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!

Indoor Activities

It feels like we’re in the final stretch of winter here on the South Shore! However, while the sun is not quite shining and we still have snow on the ground we thought we’d give you some suggestions for fun and language rich indoor activities for these final weeks. We thoroughly enjoy scavenger hunts and the alphabet game here at the SLP Center but take a look and see what your family would love! 

See the list here!


"Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s "

“Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.”


Winter Break Activity – Children’s Winter Festival

Need to get out of the house this winter break? Go to the Boston Children’s Winter Festival on Wednesday, February 20th. The festival will be held at Boston Commons, with activities starting at 10 AM.

“Among the attractions will the 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure with twin roller lanes, the 30-foot-high inflatable Everest Climb N Slide, a Ski Lift photo op, and much more.  In addition, the Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring a week-long Winter Camp at the Boston Common Frog Pond with free skating and rentals for all ages from Monday, February 18, through Friday, February 22.”


"Picky" Teens and Feeding Therapy

Most people typically associate “picky eating” with young children, but what happens if your child never grows out of these habits? Feeding therapy is an appropriate avenue, regardless of age! In this article, Katja Rowell, MD, and Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC/SLP, CLC, explore some techniques for parents to assist their teens with regards to their picky eating habits.


If you have a picky teenager and want to explore feeding therapy options, don’t hesitate to call our office to inquire at 781-792-2700!

Limit Child's Screen Time for Better Cognition

“In a study in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, researchers from Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute found the following: Limiting children’s recreational screen time to two hours per day, and coupling this with a good night’s sleep and sufficient physical activity, may mean better cognitive function.”