Happy Birthday Dr. Beer

Today we celebrate our SHE-E-O, and AudBall, Melissa Wilson Beer! We wish her the happiest of birthdays, and the most wonderful start to a new year of her life!

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Ask a Speech Therapist! Help - I don't understand what my child is saying.

Through the power that is social media, we’ve gathered all of our most asked questions from providers, parents, teachers, and all other professionals and put our speech therapist, Nicole, to work. We’ll feature a question each week this month to help answer some of your hard hitting speech and language questions! Today she helps answer the question we hear all the time about speech intelligibility!

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Summer Ear Care: How to avoid "swimmer's ear"

One of the more common ailments we hear during the summer months is “swimmer’s ear”, an infection in the outer ear canal that is caused by moisture trapped in the ear canal, or an injury to the ear canal This ailment doesn’t just occur in children, adults can also get this condition! Our team put together some tips to help keep your ears safe this summer, for both children and adults! And if you do fear that you may have swimmers ear, feel free to reach out to your audiologist or ENT for an evaluation.

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5-8% of Preschool Children Have Speech & Language Delays

Speech and Language Delays

Speech and language delays are quite common in the preschool setting. Here at Sound, we believe strongly in early identification and intervention, especially with the birth-3, and preschool populations. Early intervention helps keep these children on a path to making the most of abilities and skills developed during the early years. Early intervention is also important in supporting and providing advice to parents and siblings of children who might need additional support for clearer communication. #knowthefacts

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Reading Challenge: Fun facts about Disneyland!

Reading Challenge: Fun facts about Disneyland!

We’re highlighting fun Disneyland secrets all month long to get you pumped up for our reading challenge - this week, Walt’s Secret Apartment! Our challenge is half way complete and we want to keep you motivated with fun sights you might see if you’re our grand prize winner. Remember, just 300 minutes of reading and you’ll be entered into the drawing! Submit your entry by August 30th!

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Ask a Speech Therapist! What is happening with my late talker?

Through the power that is social media, we’ve gathered all of our most asked questions from providers, parents, teachers, and all other professionals and put our speech therapist, Nicole, to work. We’ll feature a question each week this month to help answer some of your hard hitting speech and language questions!

Q: I didn’t talk until I was 4 and I turned out okay, doesn’t that mean my kid will be fine?

So much development happens in those early years, it really is astounding. We have developmental milestones for a reason though. It is true, some children are delayed and end up catching up to their peers, while some continue to be behind struggling to communicate. It’s important to remember the integral role effective communication plays in building peer to peer relationships and reducing frustrated behaviors that can occur when a child is unable to communicate their wants and needs effectively. In short, yes you may not have spoken until 4 years old, but we don’t want to see that pattern repeated. Early Intervention is paramount! Feel free to contact us for a free screening or come in for an evaluation of your little one’s speech and language development.

If you have any questions of your own, feel free to email us at info@soundshc.com and we will do our best to get them answered! Peruse our blog posts to learn more about hearing health, toddler development, school aged language, adult voice and more. As always, feel free to call or email to schedule an evaluation with our wonderful Speech or Audiology Team!

Hearing a Hoarse Voice in your child?

Child Voice Disorders

Vocal differences in your child may be indicative of a voice disorder. It’s important to gain a professionals advice on the quality of your child’s voice, to determine if further assessment (e.g. videostroboscopy) could be helpful in diagnosing the cause of the vocal differences.

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Reading Challenge: Get Disneyland ready with our fun park facts!

Reading Challenge: Get Disneyland ready with our fun park facts!

In honor of our Summer Reading Challenge, we’re highlighting fun Disneyland secrets all month long. As we enter into the 4th week, we want to keep you motivated with fun sights you might see if you’re our grand prize winner. Remember, just 300 minutes of reading and you’ll be entered into the drawing! You have until August 30th to complete the challenge! Fun fact #4: A very special palm tree!

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Childhood Ear Infections

Ask any pediatrician which type of after hours call they handle most frequently, and the answer is likely to be otitis media, the medical term for a middle ear infection. Aside from the common cold, ear infections are the most commonly diagnosed childhood illness, affecting three out of four children by the time they reach the age of three. Learn more about what causes ear infections, and what to look out for in our recent blog post.

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Reading Challenge: Get Disneyland ready with our fun park facts!

Reading Challenge: Get Disneyland ready with our fun park facts!

In honor of our Summer Reading Challenge, we’re highlighting fun Disneyland secrets all month long! We want to keep you motivated as we enter into week 3 on your quest to be entered into our Sound SHC drawing for a pair of tickets to Disneyland! A reminder, you have until August 30th to complete 300 minutes of reading (or being read to). Happy reading! Fun Fact #3, an Evil Queen is watching you!

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How To Avoid "Airplane Ear" During Summer Travel

We’ve all been there, the flight is about the descend, and we start feeling extreme pressure in our ears! Over the years you may have learned a few tricks - chew on a stick of gum, give a big yawn, or wear special earplugs. Our team wants to make sure you, and your little ones, fly safe this summer. Check out some of the tips and tricks for avoiding “airplane ear” during your travels this summer!

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