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The 5-Minute Answer: What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

By Marissa Siegel | November 6, 2020

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services You may have seen someone write a note to communicate their order at a coffee shop. Or maybe you’ve seen someone use a device that speaks for them according to the buttons they press. These are examples of augmentative and alternative…

How to Choose Books to Support your Toddler’s Speech and Language Development

By Marissa Siegel | October 26, 2020

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services
Do you read to your child? Reading to your young child is research-backed as one of the many great things you can do to boost their communication development. There are so many children’s books out there though- so how do you…

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

By Marissa Siegel | October 9, 2020

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,…

How to Not Fry Your Voice as a Teacher

By Marissa Siegel | September 30, 2020

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…

What is Stuttering?

By Marissa Siegel | September 17, 2020

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…

A Speech Therapist’s Top 5 Tips for Successful Teletherapy

By Marissa Siegel | September 10, 2020

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…

Having Fun at Home with Communication, Part III: Friends and Family On-line!

By Marissa Siegel | August 25, 2020

By Marissa Siegel, owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services
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,…

Having Fun at Home With Communication, Part II: In the Kitchen

By Marissa Siegel | August 13, 2020

By Marissa Siegel, owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services
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…

Having Fun at Home with Communication, Part I: Pets!

By Marissa Siegel | July 31, 2020

By Marissa Siegel, owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services
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…