July 2016

In the Clinic

Our Fall Scheduling meeting will take place the last week in July. We will be sending out scheduling preference sheets shortly. Please return them as soon as possible.

This Month

On the

Wee Speech Website:


App of the Month

Toca Nature

Word Wall

July words, definitions, sentences and activities to print.


July Blog Postings


In the Waiting Room

Guess How Many?

The winner of this month’s Guess How Many Jar is Gus F.. Congratulations Gus! 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!!


July Birthdays!!

Brendan R. 7/2

Dina L. 7/3

Hannah M. 7/11

Dylan B. 7/13

Shlomo E. 7/13

Eliana L. 7/17

Arsheel L. 7/24

Jackson P. 7/26

Miles P. 7/30





























July 2016 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.


We are Moving!!

We have exciting news! Wee Speech, Timber Ridge, ABS Behavioral Services, Lisa Barich, and North Shore Family Services will be moving in to a lovely, large new space on December 1, 2016. The new clinic will be located at 8707 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie - just a few blocks east of our current location!

Beyond the Clinic: A series of monthly topics based on the latest research.

The fifth installment in our series concerns the ability of music training to improve speech perception in a noisy environment.

Did your parents ever require music lessons? Perhaps at the time you didn't like practicing, but new research indicates they might have been supporting our development in more ways than one. Researchers at Northwestern found that systematic music training can help our brains interpret speech in noisy environments. For more information check out this article: http://www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu/documents/Slater%20et%20al%20BBR2015.pdf

By: Annie Gatziolis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Like Us?
Are you a Facebook user?  If so, this contest is for you!  The 140th person who “likes” our Wee Speech page will win a $5 Dunkin Donuts card.

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

What Are We Blogging about in July? Online Games to Help Boost Reading Skills!

Does your kindergartener-2nd grader need an extra reading boost over the summer? Improving phonological awareness (syllable counting, rhyming, segmenting, and word manipulation) has been proven to help improve a child's reading ability. (more)

This Month in the Speech and Language Q/A Column, Kate discusses speech sound disorder and reading skill development.

Dear SLP, My son is four and we are currently in therapy treating his speech sound disorder. I recently read online that my son my be at-risk for reading difficulty because of his speech issues. Is this true? What should I expect for school?
Sincerely, Speech and School

Dear Speech and School, There is no black-and-white answer to your question, as every child is different, however, there is evidence that suggests that significant speech impairments can negatively impact literacy. (more)

Physical Therapy Notes
Lisa Barich PT


For more information contact Lisa Barich, PT

ABS Behavioral Services Corner

Sarah Hively, MS, BCBA Executive Director ABS Behavioral Services sarah@abs.behavioralservices.com
Please visit us on the web at: http://www.absbehavioralservices.com/
Or visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Autism Bright Start/ ABS Behavioral Services

Please feel free to email questions to Sarah Hively BCBA.

Timber Ridge OT Ideas

Timber Ridge Pediatric Therapy 2016 Summer Specials Groups:
Groups are a great way to help your child generalize skills to practice in a social setting, and can be very motivating for kids. They can be in place of or in addition to individual OT. Options for group scheduling:
• four or five-day intensive (Monday through Thursday or Friday). Sign up for 1 week at a time.
• once weekly in the late afternoon
• on Saturday or Sunday


Creative Writing & Handwriting
• Led by an OT & a teacher
• We will work on legibility and grasp, as well as letter, word, sentence and story formation, and organization!
• 1st & 2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders


Yoga & Movement
• Led by an OT & Yoga instructor
• We will stretch and strengthen the body and quiet the mind with fun, interactive yoga poses and activities!
• 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds


Summer Sports Group
• Led by an OT & Professional Coach
• Focus on strength, coordination, endurance, as well as playground and specific sports skills (basketball, baseball, soccer) in a peer rich environment • 5-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds


Sensory Social Scene

• Led by a TRPT OT!!
• Focus on sensory regulation & socialization within a peer group
• 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds

Picky Eaters
• Led by a TRPT OT!!
• Focus on oral sensory integration and new food exploration
• 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds

Clinics: Clinics are 1:1 or 1:2 sessions that focus on a particular area of challenge. Clinics can be a one time session or more times if needed. Clinics this summer include:
~Bike Riding Clinic ~Writing Grasp Clinic
~Shoe Tying Clinic ~Picky Eaters Clinic

Intensives We will be offering a limited number of intensives this summer. Intensives are a great way to boost OT progress. Sessions can focus on a specific skill or stay focused on many areas. Intensives can be done 3, 4, or 5 times a week, and for one or two weeks at a time.
Call or email for more info: (849) 877-5210 info@timberridgetherapy.com

Come check out our website at http://www.timberridgetherapy.com Also- please LIKE our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TimberRidgeTherapy where you can ask questions, read and share interesting articles, and keep up with Timber Ridge Therapy!  

Laura Goltz

Timber Ridge Pediatric Therapy, LLC


Social Work Services in the Clinic


If you haven't met Lisa Marie Carlson, MSW, LCSW while at our Skokie office, please say hello. All our therapists at North Shore Family Services provide tools and strategies to help you and your child/teen with stress,anxiety, social skills, behavioral struggles, executive functioning, and overall better communication. We have worked in the schools and can help guide you to include appropriate goals in your IEPs, helpful accommodations for 504 plans, or even helping teachers feel more prepared to work with kids who may not learn the way "most" kids do. We work with preschoolers up to college age "kids" as well as young adults, couples, parents, and families. We are in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield (though many of our out-of-network clients also get reimbursed for most of their costs for services) and also submit claims on your behalf (whew- less paperwork for you)!
Dori J. Mages, MSW, LCSW
Encouraging Children-Engaging Teens-Empowering Families
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