COMMUNICATION and SOCIAL INTERACTION DISORDER TRAINING FREE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT SECURITY FIRMS and OTHER PEACE OFFICERS

Posted July 22nd, 2016 by deborah.ross with No Comments

Dear Peace Officers:

We at San Diego Speech Therapy, Inc need to say THANK YOU for your service to the public. Your job is unpredictable, sometimes dangerous, and most certainly stressful. You must use a combination of your higher-order cognitive reasoning and judgement skills alongside your lower-order instinctual and “quick read” sensory-based skills to make decisions whether to act or not act in unfamiliar situations. You are relied upon by the public to take decisive action, often in a split second. We thank you for the work that you do for the greater good day in and day out. In order to meet the complex needs of the public, you must undergo regular training in skill sets such as communications, negotiations, handling of weapons and required equipment, to name just a few.

Do you also need training in identifying and working with individuals who have communication disorders and social interaction disorders? YES–by virtue of working with the public, you do. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 10 (TEN!) children and adults has one or more communication disorders in the US (according to the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders). This means that in your line of work, it is very likely you have encountered individuals with some form of communication disorder nearly every day you are interacting with the public. Did you identify them? Did you know how to change the way you interacted with them? It is NECESSARY for anyone who works with the public to be able to do both. Here are some real life situations:

Could the “drunk, erratic, staggering” person who was “shouting and using slurred speech” on the street turn out to be a person who has survived a stroke or has another type of neurological speech disorder (dysarthria or aphasia)?

Could the person who didn’t follow your order three times to “Put your hands where I can see them” have a hearing disorder?

Could the person who sat in the middle of the street rocking back and forth looking distressed while holding an undetermined “potentially dangerous object” have a social-interaction (developmental) or auditory comprehension disorder?

Maybe they COULD not do what you asked—especially when your demeanor was frightening them?

Please read this: http://www.ici.umn.edu/products/impact/133/prof4.html.

And remember this: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-shot-unarmed-man-hands-face-charges-article-1.2720369

And please remember this: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/01/boy-15-shot-dead-by-police-in-calumet-city/.

Individuals with communication disorders are among our most vulnerable citizens. Please, on their behalf, take time to READ about individuals who have communication disorders, and ASK questions of professionals who devote their lives to public understanding and communication skills development. Professionals such as Speech/Language Pathologists (SLP’s) specialize in evaluating and treating individuals who have communication issues. An essential component to this life’s work is training of family, caregivers, the public. We invite you to visit the trusted sites listed below under SOURCES, to learn more.

We at San Diego Speech Therapy are also your resource. As Speech/Language Pathologists, we can help you learn to identify and to respond appropriately to individuals with a variety of hearing, speech, language, cognitive-linguistic, developmental and behavioral diagnoses. Please let US serve you. www.sandiegospeechtherapy.com

Sources:

https://www.ada.gov/policeinfo.htm

https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-voice-speech-language

https://medlineplus.gov/speechandcommunicationdisorders.html

https://www.ada.gov/policevideo/policebroadbandgallery.htm

http://www.thearc.org/NCCJD/resources/by-audience/law-enforcement

http://www.victimsofcrime.org/library/resource-directory-victims-with-disabilities/law-enforcement

http://www.asha.org/public/

http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/CM5101.pdf

WHAT you say is 5%, HOW you say it is 95%

Posted July 10th, 2014 by deborah.ross with No Comments

We get calls. We get a lot of calls from busy professionals or those just starting out, who hesitatingly contact us. They hesitate because they aren’t sure there is help for their concern. After all they don’t need a Speech THERAPIST. That’s for kids.

Or do they?  Come on, they don’t have a DISORDER. That’s for people in the hospital.

Or is it? The calls come from professionals of all ages who have a CONCERN. Sometimes they’ve had this concern for years. At times, they think it’s held them back from professional (career) opportunities and advancement. Other times they weren’t too aware how they sounded until someone made a comment–usually on the job.

“You speak too fast” (fidgets during your presentation),  “I can’t understand you” (looks at watch), “Say that again?” (answers with a response that tells you they weren’t listening), “What?” (doesn’t return your call).

Do these interactions ring true for you?

Communication is all about FLOW. When the FLOW is disrupted, everyone loses focus. San Diego Speech Therapy offers professional speech development, accent or voice improvement for professionals wanting to improve that FLOW. Whether you have a concern or a problem, we can help. Whether you have speech, voice, “how you come across”, or accent concerns; we can help you investigate them all. You can have new found respect by those YOU respect. Click here for more information and to contact us today!

A Courageous Spokeswoman Gabby Giffords

Posted May 2nd, 2014 by deborah.ross with No Comments

As Speech Pathologists, we follow the long and effortful path of Gabby Giffords with great interest. She is the Representative from Arizona who was cruelly shot in the head 3 years ago at a public event. Her injuries left her with APHASIA, a disorder of language. Aphasia is a problem caused by a neurological injury or illness which makes finding words, making sentences, understanding others, and expressing your thoughts difficult and downright maddening. Because May is Better Hearing and Speech month, we at San Diego Speech Therapy, Inc thought it was time to take a look at how hard she has worked and how far she’s come. Look at her now! She’s doing yoga and speech therapy, and inspiring us all.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Posted May 1st, 2014 by deborah.ross with No Comments

This month we focus on prevention and education. 1 in 10 children and adults is struggling. Difficulty communicating or swallowing disturbances affect the very core of family quality of life. Go to http://identifythesigns.org/the-signs/ to learn if your concern is treatable.

