SPRING BREAK SPEECH?

Spring Break is a great opportunity for private speech-language pathologists to “think outside of the box” also known as “therapy outside of the clinic”. I had not planned on doing anything different for therapy the week of Spring Break. However, the week before it occurred, one of my little guys shared with me that he had gone to a local family fun arcade type of place. He also shared that his favorite game is “the circle game where you bang them together”. I have been to this location many times with my own children and I had no idea what he was trying to explain. Luckily his mother helped me out and we figured out he was talking about playing air hockey! Of course, after hearing his description, I had the fun idea to have our speech therapy at the arcade during Spring Break.

“the circle game where you bang them together” aka air hockey

“the circle game where you bang them together” aka air hockey

Sidenote: As a working mom, holding speech therapy at the arcade was a win-win. My son (pictured, with green hair) was happy to leave the house and was a bonus for my little friend to meet.

I have been on many field trip when employed by a preschool and public schools. During that time, I would often receive eye rolls or looks of disbelief when I told someone that I would be going on the field trips and doing speech. But getting out of the office and in a public space is often extremely beneficial for the client. Places such as the mall, restaurants, bowling, and the arcade are the child’s natural environment -much more than a therapy room should be!

A few of the skills that I target in these places include: receptive vocabulary, expressive vocabulary, following simple directions, following multi-step directions, turn-taking, feeding skills, social mealtime skills, volume control, asking appropriate questions, responding to questions, gaining attention appropriately, making inferences, producing target sounds, eye contact, speaking in fluent sentences and so on. Plus you often see a side of the kid that you haven't seen before. For example, I did not know that my very-talkative-in-therapy little guy would not answer a question asked by someone he did not know such as a cashier. It was such an eye opener for me.

So get out of your chair, the floor, your office, your school and go enjoy your therapy session! Happy Spring Break!

SPRING BREAK FUN: LEGO Social Skills Camp!

I am so excited to announce that FayettevilleSpeaks will be offering an awesome way for your kiddos to spend part of their Spring Break this year. This week long day camp will serve as a sneak peek of camps that will be offered this summer!

FayettevilleSpeaks is offering a LEGO based Social Skills Camp! This is a research and evidence based program facilitated by a nationally certified, state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. The LEGO camp improves social skills and self esteem difficulties associated with Autism. Asperger Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Down Syndrome and more. Social interaction and communication skills will be the primary focus of the LEGO camp. The kids will be having so much fun they won’t even notice they are working on improving skills!

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The LEGO Social Skills Camp will help the kids work on cooperation, problem solving, reciprocal conversation, attention and flexibility. This evidence-based program uses the power of LEGOS- highly structured, predictable and systemic toys- to build social connections.

The specific skills we hope to address during this camp include the following: making a good first impression, communication and conversation skills, reading nonverbal behavior, raising self-esteem, coping with teasing, managing stress, solving social problems, resolving conflicts and managing anger.

Research studies have shown that the LEGO Social Skills program increases a child’s social skills through increasing self-initiated social contact, increasing duration of social contact, improving social competence, and generalizing the social skills to other settings such as the playground and school cafeteria.

This program sounds so amazing to me. I cannot wait to have a few of these groups playing and learning such important social skills!

The Spring Break LEGO Social Skills Camp is going to be offered at a lower price than the summer programs. FayettevilleSpeaks is also attempting to offer the camp at times that may be beneficial to the parent over Spring Break. We understand how difficult childcare can be when the schools are on vacation!

The LEGO Social Skills Camp will be offered in half days session. The children are able to attend both morning and afternoon sessions if interested in that option. The following options are available:

Morning sessions 9-12

Afternoon sessions 1-4

$50 per session. $80 for full day.

Minimum of 3 half day sessions.

All camps have before care (8am-9am) and after care (4pm-5pm) for an additional $25 per day, if needed

SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve your spot today! ($25 non-refundable reservation fee)

20% discount if paid in full by February 28, 2019

All Spring Break Campers will receive 10% off of Summer Camps

This program does not replace speech-language therapy.

I hope some of you find this as exciting as I do and will register your child to have some Spring Break LEGO fun! You may call (479) 466-5976 or email FayettevilleSpeaks@gmail.com for more information. LEGO Social Skills Camp registration forms can now be found on www.FayettevilleSpeaks.com. You can also use the website to pay online by Pay Pal or you can send a check with registration form to FayettevilleSpeaks, 311 W Spring Street, Fayetteville, Ar 72701

Hope to hear from you!

Peace, love and speech therapy.

