Entries by Avivit Ben-Aharon

When Toys Take Center Stage

7 Ways to Actively Promote Language Development in Children We live in a fast-paced world where new products are outdated once they hit the shelves. But a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that “electronic toys and e-books can make parents less likely to have the most meaningful kinds of verbal exchanges with their children.” Recently, I worked […]

Gr8 Lessons for Bilingual Parents

There is a difference between language and speech. Language is unique to humans and is defined as the underlying system that allows humans to interact, share their ideas and thoughts. Language is divided into receptive language, aka understanding language and expressive language, the ability to express thoughts and ideas. Language is essential for cognition and […]

The King’s Speech is a Common Problem

It didn’t take the movie “The King’s Speech” to bring the frustration of stuttering to the forefront. What it did is give it a “royal” boost. It also reminded us of the important role a speech therapist can play in remediating this “common” speech dysfluency. What are the signs of stuttering? The signs and symptoms […]

Leave Your Accent Behind

Everyone has an accent. No matter where you go in life, you take your accent with you. It is part of your personal identity and reflects your unique characteristics and background. Some people have regional accents, like a Southern drawl or the Texas twang. Others have foreign accents which indicate that they were born or […]

The Power of the Pause

I recently received an inquiry from a well-meaning dad who was concerned about his son’s overuse of the phrase, “You know.” You know how it goes. We tend to use phrases like “umm” “well like’ and “you know” either out of habit or because we lack the skill and ability to respond quickly. Often, we […]

Does your child speak clearly?

Though communication begins with babbling, the actual art of articulation involves incredible coordination of many body parts including your tongue, lips, jaws and vocal chords. Try making the sound of the letter B with your tongue in the front of your mouth instead of the back. With a slip of the tongue, you have totally […]

Gr8 Expectations for 2015

My 2015 New Year’s resolution is…to create a mission statement instead of a New Year’s resolution. We’ll call it the Gr8 Expectations! As I look back over the past year, I am energized by the evolution of Great Speech. In 2013, the focus was on our website; in 2014, we tackled social media, created brand […]

The Case of the Cafeteria Plate

I recently treated an 8-year old severely autistic child who would only “eat” specific food from a specific plate, a sectioned cafeteria-styled one, every single day. I put the word “eat” in quotations because his eating pattern would better be described as inhaling or shoving the food into his mouth with his hands, in a […]