December 2018

In the Clinic
The holidays are upon use! Please let your therapist know of any planned cancellations or reschedules.


This Month

On the

Wee Speech Website:

 

App of the Month

Little Mole in Winter

Word Wall

December words, definitions, sentences and activities to print

 

December Blog Postings

 

In the Waiting Room

Guess How Many?This month's winner is Zoe L.! Congratulations! Children (and siblings) are encouraged to fill out a slip each month with their guess. (Don’t forget your last name or initial.). The envelope for guesses is on the wall next to the book and toy bins in the Clinic waiting room. The drawing is at the end of the month and a special prize awaits the winner!!

Good Luck!!

 

December Birthdays!!

Ezra M.

Peter M.

Ayal R.

Silas S.

Mordi S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2018 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.

 


There is still time to register!!
Dr. Rebecca Nelson joins us on Friday December 14th from 9:30 -10:30 to discuss the objectives of a psychodevelopmental or psychodiagnostic assessment and how to know if it is right for your child. Refreshments will be served. There will be time for Q & A after the presentation. There is no charge for this informative presentation. Please follow the link for more information and to register.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/would-a-psychodevelopmental-or-psychodiagnostic-evaluation-be-right-for-my-child-tickets-51086255365

Welcome!
Wee Speech welcome Jeni Bergstrom M.A., CCC/SLP to our team! Jeni comes to us with a wide range of clinical experience. She will be seeing clients in the after school hours.

Limiting Screen Time
As we head in to 2019. Let's rethink screen time in our homes. Does your child enjoy watching TV and playing on the iPad? Try limiting their screen time to 2 hours per day to encourage cognitive development! A recent study found that children who engaged in less than 2 hours of screen time, slept for 9-11 hours per night, and participated in at least one hour of daily physical activity demonstrated higher overall cognition scores (including language abilities, memory skills, executive functioning, attention, and processing speed). Encourage movement activities, games with siblings, and shared reading activities instead of screen time! Read on for some great game play ideas.

Melanie Greenspan, M.S., CCC-SLP


Play Your Way to Better Language Skills
As the holiday season approaches, it’s a great time for your family to try out some new board games.

Children with speech and language challenges can benefit from playing games in therapy and at home, to help build a variety of language skills, including vocabulary, verbal description and problem solving.  Board games can also help children practice social skills, such as turn taking, joint attention, cooperation and flexibility. If your children are at a younger developmental level, they can play on a team with an adult or an older child for additional support.

Children who develop good social language skills early on are better able to communicate with peers and adults, learn to cooperate, avoid conflict, and tend to have an easier time at school.  Board games can be a helpful tool to teach those skills. Plus, by playing games with each other, you can spend more quality time together as a family, and it’s just plain fun!

Here are a few games that are great for promoting language skills:

Zingo (age 4 years and up)- perfect for pre-readers, this game is great for turn-taking, matching and building vocabulary

Guess Who? (ages 6 years and up)-focuses on descriptive words, process of elimination, and asking and answering questions.

Hedbanz (ages 7 years and up)- requires players to describe words by category, shape, size, function, etc. and is great for developing vocabulary,  identifying and using details, and learning to ask and answer questions.

Don’t Say It (6 years and up) or Taboo (13 years and up)- use your best descriptions to get other players to guess your word when the obvious clue words are forbidden

Scattergories (age 12 years and up)- come up with the most unique and creative answers in each category, when given a beginning letter

Marge Morris M.A., CCC/SLP

 

What Are We Blogging about in December?
Behavioral Strategies for Young Children with Developmental Delay.

Jessie L. Ginsburg, MS, CCC-SLP has identified a problem many teachers, parents and professionals face when trying to facilitate a child’s transition from one activity to the next. Counting down is a widely used strategy, where the adult sets a time frame and counts the final seconds before the transition will take place. (more)

Laura Drower & Julie Levin
Wee Speech, P.C.

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