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Giving Back

Donations are essential in order for “The Shade Tree” to continue their mission. Clothing, toys and other item donations can be dropped off at 1 West Owens, North Las Vegas NV 89030 (11am-7pm, 7 days a week. Please follow the signs to the upper lot).

 

The following items are listed on Shade Tree’s website as items they may need:

 

* School uniforms (male & female, all sizes) – Khaki pants, navy blue shirts, white button down shirt/blouse
* Paint easels
* Paintboards
* Music – classical
* Medicine – Cold & Flu, Tylenol, Children’s Benadryl
* Bathroom towels

Providing you the means to achieve, We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on August 22, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Reading Hacks for Parents at Home

Of course reading aloud to an tiny baby is much different than reading to a tiny preschooler. With a baby, you probably won’t make it through to the end of the book. Your baby is going to want to hold the book, chew on it, lick the cover or even try turning pages.

 

-Make reading together a close cuddly time. Reading before bed may be the perfect time to hold your baby on your lap and cuddle together while you read.

-Don’t worry about reading a book start to finish. It is great if you’re able to, but if your child wants to stop and hold or chew on the book, that is okay too. That is another way infants take in information about their world. Let them touch, smell, feel and see.

-Point out and name pictures. Later ask your baby to find the “cow”, “horse”, etc., when you point to it.

-Increase the length and complexity of books as your child shows interest. By about one year of age, some babies will enjoy hearing a short book with a plot.

By on August 21, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Communication Difficulties

The inability to use speech to communicate may be very limiting!  A person without a voice may find themselves unable to express their choices, interact socially, or obtain their basic needs and wants.  They may feel closed off from the world in many ways.  Most of us usually utilize speech, facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, writing, and typing when we are trying to communicate.

 

Since we are a speech-language clinic- we embrace communication however it manifests, in addition to a formal means of aided communication (e.g. use the sign for “bathroom”, “eat” and “drink”, tap on a person’s shoulder to get their attention, etc). You see communication itself is a fundamental characteristic of humanity.

By on August 18, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Aprax…huh??

If someone is suffering from Apraxia, they already know what words they want to say, but at times their brains may have difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say all the sounds in the words they want to use.

As a result, they may say something completely different or make up words (e.g., “micken” or “chicken” for “kitchen”).

The person may recognize the error and try to attempt to say the word again—sometimes they may even get the word right, but sometimes saying something else entirely. This situation may become quite frustrating for the person, to say the least.

Individuals with apraxia may show these signs or symptoms:

-difficulty imitating and producing speech sounds, marked by speech errors such as sound distortions, substitutions, and/or omissions
-inconsistent speech errors
-groping of the tongue and lips to make specific sounds and words
-slow speech rate
-impaired rhythm and prosody (intonation) of speech
-better automatic speech (e.g., greetings) than purposeful speech
-inability to produce any sound at all in severe cases

By on August 17, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Supply and Demand

We get it, we really do… On your end of the receiver, you hear a busy signal or a voicemail greeting asking you to leave a message. On our end of the receiver, we are fielding phone calls from insurance companies, doctors offices, hospitals, patients, state agencies and more. Each day we are handling more and more phone calls involving everything from new regulatory demands to updated prescription information, as well as concerns from sick patients, and billing issues—and lately, as our practice grows (specifically the increase in our clinical staff) we are hearing from more and more patients regarding our appointment availability.

Supply and Demand… There are only some many of us available at any one time to answer the telephones as well as interact in person with each of our patients or caregivers. We are not complaining… We love the additional work and the additional responsibilities, it tells us that we are clearly doing something right. What we are doing is asking for a little bit of patience. If you do get a voicemail greeting asking you to leave a message or our receptionist tells you that all staff is currently busy could you please hold, or if you could please leave us a message, please do just that. We pride ourselves in returning all messages within 24 hours. If you ask us to call you back, we will… That’s a promise..

By on August 16, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are
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