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Phonological Delay Therapy

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.

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.

Brain Fitness

Few days ago I had the pleasure of presenting a seminar on Brain Fitness to a group of LPs and OTs, Clients, and Caregivers. I thought of sharing a my lecture notes in our blog.

The seminar main points can be summarize as following:

What is Brain Fitness?

  • Brain fitness is the capacity of a person to meet the various cognitive demands of daily life.
  • The ability to assimilate information, connect relationships, and develop reasonable conclusions and plans.
  • Having a fit brain means that you possess the thinking and feeling abilities required to work productively, sustain meaningful personal relationships, and achieve your goals in life.
  • Just as a professional athlete sets various physical fitness goals, everyone gets to set their own brain fitness performance goals that can change over time at each stage in our lives.

Why is Brain Fitness Important?

  • Brain fitness is as important as physical fitness. Just as you can exercise your arms, legs, and abdominal muscles; you can also exercises your memory, attention, problem solving and other memory tasks. As with physical exercise, exercising your brain can help your improve your overall performance and to feel your best!
  • Studies have shown that “early detection” of cognitive (memory) impairment is a preventative method that can reduce an individual’s risk or rate of cognitive decline and/or dementia.

What is Brain Training?

  • The structured and efficient use of mental exercises designed to build targeted brain-based networks and capacities.
  • Goal is to improve specific brain functions, similar to physical conditioning training.
  • “neurons that fire together wire together” – repeatedly stimulating/training a specific network of neurons results in new and strengthened connections in this network.

Our principal SLP Ms.Yasminah Abdullah can be reached at

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy Program

At Total Speech Therapy we provide high-quality evaluations and therapy for children with speech- language disorders, delays and disabilities. Family members and/or caregivers play a key role in our individual client-based approach, and are involved every step of the way. Our speech-language pathologists work collaboratively with family, physicians and related professionals, to ensure that the child gets the state-of-the-art services and support they need to succeed. Our therapists have advanced training and experience working with diagnoses including.

  • Phonological Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Craniofacial abnormalities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Genetic Syndromes Articulation and Motor Speech Disorders Voice Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
  • Fluency/Stuttering Semantic and/or pragmatic Language Disorders
  • Sensory Integration Disorders Feeding or Swallowing Problems

Please contact us to learn more about the Pediatric Speed-Language Therapy Program. Referrals for speech therapy outpatient services may be made by physicians, community agencies, insurance companies, healthcare professionals. family members, or caregivers.