It is so exciting to see your child begin on the road to using AAC to communicate.  As everyone is getting used to it, it can be hard to fit it into an already busy afternoon!   The Assistiveware Core Classroom has 5 minute fillers which can be great for home use as well.  These fillers are centered around everyday activities, and target words and phrases are provided.  Having everyone around the child modeling these words during the activity is a great way to immerse him/her in modeling of the device.  Some 5-minute fillers that would be very fun for summer include:

Have a great summer!!!


Growth Mindset is a concept that teachers and therapists throughout Placentino have adopted as a tool to encourage our students to learn and to persevere.

Below is a poster that serves as a parent guide, as well as a link to an additional helpful visual. Many of our students have really bought into the ideas that “I can grow my brain,” “Making mistakes helps my brain to learn,” “Trying something difficult helps me learn,” etc.! It is pretty amazing to see the progress we’ve observed with some of our students by introducing these concepts.


A Parent's Guide to GM


Both of these are free downloads from Schoolhouse Diva on Teacherspayteachers.com.


Parents often share with us that it can be frustrating to try to “pull” information about a child’s school day from him or her once the child is home again. The conversation might look something like:

Parent: How was school today?

Child: Good/fine/great/okay.

Parent: What did you do?

Child: I don’t know/nothing much

Parent: …

Below is a link to a free handout from The Reading Bungalow (found on Teacherspayteachers.com) that might help to frame some of these conversations.

Questions for Parent Child Conversation

If open ended questions don’t seem to be working, another option is to provide choices. For example, “Sally, did you have recess inside or outside today?” “Did you have Science or Art?” etc.

Taking time to talk with your child is a wonderful way to expand on his or her communication skills! 

Children are spending too much time in front of screens.  According to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, many children spend an average of 7 1/2 hours a day interacting with screens.  What are the costs of all this screen time?  One important consequence is that children’s time engaging in face-to-face social interactions has decreased as the preference for screen time has increased. Researchers at UCLA have shown that all this screen time is lowering kids’ social skills.  For more information about this, go to:





Happy New Year! The Placentino SLPs would like to wish all families a happy, healthy and fun filled 2017.

Here is a list of apps which can be used to help promote speech and language skills in  children.

Speech Language Apps

Some headphones and earbuds emit sounds so loud they could cause hearing loss.  Read this article to find out how to protect yourself and your family:

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The following link contains a collection of games that are beneficial for all children. This collection includes game ideas, video models of games that parents can watch and learn from. Video models are also a wonderful way for children with ASD to watch, imitate and learn. Tips and strategies for making games and play more educational and more fun are also included.