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About Yasminah Abdullah, M.S., CCC-SLP

Ms.Yasminah Abdullah, M.S., CCC-SLP is a principal Speech-Language Pathologist at Total Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy for Older Persons Living in Assisted-Living Homes

It is known too many healthcare providers who have worked with us in the past few years that Total Speech Therapy’s lead SLP Ms. Yasminah Abdullah’s has placed a particular focus on treating older indivisuals with speech irregularities or impairment. Because of Ms. Abdullah’s training, past work experience and community involvement we’ve been heavily involved in evaluating and treating patients in assisted-living communities and from the geriatric population.

The evaluation and treatment services we provide to adults in assisted-living homes covers diagnosis such as:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Neuromuscular speech disorders resulting from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other conditions (F e., Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome)
  • Geriatric-related conditions (patient/family education and counseling for Dementia)

We Understand our Patient’s Needs

Here at Total Speech therapy, we understand that the process of adapting to and overcoming communication challenges can seem overwhelming, both for the person dealing with the affliction, as well as for his or her family. This keen awareness is demonstrated in our compassion for people and trying our best to help them achieve optimum communication.
Through years of clinical experience, we’ve achieved excellent treatment results especially in the areas of the brain and nervous system disorders that inhibit communication, motor speech disorders, difficulties with swallowing, and cognitive-communication issues.
We Travel To You!

In our years of experience, we have seen significant treatment results when we are able to work with patients in their own environments. Traveling to the patient allows us to interact and work with them in a comfortable and familiar setting, which produces optimal results. Another benefit of having mobile therapists is that we have an opportunity to communicate with the primary healthcare providers, which enables us to work effectively within the targets set for the patient.

Total Speech-Language Pathologists, hold the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) certification of clinical competence (CCC-SLP) and are licensed by the state of Maryland to provide speech-language pathology services, we participate in continuing education in order to ensure the most up-to-date knowledge, skills and abilities; in order to provide the highest quality therapy services.
Financial Arrangements

Total Speech Therapy Services participates in Medicare and most of the major insurance carriers, managed care organizations, etc. An office manager can answer any further questions patients/physicians have regarding insurance at the time of the referral.

Disorders that Require Speech Therapy?

Speech is an integral part of communication and without clear speech and voice, people find it hard to fit into the society. It makes them suffer from self-esteem issues along with many communication complexities as well. It may be inborn or caused by a physical injury, a disease or a disorder the person might be suffering from (e.g. stroke, autism, neurological issues etc). This is where a speech therapist can come to help.

Who needs speech therapy?
Voice, pitch, phonation, articulation, breathing, are all parts of speech. Problem with either one of them can affect the quality of the speech. So who really needs Speech Therapy Owings Mills MD?

People with voice disorders
These kinds of disorders occur when something causes the voice to sound breathy, harsh, and/or may affect its pitch and loudness too. Even speech therapy can be used to help with the voice’s resonance which may make people sound as if they are talking through their nose. The voice disorders often cause irritation and discomfort.

People with speech disorders
These problems may be inborn or caused due to some impairments in the vocal channels of the human body. In some cases of impairments that are affecting the speech, a surgical intervention is often needed which is followed by extensive speech therapy to help with the speech issues. Some of the most common speech disorders include articulation, dysarthria, fluency, oral feeding, and apraxia.

People with language disorders
Language disorders often causes problems in listening, expressing, and even remembering words. The speech therapy in such cases should be individualized, targeting the language needs and the condition of the person.

If you are looking for Speech Therapy Owings Mills MD then log in to our website. We provide a variety of speech therapy programs to adults and children.

Pediatric Speech Therapy

A Look At The Services Of A Pediatric Speech Therapist

During their developmental stages, children are learning the basic rules of communication; usage of words, expressions, pitch, and other speech and language rules. Some are quick to learn these techniques and catch up on the language barriers while other kids may take more time. A speech and/or language delay, if it prolongs for a long time, can be a cause of concern for the adults around. This is where a pediatric speech therapist can intervene to help speed things up and help to resolve the issues that are causing the speech and/or delay.

Issues that require speech therapy

Some of the most common issues that would require the help of pediatric speech therapy Maryland are:

Speech delay:
This is one of the most common reasons that would require the help of a pediatric speech therapist. It is however easily treatable and would require speech therapy sessions along with some home carryover of what is being learned in the speech her apt sessions. It is often caused when the child is experiencing developmental delays and/or when the child is learning at a rate slower than his peers.

Expressive language problems:
This happens when the child may be good with thinking and understanding things but has difficulty verbally expressing himself with proper usage of words, emotions and expressions. It is treatable and requires a help from pediatric speech therapy Maryland.

Receptive problems:
Here the child has issues associating words with directions and clearly understanding what is being said to him. These issues with understanding/comprehending spoken or written language would require speech therapy along with other targeting comprehension goals.

It is a disorder that can cause a lot of developmental delays and issues in children ranging from speech delays to communication issues. The child would benefit from extensive speech therapy treatment to improve functional communication skills and carryover skills in multiple settings (i.e., school, home, therapy).

Intellectual limitations:
Cognitive limitations can lead to speech issues which would require skilled speech therapy sessions to identify and improve the communication problem.

