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 [...]
About Mirla G. RazI 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.
Chain of Thought: developed by Jay and Julie Bacal It has been a while since I have reviewed an app. Yes, there has been a lot going on but that is not an excuse. I think the primary reason is lack of motivation. Then I opened this app that had been sitting on my iPad [...]
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. Click here for the full article. The formative preschool years, when a child's speech and language skills progress by leaps and bounds, is also [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I am hoping to have the Preschool Stuttering: What Parent's Can Do ebook uploaded next week. I am hoping to make it available in all English speaking countries. It will be available at Amazon. Stay tuned for more information.