Chances are, if you’ve been on social media at any point in the last few weeks, you’ve probably seen the adorable father/son video pictured below. While this video is exceptionally cute, it also can serve as an excellent example of how to interact with your own young child. Click on the link below to see the video and get some great communication tips!
“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!
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.
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!
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.”
Kodi Lee, a 22-year old young man who is blind and autistic, auditioned for America’s Got Talent and stunned the judges with his performance! His audition tape has gone viral, inspiring young performers all over the world! How amazing is he?!
“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.”
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!
“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!
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!