Entries by Avivit Ben-Aharon

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 […]

Rip, Rug, Run: Speech Therapy Exercises for Remediation of the R Sound

Does your child have a language disorder or difficulty communicating? If so, they’re not alone. Approximately 8-9 percent of young children have some kind of speech or language disorder. One of the most common speech and language disorders a child may experience is an inability to pronounce the /r/ sound correctly. This particular speech impediment is […]

The Future of Speech Therapy: Will Telepractice Play a Major Role?

I recently gave a seminar for speech therapy graduate students at Nova Southeastern University….online. An online class is so consistent with the telepractice model I was promoting to the students. Ironically, I live ten minutes from the university, while the professor was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the students were scattered across the US. This session was […]

What To Expect During An Oral Mechanism Exam?

In the United States, around 7.5 million people have difficulty using their voice and clearly communicating. The issues seem to disproportionately affect children as well. Nearly one in twelve children struggle with a speech disorder. The growing diagnosis rate of speech disorders in recent years has increased awareness of the issue. When we know exactly what […]

Finding Your Voice Again: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is getting more notoriety these days now that we know more about the brain, concussions and the risk of such injuries. In recent years, there were close to 3 million emergency room cases related to brain injuries. If you happen to suffer one of these injuries, it’s important that you work hard to heal up […]

8 Common Symptoms of Social Communication Disorder

Social communication disorder is a disorder characterized by unconventional and awkward communication patterns. While similar to — and often mistaken for — autism spectrum disorder, it’s void of many of the symptoms which characterize autism. Wondering what social communication disorder entails? We’re going to get into that below. Without further ado, here are 11 common symptoms of social […]

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 […]