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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.— EiF (@EiFSoccer)
Makes himself so big, which makes it so difficult for strikers. He amazes us game after game.
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.
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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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:
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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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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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.
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!)
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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/
Audio/speech therapy (adults)
Adults with hearing loss who have improved their communication skills report additional benefits that include improved relationships with families and co-workers; better self-esteem; improved mental health, and greater independence and security.
The goal of an auditory-therapy program is for a hard or hearing or deaf adult to make the best use of whatever hearing they have, also known as their residual hearing. This individualized program may be recommended if:
- Your audiologist has told you that your word recognition skills are poorer than would be expected based on your audiogram.
- You have essentially good listening skills in quiet settings, but experience inordinate difficulty comprehending speech from a distance or in the presence of background noise.
- You are experiencing difficulty adjusting to the use of a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
Audio therapy helps the person with hearing loss to practice listening and repeating sentences, which are read aloud, without looking at the speaker. The speech-language pathologist, following an evaluation, makes treatment recommendations based on an individual’s specific needs. The ultimate goal is to maximize communication competence for everyday communication.
Speech and language evaluation/therapy
Individual speech and/or language therapy may be needed by those individuals who were born with a hearing loss or who have experienced long-standing early onset hearing loss. The focus of this program is to improve an individual’s oral language skills and may include:
- Vocabulary development and usage
- Voice production
- Articulation improvement.
English-as-a-second-language (ESL) therapy
ESL therapy uses a one-on-one approach incorporating vocabulary and grammar, with the goal that the individual produces English language sounds accurately enough to be understandable to others. ESL (English as a Second Language) therapy helps people with hearing loss build fundamental vocabulary, listening and speaking skills in English
CHC has one of the only programs in the United States that offer English as a Second Language (ESL) to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Center has provided ESL service to people who speak Russian, Chinese, and numerous other foreign languages.
ESL is offered to adults who have functional spoken language skills in their native language but minimal proficiency in English. People with hearing loss who experience significant difficulty hearing clearly and understanding in large classroom settings, at a distance from speakers, in groups and where there is interference of background noise have extreme difficulty in cannot benefit and learn in typical adult education settings. The program at CHC is offered individually or in small groups where there is the opportunity for slow presentation and repetition of language. An eclectic approach is used, and the program is designed with an individual’s specific needs or vocational goals in mind.
I’m no expert in speech therapy, but because of the work we do here at the Orange Effect Foundation, I often get asked a lot of questions that I honestly don’t know the answer to! So I took some of the top questions and posed them to the real experts… speech therapists! Their insight is so valuable and I can’t thank them enough for their time to help out!
Today’s question is how can you do speech therapy with a toddler who is delayed???
I get this question all the time! And LOVE to answer it. First, it is important to know that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) do not only address “speech” or pronunciation. We talk about “speech” as being how we say sounds and words (articulation, voice, fluency) and “language” as the words we use to share thoughts and ideas and get what we need (auditory comprehension and expressive communication). We are truly communication specialists. A toddler may show red flags for a developmental delay in the area of communication, and SLPs are trained to facilitate and enhance their learning of communication skills. Children naturally learn through play. Using a toddler’s natural environment, we can set up structured situations that lead to productions of the goals we are trying to address, whether it is speech or language. At the same time, having the parent involved in the therapy is critical. By educating the parent and providing them with information and resources to improve their child’s communication skills, we are empowering that parent to continue “speech therapy” throughout the day and week until their next appointment. By doing the natural things we do with toddlers; talking to them, playing simple games, reading books, we are encouraging and enhancing their speech and language abilities.
-Sarah Baker, MS CCC-SLP, owner and clinical director of Baker Speech Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Use of child directed play based therapy is the key with a toddler, paired intensively with parent teaching within the session. The parent being in the session and learning from the therapy process is critical as it lays the foundation for the future of the child’s growth and development. My core technique of choice is Floortime/DIR (Stanley Greenspan, MD, Developmental Individual differences Relationship based model of therapy).
-Mary Padula, MA, CCC/SLP, TLP-C/BC-C, Neurodevelopment Program Consultant for Person Centered Therapies, Inc. in Stow, Ohio and author of Navigating the Therapy World.
For a toddler that has a language delay, I use play based therapy and Hanen Language Principles to teach parents how to model language and work with their child. The Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) runs two parent toddler groups to help toddlers who are delayed with their language (not talking yet or don’t have enough words for their age). For example, in the parent toddler groups we “allow the children to lead,” letting them pick toys they want to play with. By doing this, children are more motivated to talk and do what we ask them to do. While they play, we provide simple language models and use target vocabulary to help the children. It is also important to get down on the child’s level and stay face to face with him/her, so he/she can watch your mouth.
–Lauren Masuga, M.A. CCC-SLP Senior Speech-Language Pathologist for The Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
SO, the answer is YES!!! The experts have spoken and even shared a few skills and strategies. As we know from research such as conducted by Autism Speaks, early intervention is effective. If you or someone you know isn’t sure if their child needs speech therapy maybe this post will help!
More to come from our speech experts in upcoming posts!
Did you understand that President’s Day is federal holiday and is celebrated on the third Monday of February? Do you know why it’s constantly commemorated on a Monday?
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was the first President to have a beard?
Did you know that George Washington had incorrect teeth and lost all of his teeth by the age of 57?
Did you know that John Adams was the very first President to reside in the White House?
In honor of President’s Day, numerous school aged-children in America find out about our nations present and previous Presidents and some history surrounding the development and evolution of this honorable office.
As a hobby, I take pleasure in developing interactive products to use with clients or with my kids. I recently made a President’s Day Packet. Click here to view my President’s Day Language Package This package was created to help kids
, in Kindergarten to 5 th grade, find out about President’s Day in an enjoyable and interactive method while targeting different language objectives while utilizing thematic knowing– President’s Day! The activities and video game in this packet are not uninteresting
or passive learning experiences. They were purposefully created to motivate thoughtful, active involvement. As you’ll see the activities are divided into 3 separate classifications– Pre-Game, Video Game Day, and Post-Game. Taking part in these activities will encourage the learner to trigger anticipation and to make connections to what they know and what they are learning, practice listening and responding to questions, properly take turns, and use executive working skills to problem solve and critically believe(“What Would a President Do?”). I hope you enjoy this product! Do not hesitate to publish your child’s completed work to my Face Book page– Scanlon Speech Therapy. Here are some more activities you might like: Join My Email List to Get My Free Early Literacy Kit< input class ="input-text" type="text"name ="fields_fname"placeholder="First Call">