Is your problem treatable? www.IdentifyTheSigns.org

Best of

Posted August 16th, 2013 by deborah.ross with No Comments

The American Speech/Language Hearing Association has compiled a list of some nice blogs to refer to. We are working on booting ours up, and welcome suggestions for content.

http://blog.asha.org/2012/03/15/the-best-speech-language-pathologist-blogs-from-a-to-z/

RNC and DNC Highlight the Power of Great Speaking Skills

Posted September 27th, 2012 by deborah.ross with No Comments

With both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention providing a stage for some of our country’s best speakers, the conventions emphasized the importance of great speaking skills.

From Mitt Romney to President Obama, presenters at both the RNC and the DNC showed the value of professional speech development through their clear, confident and poised speaking skills.

Though they make it seem easy, don’t let them fool you. These presenters have spent time and hard work honing their speaking skills through hours of practice and professional speech development.

Professional Speech Development Helps Make Simple Messages Powerful

As President Obama wrapped up his address, his words were simple but delivered in a powerful way, “On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties, It will be a choice between two different paths for America.”

In the same way, Mitt Romney used simple content that was delivered with a polished professionalism, “If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future.”

No matter who you’ll be voting for in November, both speeches accent the importance of professional speech development and the impact it can have on delivering your message.

WHAT you say is 5% of your message, HOW you say it is the other 95%.

We’ve helped countless professionals work on their speaking skills. Our clients consistently remind us that WHAT you say is 5% of your message, but HOW you say it is the other 95%. Our clients learn that HOW they say WHAT they say is the KEY to the audience hearing their intended message.

Professional speech development can:
– reduce frustration for you and your listeners by improving speech clarity
– advance professional image
– improve self-confidence
– reduce grammatical and articulation “errors”
– provide a better ability to be understood on the phone and during presentations
– improve your speaking voice (less nasal, better projection, more “powerful” and authoritative)

If you’re interested in improving your public speaking skills, contact us today. We are here to help you acheive your goals.

Gabby Giffords In A Moving Recital of The Pledge of Allegiance

Posted September 20th, 2012 by deborah.ross with No Comments

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) delivered a moving, courageous and beautiful Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night. Her recital highlighted the importance and success of great Speech Pathology.

Through her hard work and determination, she was able to stand tall and lead a stadium full of people in a moving tribute to our country.

Speech Therapy and Hard Work Led to a Big Success

After the tragic Tucson shootings that nearly took her life in January 2011, Giffords’ speech was severely impaired to the point that she was told by doctors she may never be able to speak again.

After months of hard work with her speech pathologist, Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Giffords has made amazing strides in being able to speak again. As part of her treatment plan, ASHA certified speech pathologists used pictures, books, music, interactions with loved ones in-person and on the phone, professional role-based materials, as well as community-based outings like going to restaurants so she could order lunch.

As Giffords’ husband Captain Mark Kelly put it, speech-language pathologists “have played a critical part in Gabby’s recovery and helped her regain her ability to communicate.”

A Heartfelt “Thank You” to Gabby Giffords

From the San Diego Speech Therapy team we think it is important to take pause and say, “Thank you Gabby Giffords for your courage and hard work. You are an inspiration for all of us working hard to recover communication abilities once again.” We are pleased she is nominated to receive the 2012 Annie Glenn award at the annual ASHA convention in Atlanta, GA.

Her amazing recovery emphasizes the role that post-hospital speech therapy plays in regaining the ability to communicate once again. Through hard work, moving beyond embarrassment, frustration and anger at the sense of loss; she turned a hopeless situation into a beautiful story of strength and hope.

Here at SDST, we believe in helping our patients find their success stories, just like Gabby Giffords. If you’re struggling to overcome speech issues, contact us today. We are here to help.

Read an interview with Nancy Helm-Estabrooks here:
http://www.asha.org/Publications/leader/2012/120605/Giffords-Comes-Home-to-Aphasia-Treatment/

What is Speech Pathology?

Posted April 29th, 2011 by deborah.ross with No Comments

Speech and Language Disorders Explained
A child’s communication is considered problematic when the child is noticeably behind his or her peers in the acquisition of speech and/or language skills. Sometimes a child will have greater receptive (understanding) than expressive (speaking) language skills, but this is not always the case. Speech and language disorders can affect the way children talk, understand, analyze or process information.

Speech Disorders
Speech disorders include the clarity, voice quality, and fluency of a child’s spoken words. Language disorders include a child’s ability to hold meaningful conversations, understand others, problem solve, read and comprehend, and express thoughts through spoken or written words. Speech disorders refer to difficulties producing speech sounds or problems with voice quality. They might be characterized by an interruption in the flow or rhythm of speech, such as stuttering, which is called dysfluency.

Voice or Language Disorders
People with voice disorders may have trouble with the way their voices sound. Speech disorders may be problems with the way sounds are formed, called articulation or phonological disorders, or they may be difficulties with the pitch, volume or quality of the voice. They may say “see” when they mean “ski” or they may have trouble using other sounds like “l” or “r”. Listeners may have trouble understanding what someone with a speech disorder is trying to say. A language disorder is an impairment in the ability to understand and/or use words in context, both verbally and nonverbally.

Characteristics of Language Disorders
Some characteristics of language disorders include improper use of words and their meanings, inability to express ideas, inappropriate grammatical patterns, reduced vocabulary and inability to follow directions. One or a combination of these characteristics may occur in children who are affected by language learning disabilities or developmental language delay. Children may hear or see a word but not be able to understand its meaning. They may have trouble getting others to understand what they are trying to communicate.

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