Optimum Health Blog2019-09-17T09:19:29-04:00

How to Help Students who are Difficult to Understand

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Attention Parents and Educators! Ever had an experience in the classroom/home where a student is trying REALLY hard to tell you something, but you just can’t understand what they are saying? It can be a very frustrating experience for both adult and student. We refer to these moments as “communication breakdowns.” A communication breakdown is any time a person [...]

Christmas Gifts that Promote Fun AND Learning

By |November 30th, 2018|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Christmas Gift Buying Guide - Ages 1 to 5! The holiday season is quickly approaching. With all of the options out there, it can be challenging to choose gifts for children that are both fun and exciting while promoting learning and development. We have decided to take some of the difficulty out of the search! Here are toys [...]

Raising Skilled Readers

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Helping your child become the best reader they can be Back to school means a fresh start for many. A new class, new friends, new teacher and new skills come along with the Fall weather. For many children, one of these new skills is reading. There are many different levels of reading competence and numerous benefits that come from [...]

Summer Speech Therapy: 8 Reasons Why it’s the Ideal Time

By |May 24th, 2018|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

With the days getting longer and  warmer, summertime is just around the corner. When school is out, it can be tempting to view this time as an opportunity to take a break from everything. However, from a therapy perspective, we find summer Speech Therapy to be an ideal time to get the most out of sessions. With play based [...]

Speech Therapy for Adults

By |April 24th, 2018|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Traditionally when we think of speech therapy, we often think of a child learning to “talk”. However, the scope of a Speech and Language Pathologist is one that can extend far beyond children talking. The following is a brief overview of the different ways a Speech-Language Pathologist can help adults with a variety of challenges: Post-Stroke If you or [...]

Developing Problem Solving Skills in Children

By |November 28th, 2017|Categories: Emily Merritt, SLP|

Executive functions are the skills that allow us self-regulation, problem solving, attention, organization, and management of different aspects of our lives. These important skills begin to develop in childhood and continue to develop into adulthood. The following activities can be done in the home or school environment to allow school-age students to practice using different executive function skills in [...]

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