3 to 4 Year Old Checklist

Developmental milestones are a helpful and informative way to determine if your child is developing as expected. As a parent, it can be overwhelming and difficult to gauge what your child should be able to do and by when. In fact, it can be discouraging when you see same-aged peers developing at a different rate. … Read more


With aging, many people experience changes with their body. While most think of more wrinkles and more weakness in the overall body mass and tone, one’s voice may also encounter similar changes. With the overall population living for longer durations, it is common for many adults to experience age-related voice changes. Some changes include a … Read more

Speech Delay vs. Autism

Your child is 2 years old and you’ve noticed that your little one is not talking as much compared to their peers. Your child may be able to verbalize a couple of words but does not demonstrate fluent speech.  Is this a sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Not necessarily.   While many parents of … Read more

Communication and Tinnitus

Have you noticed a constant ringing or buzzing in your ears? If so, you may be experiencing tinnitus. According to American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), 1/3 of all adults experience tinnitus throughout their lives with 1 in 10 people stating that tinnitus has significantly impacted their quality of life. What is Tinnitus? According to … Read more

Communicating with People With Hearing Loss

Communication involves different processes that allow us to take in and express information about our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes on the world around us. Communication allows us to develop strong relationships with co-workers, friends, and family members. More specifically, communication involves: Listening to the context of a conversation Comprehension of the words spoken to you … Read more

1 to 2 Year Old Checklist

Your child is officially a toddler, welcome to the “terrible 2’s”! Your child may demonstrate more independence and defiance compared to before but you’re starting to notice a huge change in growth. Check out the checklist below to determine if your child is on track with their milestones. Feel free to also print this page … Read more

Kentucky Speech Therapy

Hi! My name is Marissa Yamada and I am a certified speech-language pathologist and founder of Speak Therapy, LLC and licensed in the state of Kentucky. Kentucky is truly a hidden gem. I previously lived in Lexington before moving to Chicago and had the opportunity to work as a speech therapist in Frankfort, Danville, Paris, … Read more

Does Screen Time Affect Language Development

Technology is all around us with more kids receiving new devices- smartphones, tablets, television- everyday! With new shows such as CocoMelon and Peppa Pig captivating kids’ attention, it is difficult for parents to distance their child from technology. Nowadays, many children are masterminds at navigating the various forms of technology whether it be their mother’s … Read more

Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

At a young age, children are very much like sponges- constantly absorbing new information around them and developing new skills. Their brains are extremely malleable as they learn to function in the world around them. However, with children progressing with language and speech sound development at different rates, the answer to this question can be … Read more