Happy Memorial Day. Have a safe and fun holiday!

For May is Better Speech and Hearing Month we have more speech, language, and voice trivia questions.

1. Speech-language pathologists can work in which of the following settings:

A. Schools
B. Armed Forces
C. Hospitals
D. Rehabilitation Facilities
E. All of the above

2. Colin Firth starred in this movie about King George VI, who famously stuttered throughout his life….

_________ _______________ ________________

3. This famous actress/singer suffered an “ill-fated” vocal cord operation and as a result her vocal range is “a fragile alto” now.
(Hint: She starred in “The Sound of Music”)

________________ ________________________

4. Which famous late night talk show host has Bachelor of Arts in speech-language pathology?

A. Jay Leno
B. Jimmy Kimmel
C. Jimmy Fallon
D. David Letterman

5. Boys are 5 times more likely than girls to have autism.
True False

6. About how many children with autism do not speak?

A. 10%
B. 20%
C. 30%
D. 40%

7. Children on the autism spectrum have a marked impairment in the use of nonverbal cues such as eye to eye gaze, facial expression, body posture and gestures to regulate social interaction.
True False

8. How many people have communication disorders in the United States today?

A. 100, 000
B. 10 million
C. 40 million
D. 20 million

8. How many Americans have some degree of hearing loss?

A. 1 million
B. 10 million
C. 20 million
D. 36 million\

10. About how many children have noticeable speech disorders by 1st grade?

A. 1%
B. 2%
C. 5%
D. 4%

11. Poor communication skills can lead to problems in…

A. Participating in classroom instruction
B. Developing and maintaining relationships
C. Understanding classroom instruction
D. All of the above

Here is today’s trivia question. Good luck!

What does the acronym “AAC” stand for?

A. Alternative communication for people who cannot speak through verbal output

B. A television network

C. A language treatment program for children who have difficulty understanding language

D. A cable company

Using Wordless Picture Books at Home

By Maxine E. Van Doren, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist


Wordless picture books offer a fun, low-demand reading activity with endless possibilities for learning.

While, many clinicians use wordless picture books for treatment and assessment of pediatric speech-language disorders, at home they offer opportunities to create a language rich reading experience and carry-over therapy goals. Despite being wordless, these picture books help develop early literacy and language skills when they are used well.

For example, while telling the story, you can ask your child questions about how characters are feeling, what they think might happen next, or have them tell parts of the story to carry-over language goals; you can also use the books to relate the story to your child’s personal experiences to help them develop personal narrative skills.

Wordless pictures books can also be used to carry-over articulation therapy by having your child tell the story or describe pictures using his or her target sound.

Some of our favorite wordless picture books include the Mercer Mayer’s Frog series (A boy, a dog, and frog; Frog, where are you?; One frog too many, etc), Chalk by Bill Thompson, and Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day.

Early Detection of Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders

Did you know….

Children with communication disorders are more likely to struggle with literacy skills. They often perform poorly in school, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, and have problems reading. These children have trouble reaching their true academic potential due to their speech and language disorders. In addition, these children tend to have issues with frustration and poor self-esteem and may be at risk for depression. Don’t wait and hope your child will outgrow a communication problem. Early detection leads to early treatment. The earlier you get help for your child, the better.

To learn more identifying signs for speech, language, hearing, and voice disorders go to: