October 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

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App of the Month

Learn to Read with Tommy Turtle

Word Wall

October words, definitions, sentences and activities to print

 

October Blog Postings

 

In the Waiting Room

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

 

October Birthdays!!

Caroline D.

Max G.

Akiva G.

Kyler K.

Pavle K.

Gabe M.

Omar O.

Lazer R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2018 edition of the Wee Speech Newsletter.

 


Rhythm, The Brain, and your Ears

The sense of hearing does not just start and end in your ears-it also involves your brain! Of all the brain connections, the auditory-motor connections in your brain are among the strongest. When we speak, our motor connections in our brain sync together as we hear our speech and the other sounds in our environment. Because of these syncing connections, we tend to naturally speak more loudly when in a noisy room than we would in a quiet place because our brain knows to offset added noise.

Research shows that rhythm has a significant impact on our brain. Studies have shown that people who are skilled in music and those who can maintain a steady beat often have strong language and reading skills. Research also suggests that when our brains are functioning in a rhythmic state, we are able to communicate more effectively because our brains are better at syncing different types of feedback all at once, similar to multi tasking.

 

Interactive Metronome is a program that provides a steady beat much like a traditional metronome used by musicians to keep tempo. IM is used as a training tool to develop the ability to keep time while performing cognitive tasks. Research suggests that with the application of rhythm, cognitive and language skills can be more effectively targeted in the therapy setting.

IM provides auditory and visual cues during basic clapping tasks. Studies have shown that with the use of this tool, kids who were able to successfully complete the basic clapping tasks performed significantly better on early language and reading tests. With an understanding of rhythm, kids demonstrated better knowledge of spoken language which correlated with greater knowledge of phonics and grammar skills. IM is also said to be helpful for adolescent children; adolescents who have performed well with the tool have shown brain responses more consistent with those of adults than children, suggesting there could be a benefit of cognitive maturation tied to the auditory-motor feedback coming from IM.  Use of IM could be promising in remediating the challenges of auditory processing, language, and reading disorders in children.
Wee Speech will be hosting an Intreractive Metronome Training in Spring of 2019. Contact the office to learn more!

 

By: Krisitn Hupp M.A., CCC/SLP


We Continue to Learn
Wee Speech had the pleasure of hosting a Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) course through The Center for AAC & Autism at the end of September! LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach which focuses on creating unique and consistent motor plans to facilitate independent communication. This approach is designed for individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities to increase their ability to spontaneously express themselves using a speech generating augmentative device. Using this approach, icons on the device will stay in their assigned location throughout the lifespan to encourage consistent motor plans. This helps the individual successfully navigate the device and accurately select icons when communicating.
Early users of AAC devices must learn the natural consequences of communication to associate words with meaning. For example, teaching an early communicator with limited spontaneous speech that using the icon “eat” will result in an item of food to eat will assist in adding meaning to words. Pairing the icons with an immediate response will teach the individual that there is power in communication!
For more information regarding LAMP or alternative methods of communication, please feel free to reach out to your child’s treating therapist or call (847)-329-8226.

By: Melanie Greenspan M.S., CCC/SLP

What Are We Blogging about in October?
The link between football and traumatic brain injury.
Another football-filled fall is here, and many fans and non-fans alike are prompted to think about this beloved national sport and its affect on the millions of kids and adults that play. (more)

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

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