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Autism and Emotions-Movie “Inside Out” helps teach us both

I am so excited about the upcoming movie from Pixar, ‘Inside Out’. The film will be set in the head of a young girl, Riley Anderson, where five emotions—Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness—try to lead the girl through her life. As I sat through this preview I could not help but think about all of the people with autism who have a hard time understanding and expressing emotions. This movie also happens to be set in San Francisco, home to our speech therapy practice and many children with autism. There are many strategies to teaching emotions to children with … Continue reading

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Frontal lisp and tongue thrust, there is a difference!

At our San Francisco speech therapy practice we get referrals for children, adolescents and young adults with a vague questioning of a tongue thrust or lisp. A tongue thrust (also called a “reverse swallow”) and (“frontal”) lisp can exist separately or together. The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) defines a tongue thrust as a tongue moving forward in an exaggerated way during speech and/or swallowing. The tongue may lie too far forward during rest or may protrude between the upper and lower teeth during speech and swallowing, and at rest. A tongue thrust is classified as an orofacial myofunctional … Continue reading

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Feeding Difficulties in a Food Lover’s Paradise

San Francisco is a foodie haven. Even children of San Francisco love food and eating all the exciting dishes this city has to offer. Of course not all children are adventurous eaters and some children are just downright “picky” eaters. But, more than picky, our city (and beyond) has many children who are “problem” eaters. One of our favorite approaches to working with children is the The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach. More information about our feeding and oral motor services can be found here. We love this approach because it focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and … Continue reading

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Stuttering: Signs, Causes and How to Help Children

Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering. Fluency is the flow of speech. Fluent speech is smooth, forward-moving, unhesitant and effortless speech. There is no single cause of stuttering. There are several factors that likely play into the cause of stuttering: genetics, child’s language skills, environmental factors and temperament. Approximately 60% of children who stutter have a … Continue reading

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