Even though we all have accents, some people want to modify them. Luckily, your friendly, neighborhood speech-language pathologist is here to help!
A few years ago, I was listening to the radio on my commute. I used to live in California, so my commute to anywhere was very long. As I listened, a segment I realized that they must have been speaking directly to me. The segment titled “Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success” went on to summarize a recent study (then, in 2015). That story stuck with me, and when I thought about what article to study for this week’s Research Rumination, it came back to me.
Core boards are the perfect way to model language for students. They help teach pronouns, verbs, adjectives and can help with increasing mean length of utterance (MLU).
What role does voice play in our identity? Moreso, how does it play into our gender identities? Speech-language pathologists have the unique skill set to help trans folks work on a voice that best matches their needs. But what makes a voice traditionally “masculine” or “feminine?”
These strategies are helpful for anyone who uses their voice regularly at work or is currently working on voice training (trans folks, singers, individuals recovering from phonotrauma). I’ll attach them to the next blog post as well.
Take care of your voice!
I have a deep passion for Alzheimer’s research and understanding best practices for treating individuals with this disease. This, combined with my goal of bringing you informative posts in the Communication Contemplation blog, has resulted in this - Duncan Lake Speech Therapy’s first ever Research Rumination! Don’t worry - I’m going to break this down SparkNotes style.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been waffling on what topic to write my first blog post. I had lots of ideas (some forthcoming, don’t worry!). However, the other night, as we were getting ready for bed, I was talking to my husband about something speech-related. Somewhere in the conversation, I asked, “Do you know what I do…?”
He replied, “Yes, of course I do. You help kids speak better.”