Hearing loss:
Children who suffer from hearing loss or problems with the ear canal often need speech therapy sessions before and after the issue is resolved to fill up any gaps the hearing problem might have created in their development.

If your child suffers from any one of the above mentioned problems, then he or she might benefit from pediatric speech therapy Maryland. Log in to our website and have us help your child with our skilled speech and language therapy services.


Phonological Delay Therapy

A subgroup ın the articulation delay category is a phonological delay which means your child may be slower at going through the processes of speech development. For example, it is absolutely natural if your 12-month old says da instead of dad, however, if this dropping of the last consonant persists that means he is not developing his speech sounds at a normal pace. Speech therapy can assist you in helping your child catch up to where he should be in speech development.

Cleft Lip and Palate Therapy

A cleft lip or cleft palate occurs when either the upper lip doesn’t close properly or the palates inside your baby’s mouth don’t bond correctly during your baby’s gestation period. Speech impediments and feeding problems can occur depending on the severity of the cleft. Many parents opt for cleft surgery after birth and in turn, the child does not experience impediments, however if the cleft is not visible you may not see signs of a problem until later on.

A palate cleft can make feeding difficult because there could be a clear opening between the nose and mouth, which means milk could end up in the wrong place. Through therapy you can relearn how to feed your baby so that doesn’t happen, a very common mistake is allowing a child to lay flat on his back when drinking the milk – this should never happen, cleft palate or not.

As your child begins down the road to speech you may notice something curious about the tone of her voice. She may speak in a nasal tone which is one of the indications of a cleft palate. She may begin to develop incorrect ways of breathing and placing her tongue when making sounds due to the cleft. Speech-language therapy helps in correcting speech issues related to cleft lip and palate through teaching her how to correctly formulate sounds and breathe while doing so.


A child with Autism Spectrum Disorder deserves the same chance as any other child to play a part in the social fabric of our world. However, having autism means your child’s very ability to communicate with the outside world can be limited. This is where speech therapy can help. Parents often come to me with concerns such as:

  • My child cannot speak
  • My child makes strange sounds and yells for no reason
  • My child echoes everything I say
  • I cannot communicate with my child
  • I cannot understand what my child is saying

These concerns are of course troubling but addressing them is the first step toward providing your child a chance to be a part of our social world. We will tackle both verbal and nonverbal communication during therapy, since both forms are important in connecting with the environment and other people.

Therapy will be based upon the severity of the communication problem.If speech is difficult for your child than we will start off with other forms of communication to get the ball rolling, such as using pictures to communicate. We can also use electronic Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices that produce audio output based upon what your child inputs.

However, if speech is not the problem but rather the nuances of language than this requires a different approach. Therapy may include helping your child with the social use of language. As speech-language pathologists we are trained on the pragmatics and semantics of language.


Voice Therapy

The ability to use your voice in an effective manner is essential for both business and personal relationships. Voice disorders can make it difficult for people to feel confident about themselves and their ideas, but with some voice therapy you can learn how to control your voice and change the way the world hears you.

Voice disorders include Vocal Cord Dysfunction which is when the vocal cords close when they should be open and in turn give you a scratchy-sounding voice. Chronic coughing and chronic hoarseness are both tough on your vocal cords and make it difficult to carry conversations or conduct presentations. Speech therapy can assist you in managing your voice by learning the right way to breathe and also how to relax your throat in order to produce the voice you want people to hear.

Does a Child Under Your Care Require Speech Therapy?

Wouldn’t it be great if an ASHA certified speech and language pathologist could teach you how to identify a child who is exhibiting speech-language disorder?

Total Speech Therapy’s lead speech-language pathologist, Yasminah Abdullah, M.S., CCC-SLP, will be conducting complimentary seminars for teachers, caregivers, and healthcare professionals from August 28 to Nov., 15, 2014.

Each seminar will run for 45 minutes. During the presentations Yasminah will address the following topics:

  • Speech/language development milestones
  • Causes of speech and language problems
  • An overview of speech and language disorders
  • Therapy options available to your child
  • Insurance and eligibility for speech therapy programs

By the end of the seminar, we hope to equip your staff with pre-screening basics and how to refer a child under your care to a speech therapy professional. The presentation is free of charge, and we will run these programs annually as part of our community outreach program.

To book a seminar date at your location kindly call Tel: 410-696-3301.

Language Therapy

Language Therapy

Children can sometimes have difficulty understanding the uses of various parts of speech. This is where language therapy can assist. Even as adults we remember the meaning of certain parts of speech like noun, verb and adjective but may forget what is exactly meant by a correlative conjunction or linking verb so it is not so unusual when a child is unsure. In language therapy we can address the parts of speech that are difficult for your child to understand and then focus on those areas which is a great way to develop exceptional literacy skills as he/she gets older.

We Travel To You!

In our years of experience, we have seen significant treatment results when we are able to work with patients in their own environments. Traveling to the patient allows us to interact and work with them in a comfortable and familiar setting, which produces optimal results. Another benefit of having mobile therapists, is that we have an opportunity to communicate with the primary healthcare providers, which enables us to work effectively within the targets set for the patient.

Looking Forward to Hearing From You!

My team and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. You have my personal and professional promise that we will work with you, with the utmost commitment, to provide the best possible care and treatment for your patients.

Yasminah Abdullah, M.S., CCC-SLP