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What is “self-talk”?

In Speech-Language Pathology, “self-talk” is a technique to promote your child’s speech and language development.  To use “self-talk” at home, narrate what your child is seeing, hearing, touching, or doing out loud.  Speak to your child’s level (keep it simple!), and don’t expect your child to reply.  For example, as your child is making and eating breakfast “pour milk” or “mmmm, eating cereal”.  If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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“OWL” in for Language!

Use the acronym “O.W.L” (from the Hanen Centre) to let your child lead in communication interactions. First, Observe: Notice what your child is looking at or what he/she is interested in.  Next, Wait: Give your child some space to start an interaction or respond to you.  Lean forward and look expectantly!  Last, Listen: Pay close attention to all words and sounds.  OWL to open up opportunities for communication! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Why why why?! The Importance of Questions

Why do speech-language pathologists care about questions?  Did you know that children develop their grasp on asking and answering question words in a pretty predictable order? Usually, “what” comes first, followed by “who” and “where”.  “When” is a tougher question word, and “why” is the toughest of all.  Mastering question words lays important language groundwork! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Did you know that “language” is different from “speech”?

If you or your child visit a speech-language pathologist, the differences between receiving “speech” therapy or “language” therapy can get confusing.  Speech is a verbal way of communicating, and depends on how we make sounds in patterns that are understood by those around us.  Language is made up of a socially shared code of rules that include how words go together grammatically, what words mean, how to make new words (pre+test=pretest), and how to use communication socially. If you want to learn more or inquire about our speech and language therapy services, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Reach us by email at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or by phone at (425)-748-7000

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It is important for everyone to have a voice

For communicators who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication, speech output is typically either prerecorded or fed through a voice synthesizer that sometimes sounds generic.  However, pioneers at “VocaliD” are using speech science technology and the power of crowdsourcing to help shape vocal identities and evolve digital voices.  Want to donate the qualities of your voice to the “Voicebank”? All you need is a computer with internet connection and a built in microphone, then head on over to www.vocalid.co/voicebank . Want to learn more? Contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Reach us by email at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or by phone at (425)-748-7000.

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