Communication Exploration

The 5-Minute Answer: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act and How Does it Impact You?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 American adults have a disability? According to the CDC, that includes over 61 million people. Specifically in Virginia, 23.6% of adults are living with a disability. The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act,…
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How to Not Fry Your Voice as a Teacher

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services At the end of the day, do you ever end up with a super hoarse voice that no amount of water can alleviate? You may be suffering from “teacher voice.” While that’s not a technical term, teachers are at a significantly…
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What is Stuttering?

By Marissa Siegel, owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services Do you know someone who stutters? Apart from the stereotypes we typically see and hear about, what is it really? Read on to find out more about stuttering and ways to support people who stutter. Here’s what stuttering is NOT: Stuttering…
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A Speech Therapist’s Top 5 Tips for Successful Teletherapy

By Marissa Siegel, owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services Nowadays, everything and everyone seems to have gone online. Professionals such as speech-language pathologists, doctors, and physical therapists are starting to offer (or make more widely available) telehealth visits for both children and adults. Here are some things you can do…
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Having Fun at Home with Communication Part III: Friends and Family On-line!

Are you and your kids craving social connection? Awkward zoom playdates and tech troubles have become commonplace in our households as we strive to maintain connections with friends and family while social distancing. Maybe you’re a zoom call guru or a googlemeets master, or maybe you’re new to the whole video call scene. Either way,…
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Having Fun at Home With Communication – Part 2: In the Kitchen

By Marissa Siegel Do you have a burgeoning baker on your hands? Turn those interests into communication (and culinary!) discovery. Working on speech and language at home can help your child increase their own understanding and help them feel confident communicating their wants and needs. Cooking allows families to spend time together, developing hobbies and…
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Having Fun at Home with Communication, Part I: Pets!

Do you have a cat, a dog, or even a pet rock? There are so many enjoyable ways to encourage your child’s communication development at home. One of those ways is playing with pets! Pets provide not only entertainment and companionship, but also communication opportunities. Speech and language can be worked on during everyday activities…
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