by Katharine Elsbree M.S., CCC/SLP

Autism.  It’s in the news.  I would venture to say most people outside of the “therapy world” have heard news stories, read headlines, or personally know of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  A wealth of information on funding, fundraising, research, diagnosis and treatment litters the web.  The most amazing part of this is the publicity that this disorder has received in the last ten years alone.  This is the people’s response to the disorder’s prevalence reaching 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys) and growing still.

We are here to help.  Children with a diagnosis of ASD often receive speech-language, occupational, and/or physical therapies as part of an intensive and comprehensive treatment plan involving the child, his or her parents and many professionals.  In fact, it is recommended that children receive 25 hours of structured intervention per week during the preschool period.  Once a child reaches school-age, his needs are addressed through an IEP (individualized Education Plan) as well as outside therapies as needed.  Speech-language pathologists work to address social skills, language and communication, imitation, and play skills.  As April comes to a close, please think about learning more about Autism, lending support to a family with an Autistic child, or joining in the fight for a cure.  For more information, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org

Summer Scheduling Begins!

 

The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, the flowers are growing…spring will quickly turn into summer (we hope!).  Is your summer schedule filling up?  What activities do you have planned for your children…learning at day camp, visiting one of our many local parks, splashing at the pool, or building sand castles at the beach?  Will your family be taking any vacations this summer?  Please let your therapist know of any changes that will affect your normal therapy time(s).

Here at Wee Speech we have already begun preparing our summer schedules (not as much fun as the beach!) and would like to try to accommodate your family’s needs.  We are also offering three types of group therapy…would your child benefit from one of them?  Please consider joining one of our summer’s small groups…

  • Social Language Group designed to help children navigate through building peer relationships integrating their speech and language skills in a social setting.
  • Early Literacy Group designed for children who will be attending kindergarten through 2nd grade.  Focusing on introducing and reinforcing early literacy skills.
  • Picky Eaters Group designed for children who eat a limited variety of foods or show stress around mealtimes.

We look forward to hearing your interest.  Happy Summer Planning!