Literacy is not just the ability to read for pleasure. The ability to make appropriate healthcare decisions is dependent on one's literacy. If you have concerns about literacy, please call us at 239-631-1988 (speech therapy in Naples, Florida)
Literacy Starts early! Please review these milestones to ensure your child is positioned for success. Please call us at 239-631-1988 for speech therapy in Naples, Florida should you have any concerns.
Many families have not reunited for a holiday since pre-pandemic 2019, and in these two years seniors have faced multiple barriers to cognitive health, including social isolation. Interacting with an older family member after an extended length of time can sometimes be a surprising experience. However, is critical to realize that there are normal cognitive changes associated with aging. Research shows that cognitive ability peaks at about age 30, (wow!), and then slowly declines.
Examples of normal cognitive changes related to aging are:
• Losing items occasionally, but often finding them shortly thereafter (for example, losing your glasses but then retracing your steps and finding them)
• Occasionally forgetting names of new people or new places (for example, forgetting the name of a new restaurant that opened in town)
• Difficulty multi-tasking (for example, difficulty carrying on complex conversation while driving)
• Slower problem solving abilities (for example, taking longer to complete bills)
While some changes in cognition are normal as one ages, there are many abnormal cognitive changes, some of which are described below:
• Consistently misplacing items, often in unusual places (for example, placing pens in the refrigerator)
• Forgetting the names of close friends or relatives (for example, unable to recall brother’s name)
• Difficulty concentrating on one task (for example, difficulty sustaining attention to making the bed)
• Frequent poor judgment (for example, wandering away from the home and crossing a busy road during rush hour)
If any changes in cognitive status are noted, it is best to discuss these first with a physician, as there are many medical causes of cognitive changes, and some are reversible. A detailed cognitive assessment by a speech-language pathologist or neuropsychologist should be recommended to explore changes in cognition.
At Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC in Naples, Florida we offer comprehensive cognitive communication evaluations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 239-631-1988.
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Knowing when to seek the help of a speech-language pathologist (SLP) can often mean the difference between fulfilling or frustrating educational and social experiences in life for a child.
Alerting an adult in an emergency, decreasing the stigmatization of bullying, expressing emotions, and pain, feelings of thirst/hunger are critical skills for a child.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s speech or language abilities, please call us at our Naples office 239-631-1988
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We are proud to announce that Christina Freise is officially a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS)!
This additional course of specialization allowed Ms. Freise to study comprehensive assessment options, neurodevelopmental pathways, behavior, communication, social skills, sensory processing, environmental adaptations, motor skills and pharmacological interventions for ASD.
At Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC, we are committed to providing the highest quality, evidenced-based practice to serve the residents of SWFL.
Generally, by 3 years of age, a child should be understood by an unfamiliar adult about 75% of the time.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech intelligibility, do not hesitate to contact an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist for a comprehensive speech evaluation in Naples, Florida.
Phonological processes are patterns of errors utilized by young children during speech production. Many of these patterns are common and typical. However, if they persist beyond a certain age, they are atypical and compromise speech intelligibility. Please see the following regarding a process called fronting. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s speech and language skills, please contact us!
Many children do not live in homes with children’s books. (61 percent of children in low-income families in the US do not have any children’s books in their homes).
A love of reading can be facilitated in many ways by a caring adult. Please be that adult!
Christina Freise Pollitt is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Naples, Florida. She evaluates and treats pediatric and adult clients in her private practice, Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC.