WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Turns Into STUTTERING MESS When Asked For 3 Reasons To Impeach Trump

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez truly is the gift that keeps giving to the Republican Party. During an interview with the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” on Sunday, the New York socialist turned into a stuttering mess when asked for three reasons why President Donald Trump should be impeached. Ocasio-Cortez began by claiming there are “so many” reasons to impeach Trump, and then it went downhill from there when Yahoo hosts Daniel Klaidman and Michael Isikoff pushed her for specifics. She then gave two ridiculous reasons, which included the “tax bill” and “census,” which are not impeachable offenses. Below is a partial transcript of her exchange: ISIKOFF: What would be your top three if you were drafting the articles of impeachment? OCASIO-CORTEZ: The top three? I think number one is emoluments. I think it’s always been emoluments. It’s always been about that for me. ISIKOFF: Two and three? OCASIO-CORTEZ: Two and three. I think two would be tax fraud. And number three, um. Man, number three. ISIKOFF: Interesting that you don’t mention Russia. OCASIO-CORTEZ: No, I don’t. Because I think that for a lot of aspects of the Russia investigation, as we saw with the Mueller report, I think there are a lot of parts of the Russia issue that some down to emoluments. Pay-for-play, financial transactions, Trump Tower. It comes down to money. And if we had gotten something from the Mueller report I would probably put that up there as number one, but I feel like it is a little risky to put all your eggs in that basket. And I think a lot of this stuff happens through backdoor bank accounts and stuff like that. So emoluments kind of includes any financial misconduct in relation to Russia. KLAIDMAN: Specifically on tax fraud, what do you have in mind? Is there something specific, like deflating assets, or the insurance issue. Those issues you brought up when you were questioning Michael Cohen? OCASIO-CORTEZ: Yeah, I agree, I think it comes to that. There is just so much, like the census, you know, I can’t even, the tax bill, like, what can, there is just so much! WATCH: @AOC is asked her top-3 reasons to impeach President Trump. Only one itsy-bitsy problem! Her little empty brain has a hard time thinking of any reasons. When she does come up with some reasons, she says the census and the tax bill are impeachable offenses?😱 pic.twitter.com/uHiJr2gqVV — 𝕄𝔸𝔾𝔸🇺🇸🅟🅐🅣🅡🅘🅞🅣🇺🇸𝕊𝕋𝔼𝕍𝔼™️ (@RealMAGASteve) April 16, 2019 As evidenced in the video, she couldn’t list a single valid reason why Trump should be impeached from office. And she struggled mightily to deliver a coherent sentence. The GOP tax cuts — which resulted in over 80 percent of Americans saving money in 2018 — were passed in Congress. There’s literally nothing illegal about lawmakers voting on a measure and it passing in Congress. Her second idea of the “census” involves the Trump administration wanting to add a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census. By including the question on whether an immigrant is in America legally or illegally, federal immigration authorities will be able to have updated data on how many illegal immigrants  are in the U.S. This is currently being challenged in court, so it’s not illegal or impeachable — as Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed. All of her suggestions were silly, ridiculous, and deeply incompetent because she knows Democrats don’t have any evidence to impeach Trump.

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Trump Destroys ABC Reporter, Leaves Him Stuttering

President Donald Trump went toe to toe with an ABC reporter on Wednesday and it was vicious.

Speaking to reporters the president was confronted by ABC News reporter Jon Karl.

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Karl took off his reporter hat and became an advocate, advising the president to open part of the government to help workers.

“Do you think I should do that?” the president asked angrily.

“No, do you think I should do that, Jon?” he said again.

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“I watch your one-sided reporting — do you think I should do that?” he said.

Karl attempted to get out of it but the president continued to tear into him.

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“I’m saying that if you sign that, these workers can start getting paid,” the reporter said.

“So you would do it if you were in my position?” President Trump shot back.

“I’m not in your position,” Karl said under his breath.

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“If you would do that, you should never be in this position because you would never get anything done — goodbye everyone,” Trump said, landing the final blow.

Twitter loved it.

Trump just impeached Jonathan Karl

— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 9, 2019

Jon Karl asks Trump why he won’t sign bills to get fed workers paid during the shutdown.

Trump just attacks Karl: “Would you do that if you were in my position? Because if you would do that, you should never be in this position, because you’d never get anything done.” Via CBS pic.twitter.com/oZALkMEt8W

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 9, 2019

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Trump turns Jon Karl into “stuttering Jon”.
That’s gonna leave a mark. https://t.co/ORP2V0K2Hl

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Pelosi Stuttering, Stammers, Appears “on Something” as She Attacks GOP Tax Bill

During House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daily press briefing Thursday, a day before the Senate finally passed the GOP’s sweeping tax reform bill, she gave America more embarrassing evidence that it’s long past time she left the national stage.

Pelosi was clearly trying to portray some kind of moral outrage, but right from the onset, the 77-year-old congresswoman behaved like a senile senior fast approaching the onset of full-blown dementia.

First, she walked by a giant sign labeled “GOP tax sham” but, as she arrived at the podium, looked over her left shoulder in search of that very same sign.

Upon realizing that it was to her right, she pivoted and announced, “Here it is: the GOP tax scam.”

And here you are — the Democrat Party’s Achilles heel.

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Pelosi then began babbling her complaints about the tax bill, repeating and slurring her words like the iPhone’s Siri stuck in a loop.

Pelosi has embarrassed herself in public before, of course, but this time came off differently. The careful, but botched, enunciation gave the impression she was “on something.” She sounded like a driver who’s had a few too many trying to tell a cop exactly how he was just heading home.

Listen to a compilation of Pelosi’s stuttering and stammering pieced together by the folks over at The American Mirror:

“It will unravel the ACA,” she said, using liberal terminology for what normal Americans call “Obamacare.”

The Senate version of the tax reform would repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate.

“The sneaky ACA ref .. reform,” she then repeated. “Repeal … sneaky ACA repeal.”

Took you long enough to get that right, Nancy.

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“It’s a lethal attack on the middle class, on America’s jobs … on Americans’ jobs,” she later said.

Interestingly, a transcript of this briefing posted to Pelosi’s House website didn’t include most of her mistakes: “It’s a lethal attack on the middle class, on Americans’ jobs, good health, and education, on the children and seniors.”

How convenient.

Pelosi also slurred her speech when speaking about veterans, referring to them as “ever-veterans,” and spoke of congressional “bri-partisanship” in regard to her hopes Congress will pass legislation to protect illegal immigrant children.

When later criticizing President Donald Trump for his alleged refusal to hear her arguments in favor of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump rescinded earlier this fall,  Pelosi then said something astounding.

“How can you judge — judgement be respected if you don’t even know what you’re talking about?” she uttered.

Said the lady who enthusiastically voted in favor of Obamacare seven years ago despite admitting to not knowing what was inside the bill.

Nice try, though.

I’m not an ageist or whatnot, but I gotta wonder … does does an aging woman with so many glaring issues really need to be leading the Democrat Party?

I would typically argue “no,” though given the effect her leadership has had on the party, I’m tempted to yell, “Heck yes!”

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Did a Philly Starbucks barista mock a customer with a stutter?

A University of Pennsylvania graduate student says a Starbucks barista in West Philadelphia mocked him for his stuttering disorder last week — just 29 days after the company closed its nearly 800 U.S. stores for anti-bias training following the wrongful arrests of two black men at a Center City store.

The 28-year-old student, who is pursuing a doctorate at the Wharton School, said he was shocked when he ordered an iced coffee at a Starbucks in University City, only to have the barista mimic his name by saying: “OK, S-S-Sam.”

It was even more disturbing when he realized while walking back to his office that the barista had typed his name on the cup as “SSSam.”

“It’s rare, as an adult, that that kind of disrespect happens,” said Sam, who asked that his last name not be published because he feared being continually linked to the alleged bias. “It happens, but it’s really rare to see it in print.”

“Stuttering is an affliction that harms people every day,” said Sam, who has had a stutter since age 6. “But I’m not the right person to be the face of that fight.”

Starbucks regional vice president Camille Hymes reached out to Sam to learn more about what happened and to personally apologize, according to Reggie Borges, a Starbucks spokesman.

“We are taking this incident seriously, and we have begun a full investigation,” Borges said. “We need to have a zero tolerance policy for any kind of discrimination. We don’t  feel like this [discrimination] is reflective of our values or of our mission. We want everyone who comes to our stores to feel valued and to have a positive experience.”

Sam confirmed that Hymes called him around 3 p.m. Monday.  “As someone who studies these kind of things [corporate decisions and operations], I believe she was sincere in her apology.”

At the time of the incident, which occurred just before 3 p.m. last Wednesday at the store at 3401 Walnut St., Sam was not so much angry as shocked, he said.

“It felt rude,” he said.

Initially, Sam reported the incident to Starbucks customer service via email and received a reply apologizing if he felt disrespected and offering him a $5 Starbucks credit.

“I thought it was kind of insulting,” he said. “I also thought they didn’t take my issue seriously. It was as if they give $5 to anyone who complains about anything.  I sort of got a generic email, and I didn’t feel like I was heard.”

Borges said Starbucks had learned a lot since it closed its stores for the afternoon of May 29 for employee anti-bias training following the April 12 arrests of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, who were racially profiled while waiting to meet a third man in the store for a business meeting.

Starbucks later declined to pursue trespassing charges against the men, who were both 23 years old.  A video showing them being handcuffed and led out by police went viral and sparked protests and calls for boycotts all over the country.

Sam usually goes to the Starbucks at 3901 Walnut, where he has always been treated with respect and courtesy, he said.  He doesn’t plan to let what happened at the 34th and Walnut store affect his plans to buy coffee at the store at 39th and Walnut.

“I don’t want to generalize one person’s behavior,” Sam said.  “I’m not going to impugn an entire organization because of one person.”

Heather Grossman, the director of the American Institute for Stuttering, an organization that provides speech therapy and counseling, said incidents like the one Sam described occur more often than most people realize.

“People are often very, very insensitive,” Grossman said. “They don’t realize that [stuttering] truly qualifies as a disability. They think it’s a behavior.” Or they treat it as if it’s a temporary condition.

Stuttering is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, she said.

“But, unfortunately, there is still much blatant discrimination (including job discrimination) and way too many stories of people being mocked, dismissed, or imitated,” Grossman later wrote in an email. Stuttering often is noticed in children between the ages of 2 and 6 when they are learning to form sentences.

Sam said he received speech therapy at the American Institute for Stuttering when he was a teenager.

Grossman said the mocking behavior Sam experienced tended to make people who stutter feel that their stuttering is something they should hide.

“And in the act of trying to hide their stutter, it causes a physical tension and avoidant behavior” that makes the stuttering only worse, she said.

“People don’t realize that underneath in that person’s soul is a lot of pain,” Grossman said.

Sometimes people may give a different name when they encounter a server again in the hopes that perhaps they won’t stutter, she said. Or they may pick a simpler drink to avoid pronouncing a difficult word, such as cappuccino or macchiato.

Tan Lekwijit, a fellow doctoral student at the Wharton School, first posted an account of the incident on Starbucks’ Facebook page about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The time stamp on the photo of the cup showed the order was made at 2:53 p.m.

“My friend Sam who is a stutterer stuttered on his name when ordering a coffee at Starbucks. The barista said, “Okay, S-s-s-sam”. When he received his coffee, he was shocked to see that his name on the cup was written as “SSSAM”, which was disrespectful.

“I am writing this not because I want to get anybody into trouble, but because I want to raise awareness among the employees. There are many people with speech disorders who are in a worse position than my friend’s and struggle with self-esteem and self-confidence. Getting this kind of treatment from people, especially service employees, only scars them— and I beg Starbucks employees to have this in mind.”

Called about the posting, Lekwijit, 26, said: “I was angry and I feel like no stutterer should be treated this way. Not just my friend, but for other people with speech disorders.

“I don’t’ know if the [bias] training they just had covered people with speech disabilities, but it should,” Lekwijit said.

He also claimed his first Facebook post was deleted by Starbucks Sunday night about 9 p.m.  So he reposted it again on his own Facebook timeline later Sunday night.

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WATCH: Pelosi Turns Into Stuttering, Stammering Mess Over Release Of GOP Memo

Nancy Pelosi is, in a word, a mess.

We’ve catalogued the House Democratic leader’s repeated missteps and endless verbal blunders, which are now simply too numerous to list. But as she does, Pelosi has outdone herself once again.

Like most Democrats, Pelosi is freaked out by the House vote on Monday to release a four-page memo that outlines allegations that former president Barack Obama’s Justice Department and his hand-picked minions at the FBI abused a surveillance program in order to spy on President-elect Donald Trump.

On Monday, she got into a heated argument with Chris Cuomo, an anchor at Dem-friendly CNN. When asked about the memo, she called the document a “total misrepresentation” and said it should be reviewed by intelligence officials before it is made public (which the House on Monday voted to do).

At one point, Cuomo asked Pelosi why FBI Director Christopher Wray has not objected to the release of the document. Pelosi lost it. “Let me just say this with all due respect, you really don’t know what you’re talking about right now,” she spat at Cuomo, then proceeded to stammer and stutter her weak reasons why the memo should not be released.

That’s been the strategy of top Democrats throughout: Argue that the memo, produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and his staff, cannot be understood if viewed without the massive supporting documentation.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) last week said Congress cannot release the memo because the American public won’t be able to understand it.

“Well, because the American people, unfortunately, don’t have the underlying materials and therefore they can’t see how distorted and misleading this document is,” Schiff said over the weekend. “The Republicans are not saying ‘Make the underlying materials available to the public.'”

But the memo likely will go public soon. In an effort to distract, Pelosi said its contents are all part of a “cover-up.”

“I think [House Speaker Paul Ryan] has a major responsibility and what I call a cover up of what they are doing, it’s really very sad,” Pelosi said in the CNN interview. “But again, it’s a cover up, it’s a distraction. What really we are trying to do right now is keep government open. They have a problem with that because they are ineffective.”

And as she politicized the GOP effort to get to the bottom of the matter, she said, “This is not to be politicized. … It’s not about making up a false memo.”

Democrats also argue that it would be unprecedented for Trump to release the memo, which contains classified information (which would first be declassified and redacted, no doubt). Said columnist Ann Coulter:

MSM claim declassifying memo w/ [alleged] national security info is UNPREDECENTED! 3 months after taking office, Obama declassified TOP SECRET interrogation memos, revealing tricks to terrorists & putting US officials at risk. https://t.co/XHW8IdDQDu

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 30, 2018

In 2009, Obama’s release of “exhaustive details about interrogation methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency could lead to a flood of new disclosures about secret Bush administration operations against Al Qaeda,” The New York Times reported.

Republicans, meanwhile, say the American people can make up their own minds. They argue that the memo details clear evidence of an anti-Trump bias both at the Justice Department and within Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s supposed interference in the 2016 election.

If you can stomach nine minutes of Pelosi stammering and stuttering as she tries to explain away the contents of the memo, you can watch the clip below.

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Club Brugge 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Colchoneros Stutter in Belgium | SI.com

Atletico Madrid rounded off their Champions League group stage campaign with a goalless draw against Club Brugge on Tuesday evening.

As Borussia Dortmund won their match against Monaco, Atletico have to settle for second place in Group A behind the Bundesliga outfit. 

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The first half ticked by with very little to shout about for either side. Thomas Partey and Antoine Griezmann had the most notable chances of the opening 45 minutes, but they both saw their shots saved by Brugge’s American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

Atletico were just as uninspiring in the second half and they very nearly fell behind with 15 minutes left on the clock. Jan Oblak was forced into action for the first time on the night, producing a stunning close range save to deny Luan Peres.

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Both sets of forwards tried in vein to find a breakthrough, but the points ended up being shared on what proved to a very disappointing night for Atletico.

Check out the breakdown of the evening’s events below.

After last season’s embarrassing early exit in the Champions League, it was absolutely imperative that Atletico reached the knockout stages this time around and, luckily enough, they had already done so prior to this game.

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The fact that they had already secured their spot in the last 16 ended up hurting them more than anything. There was a clear lack of invention in the final third and on too many occasions they were outfought by a resolute Brugge side who had nothing to lose.

After Borussia Dortmund won their match in Monaco, Atletico had to settle for second place in Group A, which will be tough to take for Diego Simeone. This result may come back to haunt them when the draw for the knockout rounds takes place.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Oblak (6); Arias (6), Godin (6), Montero (5), Saul (6); Koke (6), Thomas (5), Rodrigo (6), Lemar (4); Gelson (4), Griezmann (6).

Substitutes: Vitolo (5), Correa (6), Kalinic (5).

Star Man – Jan Oblak

No one stood out from an Atletico perspective, but Oblak deserves a special mention for producing the best moment of the match with a remarkable save towards the end of the game.

The Slovenian keeper had very little to do all evening, so to produce a save of that quality out of seemingly nowhere is testament to his ability. It’s a shame that it ended up counting for little in the grand scheme of things, but it at least helped him to preserve a clean sheet.

Jan Oblak. What an insane save. Sublime

— Gianni Verschueren (@ReverschPass)

Oblak is truly fantastic. That was a certain goal for Brugges and he’s pulled out a miraculous save.

Makes himself so big, which makes it so difficult for strikers. He amazes us game after game.

— EiF (@EiFSoccer)

JAN OBLAK IS THE SINGLE GREATEST KEEPER ON EARTH

— AtléticoFans (@AtleticoFans)

Worst Player – Gelson Martins

Martins was given the nod to start up top with Griezmann and, unfortunately enough for the Portuguese, he had little to no effect on the game.

In fairness he was provided with very little support at the top end of the pitch, but on the rare occasion he did find himself in a threatening position, he wasn’t able to fashion anything of note.

Looking Ahead

With qualification to the knockout rounds of the Champions League secured, Atletico can concentrate on their domestic campaign until February. Their next match is a La Liga tie against Real Valladolid on Saturday.

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Speech Therapy for Adults

Adults may require a Speech-Language Therapist’s (SLT’s) services for a number of reasons. Certain injuries and medical conditions create communication disorders, which may hamper a person’s self esteem and be very hard to surmount alone. No matter what your age is, we are trained to help rebuild the mental and physical components of language after injury, as well as to provide caring support as you progress through the challenges of rehabilitation. Several areas of difficulty will more commonly be underlying reasons justifying speech therapy for adults – these are briefly reviewed below.

Support for Medical Conditions

Speech-language therapy may be required for medical conditions which affect the physical components of communication, or for those which have mental symptoms. Examples of illnesses which affect a person’s physical ability to produce words include laryngeal cancer and Huntington’s Disease. Dementia and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) are examples of issues affecting the cognitive processes involved with speech. Treatment may involve assistance with swallowing, oral muscle tone, speech clarity or training to improve a client’s mental processing and ability to utilise language.

Treatment After Accidents

If accidents or injuries occur that traumatise the brain in any way, it can affect a person’s speech clarity or their ability to find and utilise language. The good news is, the brain is very capable of recovering from traumatic injury when properly stimulated and trained. We encourage you to consider speech-language therapy if you require rehabilitation from:

Stroke.

Traumatic brain injury.

Any other damage to the right hemisphere of the brain.

A SLT may also assist with treatment after accidents where AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) is required, and speech for people with tracheostomies or ventilators.

Assistance with Speech Clarity

Speech-related issues may perhaps be the most well-known component of speech therapy for adults. Disorders that often require therapy include apraxia (difficulties with speech sound production), aphasia (trouble with word-finding), stuttering or lisps. Voice and accent modification can be considered an elective service, but if help is desired, we at Vocalsaints are trained to assist with these too.

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Tablet computers can be of use in speech therapy for kids

Public Release: 

Tablet computers can be of use in speech therapy for kids

A paper appeared in Behaviour and Information Technology

Thus, computer games have been established to be a potential benefit for speech therapy and for children’s motivation and satisfaction from classes. Moreover, games can be used both in hospitals and in outpatient activities.

One of the co-authors is Kazan Federal Unviersity invited professor Andreja Istenič Starčič. She commented, “It’s a continuation of our multi-year work some results of which have already been published. Just last year, we compared tablet-based and traditional math programs. We found out that kids can become more involved in gamified tasks on tablets than in traditional textbook tasks.

“Gadgets can be really helpful, and not merely entertainment devices. In speech therapy, more and more practical activities have been based on computer games lately. Kids can solve crosswords and puzzles, pronounce words that are difficult for them.”

However, there are also many reservations about computers in everyday learning. In this new paper, the researchers involved 44 children aged 3 to 12 who manifested speech problems. The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia and European Social Fund.

“The questionnaire results showed that tablets have a positive influence on social learning among children. We noted that the accents in therapy also shifted – whereas traditional therapy leans on instruction, this time the practitioners actively involved children and tried to motivate them,” concluded Dr. Starčič.

Thus, computer games have been established to be a potential benefit for speech therapy and for children’s motivation and satisfaction from classes. Moreover, games can be used both in hospitals and in outpatient activities.

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Online Speech Therapy for Kids: Does it really work?

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Speech therapy. I had avoided it for a while. I hoped that my child would grow out of his struggles with pronunciation.

But by his sixth birthday, it was obvious that he’d need a little extra help with his /r/, /l/, /s/ and /th/ sounds.

We discussed my concerns with our doctor and she recommended speech therapy. She gave us a list of options in our area and I started calling around.

The problem?

Everywhere I called there was a six-month waiting list — or longer!

Frustrated, I started researching alternatives to traditional speech therapy.

That’s when I stumbled upon Great Speech, an online speech therapy service provided virtually through safe and secure video conferencing technology.

Intrigued, I set up a free consultation to learn more.

I spoke with the founder and clinical director of Great Speech, Avivit Ben-Aharon. Avivit is so kind and really took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all of my questions.

We decided to move forward with an evaluation and enroll my son in online speech therapy.

I’ll be honest, the first couple of times he met with his speech therapist, he was less than thrilled to have his playtime interrupted for “speech class” (as he calls it). I was so nervous that this wasn’t going to work.

BUT… His speech therapist is amazing (Shout out to Ms. Brooke!) and she quickly built a strong rapport with him. She learned about his love of animals and now almost all of his speech therapy sessions are centered around animals and endangered species.

 He looks forward to his sessions every single week and has SO much fun.

I’m so impressed with how patient she is and how quickly she gained his trust. I wasn’t sure if he could build a bond with someone he only knew from video sessions, but he definitely has!

Does online speech therapy really work?

How effective is online speech therapy?

Telemedicine and Telehealth are becoming increasingly popular, and studies have shown that online speech therapy is just as effective as traditional, face-to-face therapy.

However, I was still skeptical.

But, in just a few months, my child has mastered his /l/ sound and is moving on to the /s/ sound! We’re thrilled with his progress and can really tell a difference in his articulation, too.

7 Benefits of Online Speech Therapy with GreatSpeech.com

1 – You don’t have to travel to an office

We live in a rural part of North Carolina. Virtually everything is a 30-45 minute drive for us. If we committed to in-person speech therapy, we’d be spending a minimum of 1-1.5 hours in the car per week traveling back and forth.

Online speech therapy with Great Speech saves us tons of money on gas and saves us the headache of getting stuck in traffic and spending tons of time in the car.

