Entries by Avivit Ben-Aharon

How Alzheimer’s Affects Your Speech

“Have you ever walked along a shoreline, only to have your footprints washed away? That’s what Alzheimer’s is like. The waves erase the marks we leave behind, all the sand castles.” – Pat Summitt Basketball head coach Pat Summitt was diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer’s at 59 years old. In her memoir, she wrote about […]

Social Pragmatic Disorder vs Autism: What’s the Difference?

Despite similarities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is not Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SCD). SCD first appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 2013. SCD is a newer discovery and the symptoms of ASD and SCD are similar, even overlapping, yet different. A person struggling with SCD may have trouble with tones or sharing their thoughts. Speech-language therapy is a main […]

Communication Skills: Speech Therapy as a Treatment for Dementia

Each year, there are 9.9 million new cases of dementia. This disorder poses financial strife for both patients and our health care systems. Its economic impact is huge- the fight against dementia costs nearly $818 billion per year. Many patients opt for rehabilitation or occupational therapy, in addition to cognition-enhancing medication. An increasingly popular option of the […]

Social Pragmatic Disorder: What you Need to Know About It

If you suspect that your child might have a social pragmatic disorder (or social communication disorder), you probably have a lot of questions. Social pragmatic communication disorder is a diagnosis, and it’s gone by many different names in the past. This disorder is characterized by the difficulty with the use of spoken language in socially […]