Introducing The EAT Bar - High Calorie Snack For Individuals With Swallowing Difficulties

“Based on decades of experience, our pioneering team of clinicians has created the EAT Bar, a melt-in-your-mouth, easy calorie snack designed to require minimal chewing for children and adults wanting foods that are easier-to-swallow. With 200-calories per serving, these coated meringue snacks are easy-to-chew, dissolve quickly and come in four irresistible flavors that are GMO-free, gluten-free, nut-free and Kosher. “

These bars were designed by an SLP with feeding and swallowing disorders in mind. To learn more or buy some for your family, visit the link below!

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Cere-bration Field Day & 5k on Cape Cod - Sept. 21, 2019

“In addition to the combination of "Cerebellum" and "Celebration"  - The term "Cere-Bration" is defined as: the working of the brain; thinking!

This event is the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts' largest event, expanding upon the former Walk & Roll for Brain Injury, bringing hundreds of people together in celebration, remembrance, and camaraderie! All of the funds raised by this event will directly support the important mission of BIA-MA – creating a better future for those affected by brain injury.

This event is open to ALL – we hope you will join us at the beautiful Buzzards Bay Recreation Area on the Cape Cod Canal for a day of fun and festivities.”

Learn more here!

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Books to Get in the Back-to-School Groove!

It’s that time of year again! Labor Day Weekend is approaching, the temperature is (hypothetically) getting cooler, and we are all busy getting our little ones ready for a new school year. Sometimes the shift between summer and fall is tricky, for school first timers or older children alike. Here are some bedtime reading books to help transition into the groove of school!

See the list here!

Let's Talk About The Siblings of Children With Speech & Language Disorders

Book Recommendation Alert: “Everybody Needs a Turn: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Children With Speech and Language Disorders” by Denise Underkoffler, SLP; Illustrations by Lindsay Dale-Scott.

“Many brothers and sisters of children with a speech-language disorder have a hard time understanding why their sibling is getting extra attention. It’s no surprise when they feel left out.”

Click the link below to learn more about a this book’s sweet message to help children and families understand.

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High School Graduation Speech Given By Assistive Technology!

Ahmed Ali is a young man who uses assistive technology to communicate.

“Ahmed recently graduated from the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Transition Plus program which helps special needs students with educational difficulties transition from high school to adult life. Having a student use voice assistance technology during a graduation speech was a first for the Minnesota school district, but Ahmed did not disappoint. His speech was equal parts articulate, poignant, and at times even humorous.”

Following this link to listen to his speech. And get ready to feel inspired!

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Story Time and Crafts in Cohasset!

 Drop by Buttonwood Books and Toys in Cohasset every Friday at 10:00am for a casual get-together featuring stories, both new and classic titles, and a themed craft. Story Time and Crafts is suitable for children ages 3 & up (or younger with supervision). Can’t make it to Story Time and Crafts? No problem! Buttonwood hosts book groups, events, and activities for all ages, children through adults! Check out their website!

Buttonwood Books and Toys

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Creating Positive Food Memories

While many have positive and happy memories surrounding food, such as Thanksgiving dinner or ice cream cones in the summertime, it’s easy to recognize that not all experiences with food are positive. Thus, it is important to understand that people have complex emotions and reactions to food. Speech Language Pathologist and pediatric feeding specialist, Cindy Herdé, wrote a piece about 5 tips to help create positive food memories. Click the link below to read about the tips!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.”

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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!

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"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:

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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!

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