Speech Therapy at Home for Busy Families

I was inspired to create this video/post because of my own to-do list! Like everyone else, I’m pretty busy, but there are so many ways I can and do work in speech and language learning throughout our day. Often, when I talk to families, they have some misconceptions about speech therapy: it needs to be this super-structured adult-directed specially set aside time. And when people can’t make that happen, because… life!They feel guilty, and they think they can’t make a difference in their child’s abilities. But I’m here to tell you THAT’S NOT TRUE! The best, best, best way to …

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Face to Face Interactions

One of the first tools deployed in any good speech-language pathologist’s toolbox is getting face-to-face with a child. It is one of the first activities taught in many parent training programs, such as the Hanen Programme and DIR Floortime, and for good reason. Verbal communication and learning to verbally communicate start with nonverbal communication. A child who regularly and effectively communicates via facial expressions, gestures, and eventually sounds will have a much easier time moving to words than a child who doesn’t employ those tools. To help our children learn to use those precursors to verbal language, we need to …

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Welcome to Joy Talks Speech

Who am I and why am I doing this? Good question! My name is Joy, and I am a speech-language pathologist working in early intervention, the population from birth to 3 years old. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State received my Master’s degree from Marywood University in speech-language pathology in 2010. I worked with adults for 2 years, and then was given an opportunity to try early intervention. There I found my passion. Over the last 5 years, I have treated hundreds of children and helped them to talk, and have found it to be incredibly …

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