October 2016

In the Clinic

The holidays are coming up quickly. Please let your therapist know of any upcoming days off or schedule changes.

This Month

On the

Wee Speech Website:


App of the Month

Sago Mini Toolbox

Word Wall

October words, definitions, sentences and activities to print.


October Blog Postings


In the Waiting Room

Guess How Many?

The winner of this month’s Guess How Many Jar is Erica L.. Congratulations Erica! 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!!


October Birthdays!!

Max G. 10/2

Sophia S. 10/18

Lazar R. 10/21

Beckett R. 10/22

Rikki F. 10/23

Yonit F. 10/23

Eli F. 10/30
Gabe M. 10/30





























October 2016 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.


Another great NADS Convention…

Wee Speech was well represented at this year’s National Association of Down Syndrome Convention! The convention was held Saturday, October 2nd in Chicago at the Donald Stephens Center.  Laura was the program coordinator for the teen and adult programming.  Julie was a presenter within the birth to three programming and Adrian Drower spoke during Pat Politano’s speech, Using Mobile Technology for Independence and Community Living.

You can obtain the Birth to Three power point presentation Understanding speech, language and oral motor development in children with Down Syndrome and home programming ideas on the Wee Speech website.

Waiting Room

We know that the waiting room can get hectic in the afterschool hours. Please be considerate of other families and encourage inside voices! Remember, there is an additonal waiting room across the hall that is also available.

We are all looking forward to our move at the end of November to the 8707 Skokie Blvd. building. The waiting room in our new space is more than twice the size of our current room!

Weekend Hours!

Wee Speech will now be offering weekend hours. Slots are limited. Please call the office for details.

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

What Are We Blogging about in October?
Wondering what to do for fun this fall?  Check out Chicago Kids. (more)

This Month in the Speech and Language Q/A Column, Kate discusses accommodations, modfications and the IEP.


Dear SLP,
With the start of the school year, my daughter's IEP is going into effect. I have some questions regarding modifications and accommodations that she was given. What's the difference? Should I be pushing for something in particular?
Sincerely, Modification Mom

Dear Modification Mom,

Thanks for writing and thanks for being such a great advocate for your daughter. Understanding the laws behind an IEP (or an Individualized Education Plan) is important for making sure your daughter is getting the support she needs. (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:

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

Did you know that suite 307 also has social workers who can give children, teens, parents, and families a variety of helpful tools to conquer social, emotional and behavioral struggles that may be negatively impacting success?

Lisa Marie Carlson, MSW, LCSW and Jean Hausmann, MSW, LCSW give you tools and strategies you can use from the very first session. They offer individual and family sessions to children, teens, adults, and families, with the goal of giving clients the skills they need, so they no longer need treatment. North Shore Family Services is an in-network providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield and submit claims on clients' behalf. The team of experts also offers various parenting and communication presentations to groups and businesses throughout the year.

All sessions are customized to the needs and strengths of each client. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) techniques are utilized to connect thoughts to behaviors and consequences. Adults and teens can spend their sessions utilizing CBT skills to understand why they take certain actions or think about situations in particular ways. Children learn best through play, so North Shore Family Services therapists use many fun and creative ways to teach the skills as well: books, games, art projects, creative solutions, social stories, role play, puppets (for the little ones), and much more. Some areas addressed are: following a request, accepting the word no from parents, making and keeping friends, focusing, distractibility, fooling frustration, managing anger, organization, and executive functioning.

At North Shore Family Services, they believe that all the work they do with children and teens inevitably helps families. If a child is behaving better at school and home, the family is calmer. If a teen is less anxious at home and school, the family can relax too. When clients work on their struggles, the family improves each day.

When life stresses weigh on couples, it can leave both members in a vulnerable and unsettling place. The clinicians at North Shore Family Services have been trained in the most widely-accepted techniques and strategies to assist couples in navigating the difficult times and building better communication strategies.

Call for a consultation or appointment today! 847-668-4295 x 700. http://NorthShoreFamilyServices.com
Read our staff's full bios here: https://lnkd.in/bGN6sxU

North Shore Family Services Dori J. Mages, MSW, LCSW
Encouraging Children-Engaging Teens-Empowering Families
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