Language / Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy
I just received an interesting article in our American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) journal. It is something that we see all too often in our office here at Speech Solutions Hawaii, so I thought it was definitely worth the “share” and to start talking about it.
Education / Language / School / Speech Therapy
I’ve had the pleasure of being able to treat children now for many many years. (15 to be exact! Sheesh- where did my 30’s go?!?). Over the course of time, you begin to notice trends that help, and trends that hamper a child’s progress through-out their experience in speech therapy.
by Kelci Santiago
“Sit up straight, knees are 90 degrees, feet flat on the ground.”
I feel the above statement is my very own speech therapy mantra I continually use to remind the children I see here in Hawaii to check-in with their posture while sitting in therapy. More often than not, a child will come into therapy, sit down, and immediately slouch over, hunch his back, or use the table/chair to help hold himself up. Why does he do this? Well, why do you hunch? If you are sitting down and reading this are you on your sits bones, are your shoulders back and down with your chest slightly lifted? Can you feel your abdominal muscles working? You should feel your stomach expanding like a balloon as you inhale through your nose, and then returning to its normal position as you exhale.
Education / Inspiration
by Debra Hartley
If you’ve been following the Speech Solutions Hawaii blog this year, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve focused on holidays a bit this year. Every month has a major holiday with the exception of August, but we’ve found that a lot of our kiddos don’t know the meaning or origin of these holidays. (And if we’re honest, some of us adults are a bit hazy on the details as well.) As far as our kids understand, it’s a day off from school, a chance to spend the day at Magic Island or Lanikai, BBQ day with friends, or, everyone’s favorite, stay up late and watch fireworks in Waikiki!