2 – Minimal distractions

At a traditional speech therapy center, there are so many distractions. There are people coming in and out, doors opening and closing, babies crying…the list goes on and on.
This can be especially difficult for a child who has a short attention span or who feels anxious in new environments.

With virtual speech therapy, kids are in their home — where they’re the most comfortable and can learn more easily.

3 – It’s easier when juggling multiple kids

As a mom of three, having to haul all three kids to a therapy office would be a huge ordeal. Not only is getting three kids dressed and in the car a huge undertaking, but I’d also then have to keep the other two entertained and occupied while we wait for their brother to have his appointment.

With Great Speech, I don’t have to disrupt my toddler’s naptime routine. My older child can be upstairs doing her homework while her brother is doing online speech therapy.

(And I can be in the next room cooking dinner! Win!)

4 – Better time flexibility

With traditional speech therapy, there’s often a waiting list and you generally have to take an appointment whenever you can get it…and usually during normal business hours.

One huge benefit of virtual speech therapy with Great Speech is that you can start right away AND you have the option of making appointments in the evening or on the weekends.

5 – You can do speech therapy anywhere

If you’re a family who travels frequently, online speech therapy with Great Speech is an amazing solution. Your kiddo will be able to do speech therapy anywhere there’s an internet connection and a webcam! (Grandparents house, hotel, etc.)

My kiddo spends a lot of time at my mom and dad’s, so it’s wonderful we don’t have to schedule his trips around his speech schedule. He just hops on my dad’s laptop to have his session from their house.

6 – It’s safe and effective

Great Speech uses Zoom, which is a safe and secure video-conferencing platform. No fancy equipment is needed, just an internet connection and a computer with any simple webcam, audio speakers, and microphone.

Great Speech is HIPPA compliant and keeps all personally identifiable information secure and encrypted environment.

7. It’s affordable

Our insurance doesn’t cover speech therapy and many people have insurance with a crazy-high deductible. The cost of online speech therapy is more affordable for us than paying out of pocket for an in-person speech therapist.

(Plus we’re saving money on gas since we don’t have to travel back and forth!)

If your child is struggling with articulation, stuttering, or other speech-related concerns, click here to set up a free consultation with Great Speech!

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Little Blue Truck…Books in Speech Therapy for Toddlers : myei2.com: Early Intervention Education & Ideas

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Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize of teachmetotalk.com as she demonstrates effective strategies for using books in speech therapy for toddlers with speech-language delays.

If you’ve picked up any parenting book or studied anything related to educating children for at least 5 minutes, you know that you should be reading to a young child pretty much from the time he exits the womb…

That’s fantastic advice for all parents and books are certainly a wonderful choice for speech-language pathologists who work with young children.

There’s no wrong way or right way to go about reading to a young child who is meeting all of her developmental milestones. You read. She listens. She understands. She talks. End of story. That’s typical development.

BUT using a few special strategies with toddlers with speech-language, cognitive, and other developmental delays can make books exponentially better teaching tools!

By changing HOW we read to a toddler who is having difficulty learning to understand and use words, we can help him link meaning to words and eventually begin to use those words to talk.

I’ve also had incredible success using books to teach young children to play with toys. Most toddlers, even some who aren’t yet talking, have no difficulty learning to play. However, many of our little friends with developmental delays don’t instinctively understand what to do with toys until we teach them. Young children who are on the autism spectrum or who are at risk for autism really struggle with developing and expanding their play skills. They may prefer to line up or spin a toy or hoard a group of toys rather than play. Toddlers with cognitive delays may chew, throw, or ignore a toy, much like a younger baby would, rather than play purposefully.

I hope you notice a predominant strategy is REPETITION! Toddlers need to hear things over and over and over in order to learn how to understand and then say a new word! I’ll include the other “themes” and special techniques in a follow up post…
Read more here:http://teachmetotalk.com/2014/12/16/using-books-teach-toddlers-language-play-video-teachmetotalk-com/

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