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First detailed timeline established for brain’s descent into Alzheimer’s

September 23, 2012

Scientists have assembled the most detailed chronology to date of the human brain’s long, slow slide into full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.

The timeline, developed through research led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, appears July 11 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Continue reading here...http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/24026.aspx

Don Harris MS, Read More...

Students Wh Stay Awake....

September 02, 2012

I guess it really doesn't pay to cram. Success comes to the organized. Continue reading this interesting article http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/08/students-who-stay-awake/.

Don Harris, MS, CCC-SLP Read More...

Study: Exercise Improves Memory, Helps Alleviate ADHD

May 25, 2012

Study: Exercise Improves Memory, Helps Alleviate ADHD

Read more here...

http://www.wired.com/playbook/2012/05/exercise-memory-and-adhd/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+%28Wired:+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29

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The older I get...

April 28, 2012

Let’s review some good lifestyle options we can fol­low to main­tain, and improve, our vibrant brains.

Continue reading...http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2007/08/22/10-habits-of-highly-effective-brains/


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Metaphors Can Light Up Brain’s Sensory Area

March 10, 2012

Scientists have recently explored whether comprehending common metaphors can activate parts of the brain that provide sensory experiences. For example, do your fingers feel rough if someone is said to have a gritty style?

Read the complete story here:

http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/02/06/metaphors-can-light-up-brains-sensory-area/34487.html

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Sleep: An Essential Ingredient for Memory Function

January 14, 2012

We all know the old Ben Franklin quote, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." While I have not yet investigated the "wealthy" claim, Franklin was spot-on in the "healthy and wise" department; research has shown sleep to be a key contributor to optimal health and brain function.

Continue reading here:

http://www.scilearn.com/blog/sleep-learning-memory.php


Don Read More...

Brain Plasticity

November 08, 2011

You may have heard that the brain is plastic. As you know the brain is not made of plastic! Neuity or brain plasity refers to the brain's ability to CHANGE throughout life. The brain has the amazing ability to reornize itself by forming new contions between brain cells (neurons).
In addition to genetic factors, the enviment in which a person lives, as well as the actions of that person, play Read More...

Process of Hearing in Animation

October 14, 2011

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24 Life-Changing iPhone and iPad Apps for People with Brain Injury

July 02, 2011

Revolutionary apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury
Almost everyday, we hear of new smartphone applications developed for just about everything...from staying organized to finding pharmacies or restaurants while on the road. It's hard to keep up. The BrainLine team sifted through many resources to collect this list of iPhone, iTouch, and iPad apps that could be useful to people Read More...

Better Speech and Hearing Month

May 25, 2011

Better Speech and Hearing Month
The Hanen Centre's Better Speech and Hearing created the following page to give you the important information you need about the warning signs of language delay and the importance of getting help early.
As a parent, you can make all the difference in helping your child become the best communicator he can be. If you find that your child's language development Read More...

SpeechEasy Helps Veteran Henry Rouse Deal With Stutter

April 04, 2011

After a fellow soldier accidentally struck Henry Rouse in the head with a large artillery round while training in Iraq, the 27-year-old said the next thing he remembered was waking up...

Read the rest of the story here... http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20110329/NEWS01/103290308/1002/news01/SpeechEasy-device-helps-Army-veteran-Henry-Rouse-deal-stutter

Don Harris, MS, CCC-SLP
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Treating Ear Infections With Antibiotics

February 14, 2011


New research on ear infections confronts a challenging conundrum: What should pediatricians do for a toddler with a real-deal ear infection? Treat with antibiotics or watch and wait? New research and a nice editorial published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week add to the stew of information about how to manage ear infections in young children. The new research confers benefit Read More...

HEARING LOSS IN U.S. TEENS SHOOTS UP

December 26, 2010

According to an ABC News report, more than 90 percent of young people listen to personal music players, which is a testament to the relentless drive of technology over the past 10 years.
Sadly, many people listen to those MP3 players with the sound cranked up to full volume for multiple hours each day. Research shows that 66 percent of personal music player users are listening to music at louder Read More...

From Grunting To Gabbing: Why Humans Can Talk

October 09, 2010

Chimps and humans have the same basic vocal apparatus. So what are we the ones talking? Check out this linlk for the answer.

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1m=129135336

Don Harris, MS, CCC-SLP
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Results of Pilot Study Published in Journal Music and Medicine Reveal The Listening Program Helps Children With Down Syndrome Improve Speech Skills

August 05, 2010

OGDEN, Utah, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Brain Technologies today announced results demonstrating that a modified music program followed for ten weeks, improved speech skills in children with Down syndrome. The results of the study, conducted in Nottingham, United Kingdom, were published Monday, in an early online before print version of the article scheduled to appear in the journal Music and Read More...

Speech and Language Milestones

May 29, 2010

I have parent’s asking me all the time, ‘What should my child be able to say and understand’. So here’s a summary of what a typical two-year old should understand and express:

6 Months
• Vocalization with intonation
• Responds to his name
• Responds to human voices without visual cues by turning his head and eyes
• Responds appropriately to friendly and angry tones

12 Months
• Uses one or Read More...

Proven Programs to Improve Your Memory

April 03, 2010

Uh-oh. Your spouse just pointed out that you forgot to pick up your 12-year-old niece, Gail, who arrived at the train station at 8:15. You have only a vague memory that your friend Dale was coming on the 8:50 train.


What happened? Although your spouse said Gail, you heard Dale—and since Dale did not need to be met, you did not listen carefully, record deeply or recall the message.


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CD Music Sets For Babies, Infants And Children

April 03, 2010

Our web site contains a number of award-winning recordings include classical, folk music, and instrumental versions of lullabies and nursery rhymes that nurture the rapidly developing brains of children from birth to three.

Just as food nourishes a baby's growing body, the elements of music - melody, tone and harmony -nourish a baby's rapidly developing brain. Even before children are born, Read More...

TLP in The Classroom

March 11, 2010

I was pleased to provide The Listening Program to a group of students I was serving a couple years back. I've included the link to the report I wrote. The results were better than I expected.

Click Here to Read my TLP School Report Read More...

The American Bounce

March 11, 2010

Learning to speak in the rhythm of an American can be a little tricky. The 'American Bounce' is slower and more deliberate than the 'intonation' of many other languages.

One of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to learn the 'American Bounce' is by watching television (especially soap operas). Study the mouth movements of the speakers. Try to repeat what they say and copy their intonation Read More...

The Benefits For Improving Communication Skills

August 02, 2009

Are your communication skills preventing you from obtaining your business or personal best? How would your company benefit from corporate speech improvement training?

Speaking Successfully is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals in the workplace and at home. There isn't any reason why your communication skills should be holding you back. We want you to be wildly successful!

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How Can I Help My Child With APD?

August 02, 2009

Difficulty with following directions is possibly the single most common complaint about children with Auditory Processing Disorders (APD).

Some of things you can do that may help:
• Reduce background noise.
• Have your child look at you when you're speaking.
• Use simple, expressive sentences.
• Speak at a slightly slower rate and at a mildly increased volume.
• Ask your child to repeat the Read More...

Best-Kept-Secret Career: Accent-Reduction Specialist

April 06, 2009

Snapshot: A customer-service person in India speaks perfect English but wants his accent more clearly understood by Americans. A Chinese scientist at a government lab speaks poor English and in such a heavy accent that it's hard to understand him. A corporation has executives with thick Brooklyn, African-American, Latino, or southern accents, and the company believes they'll be more credible if Read More...

Specialized CD - Speech & Language Integration Classic 1

February 18, 2009

TLP Specialized CD - Speech & Language Integration Classic 1

The relation of the ear and language is today, undeniable. Yet it was Dr. Tomatis who discovered a simple, basic fact, just decades ago. It's known as The Tomatis Effect. The voice reproduces only what the ear hears. The Tomatis Effect is held in high regard in relation to our development of Music-Based Auditory Stimulation.

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TLP Specialized CD - Sensory Integration Kids 1

February 18, 2009

Sensory Integration (SI) Kids CD 1 contains musical selections that were recorded because they were fun, simple in structure, short, and very accessible. Focusing on all of these elements means that a child's attention can more easily be captured and maintained.

SI Kids 1 has a significant focus on spatial awareness and sound localization. With new technologies and creative elements in recording Read More...

Auditory Processing Improvement (Part 2)

December 27, 2008

What Are the Problem Areas for Kids With APD?

Here are the five main problem areas that can affect both home and school activities in children with APD.

1. Auditory Figure-Ground Problems: This is when the child can't pay attention when there's noise in the background. Noisy, low-structured classrooms could be very frustrating to this child.

2. Auditory Memory Problems: This is when the child Read More...

Proven Programs to Improve Your Memory (Part 1)

December 27, 2008

Proven Programs to Improve Your Memory

Uh-oh. Your spouse just pointed out that you forgot to pick up your 12-year-old niece, Gail, who arrived at the train station at 8:15. You have only a vague memory that your friend Dale was coming on the 8:50 train.

What happened? Although your spouse said Gail, you heard Dale—and since Dale did not need to be met, you did not listen carefully, record Read More...

Business Communication And Speech Improvement Programs

November 23, 2008

Business success relies heavily on your professional image. And now you've made the decision to invest in your professional image! Competition in business can be fierce, but with our coaching you can strengthen your professional image by communicating with confidence when you network, interview, speak on the phone, deliver presentations, lead meetings or interact with your clients, staff, and Read More...

Auditory Processing Improvement (Part 1)

November 23, 2008

Ten year old Kelly seems to pay attention when the teacher works with her one-on-one. But when there are group discussions, she spends most of her time looking out the window. The teacher is complaining she doesn't participate in class and Kelly is getting lower grades as a result.

Daniel who is 12, was supposed to be home in time for his dentist's appointment at 3:30 PM. But when he finally Read More...

Do You Want to Manage Your Stuttering?

October 26, 2008

"I approach each new day with the confidence that comes from knowing I can communicate and be my true self." Adam, NY, NY

The SpeechEasy is a proven fluency tool used to reduce stuttering and to help increase fluency. While you will not stop stuttering completely (there is no cure for stuttering), we can help you take back control of your speech, and your life.

The confidence you gain by saying Read More...

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