Want, Need, Just GOT to Have: An Ounce of Prevention

My mom used to laugh about my teen-age way of requesting purchases outside the family budget. I approached it in stages. First was Mom, I want … She typically heard me, but the request was largely ignored until I ramped it up to the more strongly stated Stage Two: Mom, I need … By this […]

Plateau: Noun or Verb?

Plateau is one of those words that can serve as either a noun or a verb. The noun describes a flat, raised landmass found throughout the world, including spectacular vistas in the western USA. Visually pleasing, but I have no strong feeling one way or another about plateau as a noun outside the therapy arena. The trouble starts […]

An Ounce of Prevention…

When is the best time to seek the services of a speech-language pathologist (SLP)? I am asked this question frequently. The answer is fairly easy when communication or swallowing decline suddenly due to stroke or traumatic brain injury. The need is often very apparent; the patient and family highly motivated to improve. Acting when a decline in function is […]