About Mirla G. Raz

I am an Arizona licensed speech pathologist and am certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I have been in private practice for over 30 years working extensively with children who have speech and language problems. I received my Master’s degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. After graduation, I decided that I need sun and warmth and so headed south to work for the Volusia County Schools in Daytona Beach Florida. The next year I moved to California where I was offered a job working for the Los Angeles Unified School District in the severe oral language handicapped program. My next move was to UCLA where I worked in the department of Clinical Linguistics at the Neuropsychiatric Institute. In 1981, I moved to Arizona where I went into private practice. It gives me tremendous satisfaction to know that I have helped hundreds of children gain normal speech and language skills.

Consultation for Parents


Are you concerned that your child has not yet started using real words or has not begun putting words together such as “more milk?” Do strangers have a hard time understanding your two or three year old? Does it seem like other children your child’s age speak better than he does? Does your young child [...]

Consultation for Parents2017-12-10T19:35:30+00:00

Videos and Signing Are Included in This Vocabulary App


Vocabulary Builder 2 by BumbleBee Kids: This vocabulary app offers 23 words appropriate for the developmental ages 12 months to 3 years. The product description states that the app is appropriate for late talkers, children with autism or PDD and children with speech delays. I question its value with the last group, but more about [...]

Videos and Signing Are Included in This Vocabulary App2017-12-10T19:35:30+00:00

Stuttering During the Preschool Years Helping families understand this condition early on.


Advance for Speech and Hearing featured my article Stuttering During the Preschool Years Helping families understand this condition early on in their July 21, 2014 issue. I have pasted it below. The formative preschool years, when a child's speech and language skills progress by leaps and bounds, is also the time when the seeds of [...]

Stuttering During the Preschool Years Helping families understand this condition early on.2019-08-06T22:09:13+00:00

How a Speech Pathologist Became an Author


I began writing writing my first Help Me Talk Right book in 1990. I had just separated from my partner, and sister, with whom I had shared a private practice. She kept the practice and I moved on. At the time, I had two small children and decided to take some time off before opening [...]

How a Speech Pathologist Became an Author2015-12-26T05:19:25+00:00

App to Help With Speech Rate


Turtle Talk: by Aptus Speech & Language Therapy. I recently reviewed Keywords Understanding by this same developer. I am more impressed with Turtle Talk. This app is simple in nature but it does the job in a way I think children will respond to and enjoy. This app is designed to help children reduce their [...]

App to Help With Speech Rate2017-12-10T19:35:30+00:00

A Basic Following Directions App


Keywords Understanding This app, developed by Aptus Speech and Language Therapy, is essentially a following directions/auditory comprehension app.  One can work on simple one step instructions, such as "Which one is (color or size)?" or "Touch the (object)." One can increase the complexity by adding color + size to the task such as "Touch the [...]

A Basic Following Directions App2017-12-10T19:35:30+00:00

12 Things You Should Not Say to a Preschool Child Who May Be Stuttering


If you hear your preschooler start to stutter, don't panic. Most children will stop on their own. To help your child,  avoid saying the following: "Say it again."  "Say it like me" "Speak slower." "Slow down" "Think before you speak." "Think about how you are talking." "I'm not going to listen to you if you [...]

12 Things You Should Not Say to a Preschool Child Who May Be Stuttering2015-12-26T05:19:25+00:00

DrawMD is free and fascinating


DrawMD Speech Pathology: by Virtual Health, Inc. I received a request to review Draw MD and it did not take long for me to be impressed with it, especially its clear and realistic drawings. I rarely used medical drawings in my practice because, well, they were not at my fingertips. Now they are. I love [...]

DrawMD is free and fascinating2017-12-10T19:35:31+00:00

Getting Children to Converse–Absurdities


I have decided to deviate from strictly reviewing apps for speech and expand into therapy techniques I have accumulated over the years. In this post, I will be suggesting using absurdities to elicit conversation. I suppose one can make one's own pictures. But since I am not the creative, crafty or artistic type, I rely [...]

Getting Children to Converse–Absurdities2017-12-10T19:35:31+00:00

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