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Our speech-language pathologists have many years of experience and are licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. They will be happy to talk with you by phone to help determine what type of appointment would be most helpful – a screening, a consultation, or a complete evaluation.Contact Us
We are a proud partner of Hand in Paw, a Birmingham non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of individuals through animal assisted therapy.
"Our clients receive the great fun and benefits of animal assisted therapy thanks to fantastic teams from Hand in Paw." ~ Ferne McClintock M.S., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
By Ferne McClintock — Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathologist, Ferne McClintock, with her brother’s dog, Ziva, while visiting them in Liverpool, New York.
Parents of young children love sippy cups, those wonderful inventions that prevent messy spills. Young children love them too, sometimes to the point of hanging on to them all day every day, even well beyond the age by which most children can manage open cups (about 18 months old). According to a recent article in the ASHA Leader Blog, a publication of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, prolonged use of sippy cups may actually be detrimental to a child’s development. Speech-language pathologist Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP explained that when a child drinks from a sippy cup, the hard spout lies on top of the tongue tip, preventing the child from swallowing in a mature (with the tongue tip elevated) fashion.
If children develop a habit of swallowing with the tongue tip down (an infantile pattern), they are more likely to have difficulty developing normal chewing and swallowing patterns. Additionally, this tongue-down position tends to be accompanied by a tongue-forward posture which might affect production of speech sounds (fronting, or frontal lisp). Many children with infantile swallow patterns and rest postures also tend to display mouth breathing and open mouth postures, also called ‘paci-mouth,’ as seen in children who use pacifiers for extended periods of time. Instead of sippy cups with the traditional hard plastic spouts, try using cups with pop up or built in straws, or valved toppers that can be washed and re-used on different beverage bottles (including water bottles). There are plenty of cute, child-friendly AND parent-friendly, no-spill options out there!