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!
From our family at SLP Center to you & yours:
The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) hosts a yearly conference and this year it is taking place in Boston! The SLP Center will be closed on Friday, November 16, 2018, while the staff is in attendance. We are committed to learning and growing as clinicians so we may offer the best services possible!
SLP Center is officially on Instagram! We posted our very first picture of the staff in their Halloween costumes!
Follow us on Instagram @slpcenter for speech therapy news, office updates, pictures, resources, and more!
We are getting excited for Halloween! Wear your costume to speech therapy on Halloween day to trick-or-treat for special prizes in the office! What do you think your therapist will be dressed as?
Boston is a great place to live, especially now, as the Boston Red Sox head to the World Series. The Red Sox will begin the series against the LA Dodgers on Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 P.M.
Wear your Red Sox gear to speech on Tuesday to show your Boston pride! Go Sox!
“The Netflix series “Atypical” shares the story of a high school boy with autism facing the challenges of romance and achieving independence.
The show originated last year and the second season recently aired. The first season was criticized for not using an actor with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to play the main character, Sam. The show has responded with new episodes that include eight actors and a writing consultant who all have ASD.”
Save the date: AAC Month Discount
“In 2007, I was a member of ISAAC’s task force organizing the first International AAC Awareness Month. Since then, the AAC community has come together each October to celebrate. It is my pleasure to announce that AssistiveWare will offer a 50% discount on Proloquo2Go, Proloquo4Text, Keeble, Pictello and Gateway to Language & Learning©!”
-Pam Harris, Support Specialist at AssistiveWare
Today is International Alzheimer's Day. Neuropsychologist and SLP, Mohamed Tareflects discusses the relationship between dementia (mainly Alzheimer's disease) and literacy. Learn more at the the link below!
Wondering what to do in Boston with your family this fall? Check out this list on mommypoppins.com. They've compiled ideas from puppet shows to apple farms and so much more! We hope to hear all about your fall adventures at your next speech therapy appointment! Enjoy!