November 2018

In the Clinic
In order to avoid a no show charge, please remember to cancel your child's session if he/she will be out for a holiday.


This Month

On the

Wee Speech Website:

 

App of the Month

Thanksgiving Match!

Word Wall

November words, definitions, sentences and activities to print

 

November Blog Postings

 

In the Waiting Room

Guess How Many?This month's winner is Walter 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!!

 

November Birthdays!!

Ashley A.

Joey D.

Gabe G.

Sebastian H.

Moosa H.

Zoe L.

Eli M.

Will M.

Jacob P.

Yisroel R.

Alexander R.

Ira S.

Harrison W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2018 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.

 


Upcoming Presentation for Parents
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

Fall Fun

Our creative speech team has put together a monthly themed resource list for the clinic. We'd like to share a few of their fun November projects and ideas for speech language practice:

Helping Your Young Child Increase Their Attention Span
A child’s ability to sustain attention is critical to learning. To help you improve your child’s attention span, here are some things you should know about attention and some tips to motivate your child to focus:

Paying attention is the first step in learning, and alertness is critical in the attention process.  If we are going to listen to someone or figure out how to do a task, we need to feel alert and ready.  Just as our bodies require physical energy if we are going to exercise, our brains need mental energy if we are going to think. It is easier for most people to pay attention to things that are interesting or exciting to them, and harder to pay attention to things that do not interest us. It’s difficult to pay attention when we are tired or not feeling well.

In order to pay attention, we must also ignore other things around us that might distract us.  Distractions might be things we see or hear, or even our own bodies.  Be aware if something is getting in the way of your child paying attention. Are they hungry or tired?  If necessary, give your child a healthy snack before they start a structured task. When working with your child, choose a location that has as few distractions as possible.  This might mean putting extra toys in a closet or cabinet, clearing off the table or making sure that the television or computer is turned off. 

Have realistic expectations: What is an appropriate amount of time to expect your child to pay attention?  As a general rule, a typical child’s attention span varies from two to five minutes per year of their age.  So, for example, a three year old should be able to focus for 6 to 15 minutes, depending on the task, and other variables such as time of day, distractions, and physical state. If your child has difficulty paying attention, start with their chronological age plus one minute as a goal. 

Get down to their level: When engaging your young child in an activity, be physically close to them and sit face to face as you talk.  Make eye contact and use short, simple sentences.
Let them move: Children who struggle with attention often do better if they are given brief breaks to move around.  Breaking up activities into shorter intervals, providing a quick stretching or jumping break, having a dance, or taking play outdoors can help children come back to a task with more motivation and ready to “work”.

Make it fun: For some children to be fully engaged in play, it needs to be something that they are already curious about or have initiated on their own, so you might start with a favorite game or toy.  For others, novelty is a motivator, so they are more likely to focus on a new toy that they haven’t seen  or played with before. You can gradually progress to less motivating activities. 

Children are more likely to complete a task if they know an end is in sight.  When working on building attention, you might start by playing with toys that have a clear ending point such as puzzles, books and shape sorters.  If your child starts to lose interest, you can help them complete the task and then they can move on to the next activity. 

Be positive: Create positive associations with structured activities by starting with shorter periods of time so that you leave your child wanting more. Take breaks or change the activity if your child becomes frustrated, upset or anxious. Positive words and encouragement will go a long way to keep your child engaged in play with you. Above all, enjoy the one-on-one time with your child and have fun!

http://www.cdl.org/articles/what-is-attention/

https://www.livescience.com/54594-tips-to-improve-infants-attention-span.html

by: Marge Morris, M.A., CCC-SLP

What Are We Blogging about in November?
The importance of inference in reading comprehension.
For children with language and learning differences, reading comprehension can be a significant challenge. Reading comprehension skills can be an indicator of academic and psychosocial outcomes for school aged children. (more)

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

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