February 2019

In the Clinic
Cold and flu season is well underway. Please keep you child home from therapy if they have a fever, cough or actively runny nose.


This Month

On the

Wee Speech Website:

 

App of the Month

Social Quest

Word Wall

February words, definitions, sentences and activities to print

 

February Blog Postings

 

In the Waiting Room

Guess How Many?This month's winner is

Cate B.

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!!

 

February Birthdays!!

Matt B.

Asher H.

Tsiyona M..

Solly R.

Sadie S.

James W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2019 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.

 


What’s Next? Strategies for Reinforcing Sequencing Skills

Sequencing is the ability to arrange language, actions, information and thoughts in a logical order. It is an important concept for children to develop since it allows them to recognize patterns that help them understand and predict what is happening around them. The ability to sequence is an important skill for comprehension, writing and reading.

We use sequencing skills to understand how to perform tasks that require steps to be done in a certain order and to talk about something that happened in the past in a logical manner so that others can follow the story. Sequencing issues can affect a child’s ability to follow instructions, communicate effectively and complete multi-step tasks.

There are things you can do at home to help your child develop these skills. Introduce sequencing words such as first, next, then, finally, before and after, and use them often. Using the words during everyday activities can help build your child’s understanding. For example, if you are getting breakfast for your child, you might say: “First we put the cereal in the bowl.  Next, we pour milk on it. Then, it’s ready for you to eat.” Then, have your child explain what they did first, second, third, etc.

Here are a few other activities for reinforcing sequencing skills:

Sequencing Photos: Use photos of special events or activities.  Scramble the order of the photos and help your child arrange the photos in the correct sequence.  For example, “This is when I had my birthday party.  First, we all played games.  Next, we ate pizza. Then, I blew out the candles on my cake.  Finally, I opened my presents.” 

Cooking:  Get in the kitchen together and prepare simple foods using a few ingredients/steps. For young children, make a sandwich or a snack that does not require the use of the oven or stove. For older kids, you can follow a simple recipe. Talk about the food preparation as you go. Then, have the child repeat the steps, draw a series of pictures showing how they made it, or write down the steps.

Story Sequencing- Read books or watch TV together and then encourage them to tell the story back to you. If they can’t come up with a clear beginning, middle and end, help them to put the story in order. For young readers, cut out simple sentences from stories or create your own on a computer. Use a story with four to six sentences. Begin with two sentences to tell the beginning and end, then add a sentence until all the sentences are in order.

 

Resources:

http://blog.stageslearning.com/blog/what-happens-next-strategies-for-teaching-your-child-sequencing-skills

https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/167%20sequencing.pdf

https://www.understood.org/en

 

We Continue to Learn
Our team will be attending the annual Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association Conference this month. Watch this space for their reviews of interesting workshops we attended!

What Are We Blogging about in January?
Cultural differences in communication

The American Speech Language Hearing Association emphasizes the importance of Speech-Language Pathologists having both cultural and linguistic competence in the profession. ASHA goes on to explain that whereas human nature is inherited, cultural competence is learned. (more)

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

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