Stacy

Copy of 2019... the rest of the language toys

Hello friends! And hello 2019! I realize that I did not finish my list of recommended language toys for Christmas! The good news is that the toys are still available! The other good news is the reason I did not get the blog updated before Christmas. My private practice suddenly has been keeping me so busy that I have not had the time to spend writing a blog post. I am disappointed that I did not get to share these exciting toys with you before Christmas but I am very excited that my speech-language caseload is growing!

I am going to briefly share the other items that I am recommending to be used for language elicitation and language stimulation. Click the included links for more information and to order directly.

In this blog post, I am sharing 2 games that would be great to use for language skills of a kiddo who is in speech-language therapy during their high school years. I was employed as a high school speech-language pathologist for a total of 6 years. My high school kiddos would have really enjoyed the following 2 games:

1) Bring your own Book

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO READ MORE AND TO ORDER

https://amzn.to/2R99lJk

2) Say It!

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO READ MORE AND ORDER GAME

https://amzn.to/2R99lJk

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SAY IT

ages 10+ (can target abstract thinking, vocabulary, sequencing, following directions and more)

2019... the rest of the language toys

Hello friends! And hello 2019! I realize that I did not finish my list of recommended language toys for Christmas! The good news is that the toys are still available! The other good news is the reason I did not get the blog updated before Christmas. My private practice suddenly has been keeping me so busy that I have not had the time to spend writing a blog post. I am disappointed that I did not get to share these exciting toys with you before Christmas but I am very excited that my speech-language caseload is growing!

I am going to briefly share the other items that I am recommending to be used for language elicitation and language stimulation. Click the included links for more information and to order directly.

In this blog post, I am sharing 2 games that would be great to use for language skills of a kiddo who is in speech-language therapy during their high school years. I was employed as a high school speech-language pathologist for a total of 6 years. My high school kiddos would have really enjoyed the following 2 games:

1) Bring your own Book

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO READ MORE AND TO ORDERt

https://amzn.to/2FcoCSk



2) Say It!

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO READ MORE AND ORDER GAME

https://amzn.to/2SGSRos


byobook.jpg
sayitgame.jpg

SAY IT

ages 10+ (can target abstract thinking, vocabulary, sequencing, following directions and more)

The top 13 language toys for Christmas (part 2)

GAMES AND TOYS FOR THE YOUNGER KIDS

The 2 items that I am showing you today are geared for the younger kids. These younger kids often have shorter attention spans and move quickly from one activity to the next. I am always happy to have new activities to capture their attention. These two items provide fun while creating language learning opportunities.

The first item is one of my favorite games on this list. I would definitely have bought this for my personal home use with my own children. I know my children, especially my daughter, would have played with this often. SEEK-A-BOO is a seek and find memory game. It includes 36 pairs of pictures of real objects divided into “seek me” and “find me” cards. At the easiest level of play, this game can be played as one big typical memory game. The parent (or speech-language pathologist) can vary the level of the game dependent on each child’s age and/or abilities. During play, vocabulary, turn-taking, following directions, articulation skills and more can be targeted. I think this game would be a wonderful activity on the rare days that I surprise my speech kiddos and inform them that they are “therapist for the day”. During these sessions, I pull out an activity and the child gets to lead the activity by asking me questions or having me follow directions. The kids love it and we get a lot of language usage from these sessions. This game is just the type of activity I like to use for those sessions. Even though the recommended age is 18 months+, I am sure my 5 year old speech kiddos would love SEEK-A-BOO too!



The second item is called MIX OR MATCH ANIMALS. Kindness and Joy Toys store also had a Mix and Match Vehicles set. The Animals set contains 4 animals: crocodile, giraffe, elephant, and tiger. Each animal is magnetic and comes apart in 3 pieces- head, trunk of body, and feet. They can be “mixed or matched” together to create some pretty silly combinations. This set of animals could be used in pretend play, vocabulary development, sequencing, following directions, language expansion and more. Language stimulation and language elicitation will most certainly occur with this fun toy! This would be an easy and fairly quiet (except for the silly animal noises kids like to make) take-along activity in the car or to a restaurant.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about these two recommended Christmas gifts for your younger children. Once again, I have provided Amazon links to the items in case you would like to purchase an item. The SEEK-A-BOO game appears to be a fun, interactive game in which the family could enjoy together. The MIX AND MATCH ANIMALS appears to be a toy that has the ability to provide fun while playing with your child during pretend play or your child may prefer parallel play (playing with same item as you next to you). Even if he prefers parallel play, you can continue to model language usage during the interaction. The kids might even actually play with these animal independently for a few minutes and let mom, dad, or grandma take a breath (or a therapist write a session progress note)! Let me hear your thoughts on these games/toys if you get them for your favorite kiddo!

Peace, love, and speech therapy,

Stacy