Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Blog

When Picky Eating is More Than Being Picky

Posted: She’s just a picky eater,” or “He’ll eat if he’s hungry.” Family members, friends and even doctors have the best of intentions when trying to shrug off restricted diets as a normal stage in child development. In truth, sometimes food refusals are normal, but often there is a deeper cause for a selective diet.

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Stuttering-Speech Therapy Can Help

Posted: Stuttering is a communication disorder involving disruptions in the person’s forward flow of speech that they can’t always control. Speech disfluencies are moments when a person who stutters has difficulty “getting his or her words out” which may include repeating parts of a word, repeating phrases, blocks in which no sound is emitted, prolongation of sounds to name a few. No one stutters in the same way, and as severity increases physical symptoms may also occur such as eye blinking, head nodding or muscle tension. These differences do not have any impact on their intelligence or mental health.

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Welcome to the PROMPT Difference

Posted: Apraxia of speech is neurological difference which makes it very difficult to sequence sounds and words correctly. As a speech-language pathologist, I have always worked with children with intelligibility issues; however, about eight years ago, I started using basic touch cues to help my patients feel individual sounds that they were targeting in therapy. I saw some positive results, so I decided to explore a more systematic approach for the use of tactile cues to improve speech intelligibility. That was when I discovered Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

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Nosebleeds - When to see the ENT?

Posted: A nosebleed, or epistaxis, is just as common as it is annoying. It can happen when you’re at a restaurant. It can happen after a shower. It can happen while you’re sleeping! And as the air gets drier in the winter, they tend to be more frequent.

What causes nosebleeds?
Nosebleeds are most commonly caused by small breaks in the lining of your nose, near the front. This is because there are many small vessels that come together in that region of your nose. The lining here is very thin, and any trauma (e.g. picking at your nose, sticking tissue in the nose) can make things worse. However, many nosebleeds are random and not from any one particular traumatic event. Some infections can lead to nosebleeds and patients will need antibiotics to treat the infection. Some people have bleeding disorders that are first noticed because they have frequent nosebleeds.

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