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!
“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!
Autism Eats is back on the South Shore to enjoy a delicious spring dinner, join us! A BIG thank you to Treasurers of Our Hearts and Mia Regazza.
Reservations are required at www.autismeats.org
Date: May 15, 2019
Location: Mia Regazza
Address: 1 Proprietors Drive
Marshfield, MA 02050
Note to families! Next week is April vacation for most school systems, but our office will be open and operating normal business hours. If you need any changes to your schedule, please let us know!
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!
Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month
“April is Autism Acceptance Month and we are looking forward to celebrating. We will amplify autistic voices by sharing resources and blogs written by the autistic community. As always, we welcome your input so please send us any suggestions you have. We are also very excited to announce a 4 day discount. Proloquo2Go, Proloquo4Text, Pictello, Keeble, and Gateway will all be 50% off.
Save the date!
The 50% discount will be in effect worldwide from Tuesday April 2 to Friday April 5. No need to fill in a discount code - you’ll see the discounted amount in the App Store.”
Welcome back to our “Meet the Therapists” series! We hope you enjoyed meeting Sara last week. This week we will introduce Justine! Justine has been with the company since May of 2015. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Read on to find out more about Justine:
Where are you from? - I grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
What do you like most about Massachusetts? - Being able to visit the ocean anytime I want, walking my dog Blue in one of the many state parks, and Marylou’s Coffee.
How did you decide to become an SLP? - Growing up, my best friend’s sister had early intervention services where a speech-language pathologist visited the house every week. Once I took my first communication disorders class in undergrad, I was hooked! Fast forward many years later, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What are your professional areas of interest? - While I’m interested in all things related to the field, I have a particular love for the areas of fluency, voice, and post-traumatic brain injury rehabilitation (i.e. stroke, post-concussion syndrome, TBI, etc).
What do you like to do in your free time? - In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, silversmithing, reading, and playing video games!
What is your favorite food? - Breakfast foods – I’ll eat them anytime of day. Banana pancakes are one of my favorites!
What is an interesting fact about yourself? - I adopted a three-legged husky mix named Blue – trust me when I say he does just fine with three!
We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Justine! Check back soon to learn more about our other therapists!
Welcome to our “Meet the Therapists” series! We love to hear about our clients' interests and activities outside of speech therapy, and we thought you'd enjoy hearing a few fun facts about us! Meet Sara! Sara has been with the company since September of 2014. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Read on to find out more about Sara:
Where are you from? - Born and raised in Billerica, MA. After graduate school, I continued to live on the North Shore until 2014 when I got this job and became a South Shore gal!
What do you like most about Boston? - I like everything about Boston! The sports teams, the food, the views, the museums, the vibe… I grew up visiting the city regularly and I love it.
How did you decide to become an SLP? - If I’m being honest, I decided to become an SLP by accident. I began college with a different path in mind, but I took a few classes in Communication Disorders, just to fill requirements and ended up loving it! A few classes lead to a few more and I was hooked in no time! I’m so happy I stumbled upon this field.
What are your professional areas of interest? - The thing I love about this field is that it’s ever-changing! I’ve developed a stronger interest in working with language, AAC, cognition, and swallowing/feeding.
What do you like to do in your free time? - I like to read, cook, go to the beach (even in January), kick box, and hang out with my family and dog!
What is your favorite food? - Ice cream, no contest. Any flavor, any time. Absolute favorite – waffle cone with black raspberry ice cream and chocolate sprinkles!
What is an interesting fact about yourself? - I can touch my nose with my tongue.
We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Sara! Check back soon to learn more about our other therapists!
We hope you and your families weathered the storm!
SLP Center is OPEN today - Monday, March 4, 2019.
Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns!
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!
“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.”
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.”
This Valentine’s Day consider sending warm wishes to a child and family who will be spending their day at Boston Children’s Hospital. These children will miss the parties at school and with their classmates/friends. Simply pick a design, write a message if you’d like, and sign your name! All e-cards will be displayed and shared with the children and families on February 14th!
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!
“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.”
“Join Autism Eats for an autism friendly dinner event to celebrate the New Year! We will have our own room and a delicious buffet dinner. A big thank you to East Bay Grille and the Plymouth North High School's Marketing Tech Program for their generosity and support!”
Reservations are required at www.autismeats.org
Date: January 28, 2019
Location: East Bay Grille
Address: 173 Water St
Happy New Year from SLP Center! Let's make 2019 the best year yet!
Please Note: The SLP Center will be closed from December 24th through January 1st.
Sending warm wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season! See you in 2019!
Stacey Ellison Glasgow and Diane Paul authored the holiday and tech resource below. As SLPs, they recognize the importance and usefulness of technology. The also recognize the importance of togetherness and conversation:
“Do you feel as if sounds of ringtones, alerts and push notifications replace those of sleigh bells, music and crackling fires during today’s holidays? Most likely, families of your patients, clients or students feel the same. For audiologists and speech-language pathologists craving a lower-tech holiday season professionally and personally, share these 10 tips to make this goal a reality and help families instead embrace conversation, communication and bonding this holiday season.”
“It’s true: Your ADHD brain can better focus when your body is moving. In the classroom, this means using fidgets, or other special accommodations that keep their senses stimulated without disturbing their classmates. “
Read the full article from ADDitude below which outlines 10 classroom favorites for children who need a little movement to increase their focus!