May 2017

In the Clinic

Summer schedule forms are out! This year we sent an email link to the form. Please let your therapist know if you didn't receive it.

This Month

On the

Wee Speech Website:


App of the Month

Kids Reading -
I Like Spring

Word Wall

May words, definitions, sentences and activities to print.


May Blog Postings


In the Waiting Room

Guess How Many?

We have a tie this month! Congratulations Lior K. and Zach S.!

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!!


May Birthdays!!

Sawyer D. 5/9

Elliot H. 5/10

Maya D. 5/12

Peter S. 5/15

Madeline S. 5/19

Rinat D. 5/24

Jean J. 5/30
































May 2017 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Did you know that there are many speech, language and hearing skills involved in learning to play a board game?

Early board games are available and plentiful in stores and on online sites.  By the age of 3, a child is often eager to play these games with children of similar age, generally with adult support.  These games are usually theme based with few rules.  The rules are generally read to and understood by the child.  It is then expected a child will know that they will play by waiting for each play partner to take their turn in the game, understand the means to the end (e.g. to win you must get all the candy to the last square), and lastly to accept the unspoken aspects of game playing (e.g. learning to be a gracious winner/loser, watching game play when other’s are taking their turn).

So where can things go wrong?  A breakdown in game playing can occur if the child didn’t understand the rules, has difficulty paying attention, misinterprets what another player may be doing or has trouble with sportsmanship.

If your child demonstrates difficulty in visual and or auditory attention, language comprehension or pragmatic language skills, it may be likely that playing board games will be a challenge without direct instruction.

Were you aware that Wee Speech will be offering a summer “board game” group?  This group will focus on developing the necessary skills for your child’s success in learning to play board games.

Feel free to email us at or call Julie at (847) 329-8226 to discuss this group.

Julie Levin, M.S., CCC/SLP, C/NDT

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

What Are We Blogging about in May?
Why is my child's speech so hard to understand?

This Month in the Speech and Language Q/A Column, Kate discusses child directed play.

Dear SLP,

My two-year old son is a late talker. We've been doing speech therapy for a few sessions now. The therapist is really pushing “child-directed” play. Can you explain a little about this and why it's so important? 


Puzzled About Play

Dear Puzzled About Play,

Thanks for your question. The Seattle Children's Hospital defines child-directed play as a form of “one-to-one play between you and your child in which your child directs and leads”. (more)

Physical Therapy Notes
Lisa Barich PT

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For more information contact Lisa Barich, PT