The Power of Play: “Floortime Therapy” for Children with Autism

The importance of playtime for children is a given. The benefits of bonding, having fun, and opportunities to learn new concepts, like sharing, are essential to the parent-child relationship. But how does it affect the brain? According to research conducted by York University in Toronto, playtime has the ability to help children with autism. Children

Caseload manageability and job satisfaction: Comments from the field

In an earlier post, we looked at research presented by Lauren Katz, et al, “What makes a caseload (un)manageable? School-based speech-language pathologists speak” (complete citation follows below), a discussion of the variables impacting a speech pathologist’s perception of the manageability of his caseload. Variables were divided into three (3) distinct categories: demographics: who was more

Great Book- Understanding Developmental Language Disorders

Understanding Developmental Language Disorders by Courtenay Frazier Norbury, J. Bruce Tomlin and Dorothy V.M. Bishop is a book worth adding to your Christmas list if you don’t already own a copy. Children are diagnosed with Diagnoistic Language Disorders (DLD) when they fail to develop his or her native language without any apparent reason. This disorder

New Study Provides Insight into Human Capacity for Language

A new study has shown that a small mutation in the gene FOXP2 is responsible for the human capacity for language. The study, published in the November 12th edition of Nature, is the result of a collaboration between researchers at UCLA and Emory University‘s Yerkes Primate Research Laboratory. According to researchers, FOXP2 regulates the expression

Recession Affects The University of Florida’s Communication Science Departments

A recent article in Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists details how the state budget shortfall in the state of Florida has caused the school to consolidate two communication science departments to form the largest academic program of its kind in Florida. The department of the communication sciences and disorders in the College of Liberal

Blogger Discusses the Psychological Side of Stuttering

In a recent blog post, a blogger called “Stuttering Jack” offers his opinion on how stuttering increases people’s anxieties and destructs their confidence. He suggests several methods for treating the negative psychological effects of stuttering,such as cognitive behavior therapy and neuro linguistic programming. Overall, the blog offers valuable resources on stuttering, including information on stuttering

Study of the Brains of Epileptics Provides New Insight into how the Brain Processes Language

A recent post in Wired Science discusses the surprising findings of a study conducted by researchers in San Diego and Boston that used brain-reading technology to precisely measure the electrical activity in the brains of epileptics who are not responding to treatment. Data from the study has provided a unique view into how the brain

Stay on Top of the Latest Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders

The Callier Library is a great resource that is constantly updated with the latest research on anything related to speech, language, and hearing disorders. The abstracts tend to be very technical, but the search feature allows you to easily identify articles on specific topics. For instance, a search for the word “videoconferencing” turned up with