Supporting Children and Adolescents with Anxiety

October 3, 2017

Although anxiety is a common experience for everyone on almost a daily basis, abnormally high levels of anxiety can greatly impair an individual’s functioning. For children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, problems are observed in their social, personal, and/or academic functioning. For these children, anxiety is preventing them from fully participating in typical activities of […]


Improving Literacy Skills for Children Using AAC

September 22, 2017

  What is AAC? The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) writes, “Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write.” What are […]


Creativity and Positivity

January 18, 2017

Studies show that being creative can increase positive affect and flourishing. Flourishing is a term to describe “a state of optimal functioning accompanied by feelings of meaning, engagement, and purpose in life”. People who engage in creative pursuits one day, show an increase in high activation positive affect states such as increased energy, enthusiasm, and […]


Lindamood-Bell programs now available at Live Oak!

November 3, 2016

We are excited to announce that our Speech-Language Pathologists were recently trained in the Lindamood-Bell programs, Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing. We believe these evidence-based programs will positively impact our current and future students’ language comprehension, reading, and spelling skills. The Seeing Stars Program may be appropriate for your child if they are having […]


Speech Therapy Tips on Improving Language at Home

October 20, 2016

Are you concerned your child is not understanding everything they should for their age? Do you have to repeat basic directions? What about if you’re finding your child struggling to express themselves? Here are some basic speech therapy tips to help improve language skills at home! WHAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE? Face-to-Face […]


National Backpack Awareness

September 27, 2016

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrates National Backpack Awareness Day the third Wednesday of September every year.  Many children in school today are carrying too much weight in their backpacks which can result in future injuries to the back and other parts of the body.  AOTA reported that “more than 2,000 backpack-related injuries were […]


How do I talk to my child about the recent shooting events?

July 21, 2016

by Lacey Seymour, PhD As we are all coping with the recent tragedies in our area, you may be wondering what is the best way to speak to your children about these events. When children hear about a scary event, such as the recent shootings of law enforcement agents in Baton Rouge, it is very common […]


Summer Hand Skills

June 29, 2016

By Elizabeth Hughs, MOT, LOTR   School is out for summer, and we are enjoying lots of fun in the sun! Here are some suggestions for maintaining handwriting and fine motor skills without giving “homework” during the summer. ~ Have a water balloon fight and have your little ones help fill and tie the knots […]


The Power of the Mandala

June 11, 2016

  By Katherine Crosby      The word mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle” or “center”. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung created mandalas in his own art and began observing them in the artwork of his patients. He recognized the relaxing and calming states that creating mandalas induced as well as their ability to reflect the […]


Our Favorite Books for Late Talkers

May 24, 2016

by Courtney Harrison, CCC-SLP The following list includes some of my favorite colorful, silly, and engaging books that promote language development. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  -Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle I love to use this classic book for many reasons. The repetitive language is a wonderful way to promote language […]