Less Plastic In Landfills: Crayola ColorCycle Recycles Used Markers

“Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.”

That means less plastic in landfills and oceans. Crayola makes it so easy - get your school involved, collect used markers of ANY brand, and pack them up. Crayola will pay all shipping fees and FedEx Ground will pick up the box! Let’s band together to protect our world!

Visit www.crayola.com/colorcycle to learn more!


Respecting Privacy in AAC

Alyssa Hillary is an autistic blogger and doctorate student in neuroscience. She’s also an author, artist, and math teacher. Alyssa recently wrote a piece about respecting privacy with AAC users. “Like most adults, I can expect people not to go through my stuff or read my communications with other people. My iPad and laptop are mine. No one touches them without my permission.” This should also be the case for AAC users. Click the link below to read more about best ways to respect privacy for AAC users of all ages.


All the Feels: 7 Books to Help Kids with Their Emotions

As speech-language pathologists, we have the opportunity to build expressive and receptive language daily. There can be a lot of new vocabulary for children when we talk about our emotions. Words like happy, sad, frustrated, angry, and scared can be just as important to teach and learn about as vocabulary for food or animals. Here are some great books to help you explore emotions with your little one at home!


Adaptive Golf That is Local and Fun!

Looking to find a sport following an injury? Why not try golf!  

“The Back In the Swing (BITS) golf series works on fundamental golf skills to learn or get back to the game of golf. All abilities welcome. Staff assist with transfers, balance, swinging and golfing skills and etiquette.”


Book Recommendation Alert! – “The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism” by by Naoki Higashida, K.A. Yoshida (Translator), David Mitchell (Translator)

“Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one, at last, have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: ‘Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?’ ‘Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?’ ‘Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?’ and “What’s the reason you jump?’ (Naoki’s answer: ‘When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.’) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.”

You can buy it on Amazon here!


"Meet The Therapists" Series - Kathleen!

Welcome back to our “Meet the Therapists” series!  We hope you enjoyed meeting Tamara last week. This week we will introduce Kathleen! Kathleen is our newest team member and has been with the company since August of 2018.  She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Read on to find out more about Kathleen:


Where are you from? - I am originally from right outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! However, I went to school in Baltimore, Maryland and my parents grew up on the South Shore.

What do you like most about Boston? - I love being so close to the ocean.

How did you decide to become an SLP? - I was unsure of my major going into college and decided to take a communication science class on a whim. I have been grateful for that whim ever since!

What are your professional areas of interest? - I find that my interests are ever changing as I learn about new areas in the field. I would say my top three at this time would be: early language development, post-traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, and phonological awareness.

What do you like to do in your free time? - I enjoy going to the beach, sitting by a fire, being with my family and family dog, and reading!

What is your favorite food? - I am in love with food. I think I’d have to say either a steak or ice cream, it is truly too hard to decide!

What is an interesting fact about yourself? - I have an obsession with dogs! I follow way too many dogs on social media! 

We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Kathleen! Check back soon to learn more about our other team members!

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM)!

“Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment. 

For 2019, our theme is "Communication Across the Lifespan." We have many resources to help you celebrate all month long. Please check back for the latest materials and information on BHSM activities.”

Ask your SLP or visit ASHA’s website to learn more! We’ll have BHSM activities all May long!


Spring Craft Ideas!

It finally feels like spring is on the way! Here are some fun crafts to do after school or on the weekends. Crafts are great for building vocabulary and an easy way to practice auditory comprehension skills. Scroll through the crafts and see which one works for your family!

See the crafts here!


Book Recommendation Alert! – “Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up” by Ellen Braaten, PhD and Brian Willoughby, PhD

“Do you find yourself constantly asking your child to "pick up the pace"? Does he or she seem to take longer than others to get stuff done—whether completing homework, responding when spoken to, or getting dressed and ready in the morning? Drs. Ellen Braaten and Brian Willoughby have worked with thousands of kids and teens who struggle with an area of cognitive functioning called "processing speed," and who are often mislabeled as lazy or unmotivated. Filled with vivid stories and examples, this crucial resource demystifies processing speed and shows how to help kids (ages 5 to 18) catch up in this key area of development. Helpful practical tools can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½" x 11" size. Learn how to obtain needed support at school, what to expect from a professional evaluation, and how you can make daily routines more efficient—while promoting your child's social and emotional well-being.”

Get your copy below! And if you feel this describes your child, reach out to SLP Center to discuss!


"Meet The Therapists" Series - Tamara!

Welcome back to our “Meet the Therapists” series!  We hope you enjoyed meeting Justine last week. This week we will introduce Tamara! Tamara has been with the company since May of 2017.  She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Read on to find out more about Tamara:


Where are you from? - I grew up in northern New Jersey. However, I spent 6 years in Baltimore for my undergraduate and graduate degrees, so I also have a special space in my heart for Maryland.

What do you like most about Boston? - I like the history of the Boston area. I feel like you can always walk around and find something interesting to do or see.

How did you decide to become an SLP? - I worked at a special needs summer camp during high school, and I loved learning about all of the different pathways of communication available to children and adults. I did some research and tailored my college search to only include Communication Sciences majors; the rest is history!

What are your professional areas of interest? - I really enjoy working with all of the different areas of speech-language therapy. My top three areas of interest are language, executive functioning, and literacy. 

What do you like to do in your free time? - I really love to cook—I’ve been on a soup-in-the-Instant Pot kick recently. I also love to read and hike!

What is your favorite food? - My favorite food is popcorn, specifically salty or savory popcorn. My absolute favorite kitchen item is my air popper!

What is an interesting fact about yourself? - I was a pescatarian for about 4 years and just stopped about 3 months ago.

We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Tamara! Check back soon to learn more about our other therapists!