated to a child's natural environment such as a home or school setting. For this reason, Bierman Autism Centers is excited to announce the hiring of Julianne Trudeau, M.S. CCC-SLP as their Director of Speech Services. Julianne will lead the existing team of Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) across locations. Julianne's interests are in childhood apraxia of speech, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), social communication, and early language development.
Stroke and brain injury manifest in several ways, sometimes obviously – in difficulty enunciating words or retrieving them in conversation – sometimes subtly. My mother’s stroke left her with pure alexia (acquired reading impairment), one of the conditions that falls under the umbrella of aphasia. This condition typically affects language – speaking and listening. But it may also selectively impair reading, as with my mother, while leaving her speech unaffected.
When 64-year-old Ben Arikpo realised, in 2012, that his son has learning challenges, he was devastated. An applied psychologist, Mr Arikpo was then living in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, with his wife and their three children. Although his wife had complained to him years back about their son’s reading difficulty, he never paid any serious attention to the concern. “You are putting too much pressure on this boy!” Mr Akripo often told his wife instead. “He will outgrow it,” he would tell her whenever she talked about their son’s academic challenges. But the problem dawned on him during a reading exercise with the boy. “Now, spell house,” the father of three recalled asking the nine-year-old.
The Edwardsville Rotary Club recently presented a check for $2,620 to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Speech-Hearing-Language Center. SLHC is a clinical learning environment for graduate students enrolled in the accredited Speech-language Pathology master's degree program at SIUE. SLHC serves individuals with speech, language, and hearing difficulties. SLHC evaluates and treats communication disorders in children from toddlers to adolescents and non-Medicare eligible adults.
When students get to middle and high school without strong reading skills, the results can be devastating. In response to a recent Chalkbeat survey, dozens of parents and educators described secondary students who refuse to read out loud for fear of being teased, who can’t understand math word problems or science vocabulary, and gradually give up on school altogether. They worried such students face poor job prospects and bleak futures. One mother called the distress faced by older struggling readers “astronomical.” But respondents also had lots of ideas for helping older struggling readers. It’s an area ripe for attention, since most states and districts have focused recent reading improvement on early elementary students.
A bill changing multiple K-12 education laws in Ohio is headed to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. If signed, the bill would have a wide array of effects on families in the Miami Valley and across the state, from families who have EdChoice private-school scholarships to families who have dyslexic students. The bill also extends schools’ ability to hire substitute teachers who have just a high school diploma by two years, something districts began to do last year to combat a shortage of substitute teachers.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing agreed this week to create a new teaching credential for pre-kindergarten through third grade that will require teacher candidates to show they are trained in how to teach reading. The decision came after the commission addressed criticisms that a separate credential that lacked identical literacy instruction coursework and a reading performance test could undermine separate efforts to improve reading instruction in elementary grades.
Life School announces that the Texas Education Agency has awarded it $260,000 through the 2022-2024 Dyslexia Grant Award Program. Funds from the grant will allow nine staff members to receive further education to serve students. The purpose of the 2022-2024 Dyslexia Grant Award Program is to increase the capacity of local education agencies to serve students with dyslexia appropriately. In addition, the grant program provides funding for high-quality training to educators or specific training programs that result in dyslexia credentials. Specifically, these funds will allow six Life School employees to obtain their diagnostician certification, two staff members to obtain their licensed specialist in school psychology degree, and one staff member to receive their dyslexia teacher certification through Scottish Rite.
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