Middle Ear Fluid: Developmental Effects on Children with Specific Attention to Those with Down Syndrome
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. It appears that middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion) is a significant problem for children with Down syndrome. Our experience at NACD with literally thousands of children with Down syndrome indicates that middle ear fluid issues are ubiquitous and are of tremendous concern relative to the global development in this population. For forty years … Read More

Jennie
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Jennie – 33 years old 9-28-2017 Six years ago my daughter Jennie and I moved to St. George, Utah from California. My daughter has Down Syndrome and was 27 years old and had been in special education classes all of her life. At this time I was introduced to the NACD organization and Sara Erling. Jennie has been blessed to … Read More

Tymps, Tymps, Tymps
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by Lori Riggs, MA, CCC/SLP Are you tired hearing us talk about tympanograms yet? We’re not tired of talking about them or recommending that you get them yet. Obviously we’re not afraid to admit that we’re pretty opinionated on the subject of how significantly middle ear fluid can affect a child’s development. For years there has been conflicting information by … Read More

Middle Ear Fluid
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A common and very significant issue in young children is the presence of fluid in the middle ear. The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum that contains the three tiny bones of the ear—the incus, malleus, and stapes. This space is normally filled with air. When sound waves travel through the ear canal and cause the eardrum to … Read More

“Can You Hear Me Now?” – FM Systems
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by Lori Riggs, M.A., CCC/SLP Director of NACD’s Center for Speech and Sound “Can you hear me now?” “What did I say?” “Are you listening to me?” “Please just say ——-.” “Say dog/ horse.” “Read my lips.” At NACD we have been working on all of the pieces of the puzzle that help your children learn and develop. All of … Read More

TSI: Focused Attention: An Efficacy Study for Adults
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Problems with auditory figure-ground processing—understanding speech in background noise—is a common complaint of adults. The problem appears to increase as we age. As part of its TSI-Targeted Sound Intervention®, NACD created the TSI: Focused Attention program in 2009 to help address figure-ground problems in children. An initial field study (TSI – Focused Attention Field Study Report) and an analysis of … Read More

To Simply Hear
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Such a simple word with such profound ramifications. If you look it up in the dictionary you’ll read: Hear: \ˈhir\ transitive verb 1: to perceive or apprehend by the ear 2: to gain knowledge of by hearing 3 a: to listen to with attention : HEED b:ATTEND <hear mass> 4 a: to give a legal hearing to b: to take … Read More

Hearing Tests: A Primer for Parents
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by Lori Riggs, Certified Speech/Language Pathologist At first glance an audiogram may look simple and straightforward. Delving into interpretation and implications of the audiogram, however, leads to a whole different picture: the mysterious world of audiology. As many more parents have been sending me their child’s audiological reports to try to make sense of them, I have become acutely aware … Read More

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