Labor Day Activity!

Labor Day stickerLabor Day History

As told by the department of labor, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day in 2017 will be on September 4th! This day is to celebrate all working men and women. On this day, our office WILL be closed. Even though we won’t be open, let’s remember to keep working on our speech therapy. Here is a fun Labor Day activity:

Who Am I?


resized_310_79a14f58d68d0f4c5dc7fa1342efceda.jpgThis game can be used with all the letters in the alphabet. We recommend using letters that your child is working on in therapy. It’s simple! Just pick a letter and a job that starts with the letter chosen. Give two-three facts about the job.  In the end, your child should be able to guess/answer the question “Who Am I?” It’s a fun way of teaching your child about all the possible jobs out there while working on his/her speech!



Christine Wilson is hiring! This is a full-time job with flexible hours. Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist wanted, as almost all of her clients are preschool/school age. Must have 2-3 years experience with Autism AND Apraxia.

NO SLPA’s or CFY’s.

Must have FL state license and CCC’s.

Our therapy center offers the latest in technology with the personal attention of a private practice. If you think you would be a good fit for our practice, please send resumes to:! Please use this email if you have any further questions.

Our address is:

5383 Primrose Lake Cir, Ste B
Tampa, Florida 33647

What Does it Take to Become an SLP?


Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Speech Language Pathologist? You take your child or a loved one to speech therapy once, twice, maybe even three times a week. But how did your speech language pathologist get to where he/she is at today? Let’s take a look:

Do I Want to Be a Speech Therapist?

Speech therapists, also known as ‘speech-language pathologists’, diagnose and treat disorders that affect speech, such as those that prevent proper production of speech sounds, create fluency or rhythm problems, cause swallowing problems, or affect an individual’s ability to process speech. These professionals often work in a clinical setting, but also might work in medical facilities, schools, research and development labs, or even clients’ homes. Some work on a contract basis and might spend a great deal of time traveling from one facility to another.

Job Requirements

Degree Level Master’s degree
Degree Field(s) Speech pathology
License/Certification Licensure equired in most states; voluntary certifications available
Experience Practicum
Key Skills Compassion and patience; critical thinking, speaking, listening, and writing skills; knowledge of medical software such as Avaaz Innovations Interactive Voice Analysis System, language analysis software, and spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel; bilingual a plus
Mean Annual Salary (2015) $76,900 (for speech-language pathologists)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A master’s degree is the minimum education needed to become a speech therapist. Licensing is required in most states. Speech therapists must demonstrate compassion, patience, and critical thinking skills. Speech therapists also must possess excellent speaking, listening, and writing skills. Additionally, they need knowledge of medical software such as Avaaz Innovations Interactive Voice Analysis System, language analysis software, and spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel.

As of May 2015, speech-language pathologists earned a mean annual wage of $76,900, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

There is no specific undergraduate major required to become a speech-language pathologist; however, a degree in communications or speech and hearing sciences might be most pertinent for a career in speech therapy. Additionally, these majors usually provide students with the prerequisite courses needed for admission to a graduate-level speech therapy program.

Earn a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology

Every state’s speech therapist licensure requirements include a master’s degree. A master’s degree program in speech pathology introduces students to concepts such as voice articulation, phonology, literacy, and neurological substrates. Additionally, students are sometimes permitted to specialize in early intervention, providing therapy to school-aged children, or neurogenic disorders.

Supervised clinical practicums are an important component of these degree programs. In these practicums, graduate students diagnose and treat patients from different linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Graduate students also might want to become bilingual. Speech therapists fluent in more than one language might have better career outlooks because they can work with more clients. Elective courses in a foreign language can assist an aspiring speech-language pathologist to develop extensive second-language skills.

Additionally, aspiring speech therapists might opt to participate in a clinical fellowship. A fellowship typically lasts 36 weeks and requires a participant to work full-time for the duration.

Earn a Credential and Licensure

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) offers credentialing for speech therapists in academic programs, clinical practice, continuing education, and clinical specialty recognition. The ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) satisfies all or part of the licensure requirements in most states. Additionally, some employers require that speech therapists possess this credential. To earn it, applicants must complete 400 hours of supervised clinical experience and have a master’s degree.

Additionally, individuals who have a graduate degree with major emphasis in speech-language pathology might become certified by the Council for Clinical Certification, which issues certificates of clinical competence for both audiology and speech-language pathology.

Speech-language pathologists also need to earn a license in order to practice. While the CCC-SLP credential satisfies requirements in most states, others have their own requirements for licensure. A master’s degree in speech-language pathology, a designated number of supervised clinical practicum hours, and passage of an exam are common requirements.

Continue Education

Some states require that speech therapists continue their education to maintain licensure. Continuing education requirements can be satisfied by completing classes, seminars, or workshops. Attending these opportunities also helps speech therapists stay current on industry standards and trends.

Speech therapists also might want to consider joining a professional organization. Membership in a professional organization can provide networking opportunities and access to continuing education credits. Credentialing organizations, such as ASHA, often offer these groups.

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FREE Speech Therapy Activities


If you are looking for some speech therapy activities for your child to work on at home checkout the following website. These are FREE activities to motivate and engage children to learn speech, language, and communication skills.

It has four major activities; language, literacy, AAC, and articulation. These activities are then broken down into subcategories! We hope you enjoy these FREE activities!

Posterior Tongue Tie – Causes and Treatments

Posterior tongue tie (ankyloglossia) is a shortening of the frenulum of tongue, thereby limiting his mobility. The shortening of the bridle – a birth defect. Newborn posterior tongue tie causes disturbances in the process of sucking. In older children it can be a malocclusion, speech defects and problems with swallowing.

There are four types of posterior tongue tie:

  1. In the first type of posterior tongue tie the frenulum is short and thin and does not contain large vessels.
  2. In the second type of posterior tongue tie bridle short and thick, with a content of large blood vessels and connective tissue.
  3. while the posterior tongue-tie is characterized by the thickening brake (type III)
  4. or a submucosal brake (a wide, flat mound lingual ) which restricts movement to the base of the tongue (type IV).

    Posterior Tongue Tie type 1 above:

    Frenulum insertion occurs at the tip of the tongue. When the baby cries, tongue or heart-shaped appears bifida, as the bridle pulls the tip of his tongue into her mouth.

    Posterior Tongue Tie type 2 above:

    The insertion occurs bridle few millimeters further back than type 1. The language is not usually see bifida, but when the baby cries, you can see the tip of the tongue falls down.

    Posterior Tongue Tie type 3 Rear:

    This type of bridle could be defined as a combination of types 2 and 4, since there is little visible membrane at the back of the tongue but also a submucosal anchor, so not enough to sever the membrane to release the tongue floor of the mouth.This type of bridle may be difficult to observe with the naked eye, but just spend a finger from side to side under the tongue resting baby to notice him. 

    The tongue may have a normal appearance and perform extension movements with relative ease, but doing so will warp the periphery and become depressed in the center, and the baby can not raise it to touch the palate with mouth wide open. Depending on the thickness and woodiness of the submucosal component, the tongue may also present a matted and compact appearance.

    Posterior Tongue Tie Type 4 bridle later:

    Bridle as such is not seen with the naked eye because it is hidden under a layer of mucosal tissue, and almost totally restricted mobility of the tongue, so it is very anchored to the floor of the mouth and can present a compact appearance.The movement of the tongue is usually asymmetric. Often a pointed or narrow palate, a direct consequence of the low mobility of the tongue is appreciated.

    Ankyloglossia literally means “tongue tied or anchored” and is a very graphic definition of what happens to babies born with frenulum too short for the tongue: the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth and can not perform the necessary movements for the baby to suck effectively without compromising the welfare of his mother.

    Symptoms of Posterior Tongue Tie

    Ankyloglossia, or posterior tongue tie, has has been said congenital, which is detected after the inspection frenum. Among the symptoms of posterior tongue tie are sucking and swallowing problems, speech difficulties, mechanical problems and mandibular growth:

    • Sucking and swallowing (13%): the tie occurs in approximately 5% of newborns (8). This alteration is associated with 25-60% of the incidence of difficulties during breastfeeding for both mother and infant. Thus, you may have damage to the mother’s nipple, breast pain caused by extreme exertion suction, repeated episodes of mastitis, recuso breastfeeding, neonatal dehydration, poor milk supplement for infant causing poor weight gain and premature weaning may prevent the development of adult swallowing mechanism (8,10,12,13,14,20,21,22). These findings suggest that neonatal frenectomy should be considered in this select group of mothers whose infants with posterior tongue tie are also having trouble breastfeeding (8).
    • Speech (32%): the speech problem related to the tie is often overestimated. Sometimes, it can cause errors in the joint and affect the expression of alveolar-lingual and dental-lingual as t, d, l, n and r consonants; because the pronunciation of these requires opposition of the tongue against the socket or palate (22). Most joint failures has been found in people with limited mobility of the tongue when compared to those with normal mobility. Moreover, there is sufficient evidence that a good speech is still possible in the presence of a significant ankyloglossia and speech problems can be overcome without frenectomy, and yes with a speech therapy (10).
    • Mechanical Problems (14%): these are the most underrated problems of posterior tongue tie. The lack of mobility of the tongue causes inability to perform an internal oral self-cleaning, disabled lick lips and prevents often play wind instruments (9), implying social problems.
    • Mandibular growth: mild ankyloglossia no effect on the growth of the jaw except minor dental abnormalities of the incisors or mucogingival recession. The tie may cause more severe and other prognatismo open cases (10,22,23) bite.
    • Retrognathia: although the retrognathia (shorter lower jaw from the top) is physiological in infants and changes with growth, babies with posterior tongue tie usually have an obvious retrognathia.
    • Lingual corn: the corn or callus, tongue indicate that the baby must pull hard to grab the chest and that it causes sores by rubbing.
    • Irregular movements of the language: when the baby cries we can see that the language does not move symmetrically, stands or bends of different areas
    • Clicks: babies with posterior tongue tie can suck making noises with his tongue clicks, very characteristic indicating that occasionally the tongue can not maintain grip.
    • Arched palate: the language, at rest, can not be placed in the correct position it just modifying oral structures. The upper jaw is narrow forming a V, and palate sinks in parallel, which gives a deep look.

    Many children with the disease symptoms are not manifested. As children get older lingual frenulum becomes longer and corresponds arisen as a result of disease restrictions in the movement of the tongue. But some children with this disease experience the following symptoms:

    • Low self-esteem and difficulties with adaptation. Child with posterior Ankyloglossia is unable to play wind instruments or using the language clean the teeth from food. Often it causes ridicule from the other guys.
    • Speech defects occur because the tip of the tongue can not rise to the desired level, so the child is not able to pronounce certain letters: l, n, s, s, d, t.
    • Difficulties with nutrition in infancy, because the child is loosely adjacent to the mother’s breast. The solution in such a situation becomes artificial nutrition.

    Causes of Posterior Tongue Tie

    This is a congenital defect, it is inherited. As a rule, these problems had parents or someone of the other next of kin. In the development of children with this defect often additional anomalies were observed. Normally tongue-tied observed in children whose mothers during pregnancy used cocaine. 

    In addition, the disease occurs in people who are diagnosed with a congenital defect, causing deformation of the face and the oral cavity. For example, it may be cleft palate, which is directly related to changes in the X-chromosome.

    The prevalence of short bridle of tongue occurs three times more often in boys than in girls. Up to 50% of patients with Ankyloglossia have close relatives with the same pathology. Most of the children otherwise relatively healthy, but in some it can be a manifestation of the syndrome of multiple congenital malformations. Ankyloglossia prevalence is approximately 1:1000.


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7 Interesting Facts About Speech Disorders and Their Effects on People

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Do you know the difference between stuttering and cluttering? Or that according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA for short) there are ~7.5 million people in the United States alone with a speech disorder? Checkout this article to read up on 7 interesting facts about speech disorders…


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/ase·mia/ (a-se´me-ah)

Is a medical condition dealing with inability to employ or to understand either speech or signs. It is a more severe condition than aphasia, which is the inability to understand linguistic signs. Asemia is caused by damage in the areas of the mind that process communication signals.

The most common cause of asemia is trauma to the brain, such as stroke, a brain tumor or a blow to the head. Other possible causes include Alzheimer’s disease and infection. Though left-handed people can process communications in both the left and right sides of the brain, most people use their left brain only. For this reason, the condition typically is the result of a problem in that side of the brain. Asemia often appears suddenly because of the nature of the conditions that cause it, although it can develop slowly, such as with dementia.

Depending on the severity and the kind of condition that causes it, asemia can be temporary or permanent. In many cases, it can be treated within days. This is especially common among patients who have suffered a stroke, which is also the largest group to get asemia.

The most common treatment for asemia is speech therapy. This treatment enables a patient to relearn writing, speaking and comprehension skills. Depending on the severity of the condition, it can take years to complete therapy. Methods of treatment include speech practice and the use of specialized computer programs that help a patient practice the basics of communication.

Complete success is common, but there are cases it which it is possible to restore only partial ability. In some situations, a therapist might concentrate on helping the patient to manage the loss of skills that cannot be retrieved. Using short sentences, writing down phrases and giving patients ample time to communicate can aid in the healing process.

There is a form of expression known as asemic writing in which text is created with no obvious meaning, though it might derive significance through context. It is an abstract form that is often incorporated into visual art. Although it might look similar to regular text, asemic writing can be arranged in any way, from a traditional set of organized lines to a randomly arranged group of scribblings.

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