February 2016

In the Clinic

We are still missing updated forms from a few of our families. Please return the completed forms to the office as soon as possible.

This Month

On the

Wee Speech Website:


App of the Month

Build A Truck

Word Wall

February words, definitions, sentences and activities to print.


February Blog Postings


In the Waiting Room

Guess How Many?

The winner of this month’s Special Guess How Many is Aidan B.. Congratulations to Aidan! 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 magazine rack in the Clinic waiting room. The drawing is at the end of the month and a special prize awaits the winner!!

Good Luck!!


February Birthdays!!

Tali R. 2/2

Moses Z. 2/9

Blake C. 2/14

Gus F. 2/22

Talia R. 2/26

Tom J. 2/28





























February 2016 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.


What’s all the buzz about pacifiers?

Infants and toddlers continue to use pacifiers.  Parents have used a pacifier to calm an infant, to distract a toddler, to facilitate sleep or even to reduce ear pain during flight.  These uses are often short term and purpose specific.  For some, pacifier use has been doctor or therapist recommended (to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, to aid pre-term infants and the development of non-nutritive sucking).  However, when the pacifier is used frequently or too long (beyond 2-3 years of age) the risk of dental, swallowing and or atypical speech patterns may occur. Research on pacifier use has shown that infants who used pacifiers have an increase in otitis media (ear infections). It is believed that pacifiers may be impairing middle ear functioning.  Research has also shown that long term use of pacifiers is believed to change the bones of the mouth that support the teeth which in turn, changes the position of the tongue in the mouth.  All of these subtle changes may negatively affect swallowing and speech production.

Most recently, Alison Bruderer, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, researched the effects of English speaking 6 month olds who had teething toys in their mouths while listening to two similar but distinct Hindi sounds.  Results revealed that the children were unable to discriminate between the sounds. This limited but useful research may reveal that infants need to not only hear sounds but also have freedom of tongue movements to aid in motor learning for speech development.

The pacifier can be a great tool used for a short period of time for specific purposes.  More and more research points toward moving your infant/toddler away from a pacifier as early as one year of age so that he/she has the best opportunity to develop normal dentition, swallowing and speech and language skills.

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What Are We Blogging about in February? Smart Phone Accessibility!

Are you using your iPhone or Android to its fullest potential? You might not be taking advantage of the free opportunities to personalize your smart phone or iPad. (more)

This Month in the Speech and Language Q/A Column, Kate discusses the use of AACto support communication.

Dear SLP,
My son has been in speech therapy for about seven months now for his speech – he has a lot of sounds to work on. The therapist has been using what she calls augmentative and alternative communication in the form of pictures and the iPad that helps form sentences for him. I'm a bit confused because when I look online, this device stuff seems to be for kids with autism or other kids of disorders. Why use it with my son?
Tablet for Talking?

Dear Tablet for Talking,
Actually, the use of augmentative-alternative communication, or AAC is a great tool for kids (and adults!) with severe speech disorders. These speech impairments can be the result of articulation/phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, dyspraxia or dysarthria.  More importantly, it is critical to remember that children with severe speech impairments have difficulty meeting their daily wants and needs through natural speech. (more)

Physical Therapy Notes
Lisa Barich PT

What is NDT?
Perhaps you have noticed these letters after your therapist's signature? What do they mean? They stand for Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists who have taken an 8 week course for The Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromotor Disorders or a 3 week course for Adult Stroke and Brain Injury have a certification in this treatment technique. These therapists must continue course work in the area of NDT to maintain their certification completing 20 continuing education hours every 3 years.

Paraphrased from The Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association Home page (www.ndta.org): NDT is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model informed by current and evolving research that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on movement analysis for rehabilitation of individuals with neurological pathophysiology. Using the ICF(International Classification of Functioning) model, the therapist applies a problem-solving approach to assess activity and participation to identify and prioritize relevant strengths and impairments as a basis for the establishment of achievable outcomes with clients and caregivers. An in-depth understanding of typical and atypical development, and expertise in analysis of postural control, movement, activity, and participation throughout the lifespan, form the basis for examination, evaluation, and intervention.


For more information contact Lisa Barich, PT

ABS Behavioral Services Corner

Sarah Hively, MS, BCBA Exectuive Director ABS Behavioral Services sarah@abs.behavioralservices.com
Please visit us on the web at: http://www.absbehavioralservices.com/
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Please feel free to email questions to Sarah Hively BCBA.

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