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Typical vs. Atypical Disfluencies: What Are the Differences?

Table of Contents What Are Speech Disfluencies? Typical vs. Atypical DisfluenciesTypes of Speech DisfluenciesAssessment and Treatment of Typical and Atypical DisfluenciesResources for Addressing Disfluencies and Fluency Disorders Fluency in speech refers to how smoothly someone forms sounds, words, and phrases when communicating. Maintaining a high level of fluency is crucial to conveying one’s thoughts and needs clearly when speaking. That makes speech fluency an important part of social and professional interactions. However, sometimes people have disfluencies, or nonfluencies, in their speech, such as adding pauses, sounds, or words, or repeating themselves. These disfluencies are common, particularly for young children who […]

Speech Pronunciation for Kids: Tips, Tools, and Resources

For various reasons, children may struggle to pronounce words correctly and may eventually develop a speech disorder. Signs of a speech disorder may include stuttering, repetition, blocks (difficulty forming words), and prolongation (drawing out certain sounds). To reduce a child’s risk of developing a speech impediment, parents can engage their children in a variety of activities designed to be fun and educational. Some children, however, will require the help of an experienced speech-language pathologist. To learn about tips and resources on speech pronunciation for kids, check out the infographic below, created by Maryville University’s online Master of Science in Speech-Language […]

How to Get Into a Big Data Career

More than 1,066.36 petabytes of data are created each day. For perspective, consider that one petabyte is the equivalent of 11,000 ultra-high definition (4K) movies. The entire Library of Congress holds about 20 petabytes of data. The amount of data that flows from and through the internet, social media, smart devices, e-commerce platforms, and other digital sources is huge and continues to grow. Together, this mass of information is known as big data. Companies and other organizations seek to separate and analyze the data most pertinent to their business and to gain a competitive edge. This has generated strong demand […]

AI vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning: Understanding the Differences

Not too long ago, you had to know a programming language to be able to interact with a computer. Today, you can talk to digital devices using human language. Just say, “Alexa, what’s the weather today?” or “Siri, where’s the nearest coffee shop?” and you’ll get answers — usually accurate ones. This transition has been made possible by artificial intelligence and its components: machine learning and deep learning. They’ve enabled computers, smartphones, TVs, and other electronic devices to comprehend human speech and acquire a wealth of other skills Other examples of AI at work are: Streaming video services such as […]

Certification vs. Certificate: What’s the Difference?

If you are confused about the difference between professional certifications and certificates, you’re not alone. The fact is, a close look at certifications vs. certificates reveals that there are many similarities between the two. Most importantly, both have advantages, such as job readiness, professional recognition, and increased salary. Depending on the stage of your education or career, it might be a good time to explore certification or certificate programs offered through universities and other organizations. What Is the Difference Between Certifications and Certificates? Both certifications and certificates require students to take a course of study and pass an exam or […]

Benefits of a Certificate Program

Students take an average of 52 months to complete a bachelor’s degree program in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. For professionals striving to stay current in their fields or seeking a career pivot, completing a certificate program can be a faster, more efficient way to gain the requisite knowledge and skills compared with a traditional degree program. As education changes, the professional landscape must evolve to keep up. Consider the benefits of a certificate program, such as flexibility and stackability, and learn why more students are opting to earn online certificates in place of, […]

Your Goals Are Our Goals

Although much of what we do on a daily basis is powered by digital solutions, there’s something about online learning that can be overwhelming. That’s why Maryville created a student support team dedicated to helping you finish your online degree. To give you a better idea of what our student support coaches do and what you can expect from them, Jasmine Harper, Libby Reed, and Agnes Milanowski explain their roles and the relationships they build with students. What’s the role of a graduate-level student support coach? The primary role of our student support team is to get you from enrollment […]

How to Stay Informed When You Have a Busy Schedule

Working full time, raising a family, and taking college courses can make staying on top of current events challenging at best. What’s more, while the internet is home to plenty of reliable, reputable, factual news sources, it has just as many that publish fabricated or misleading information. If you’d like to be more informed but don’t have hours to scour the internet for news recaps you can trust, you’re in luck. There are several ways to keep up with national and global happenings via email, news aggregate services, and podcasts. Benefits of Staying Informed of Current Events Staying abreast of […]

Top 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your First Month in 2023

Many adults start the new year by making resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or advance in their careers. However, despite these good intentions, USA Today reports that by as early as Jan. 17, most resolution-makers begin to lose momentum and fall back into their old habits. Whether you want to run your first marathon or change professions, below are a few tips to get on the right track for 2023. 1. Perform a Self-Review January is a great time to reflect on where you were, professionally and personally, at the beginning and end of last year. This could involve making a list of […]

4 Adventurous Careers for Travelers

With the rise in remote work placements and the end of most pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, there has never been a better time to explore the world. Numerous opportunities are now available for those who are interested in pursuing an adventurous career. Conventional careers are a great fit for many people, but they are not for everyone. Many passionate professionals thrive on the challenges of careers oriented around travel. The best careers for travelers provide opportunities to experience new cultures, languages, and environments, and allow individuals to build a future based on their own interests and strengths. Being successful in […]