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.


Welcome Back!

Summer is over, and we’re looking forward to a wonderful school year! Here’s an interesting article about ways to ask your child about his or her school day.


Welcome back, students! And to the parents… Thank you for all you do at home!


Erin Fleischer, Susan Serreze, Tanya Scott, Julia Levin & Lianna Ramage

The Placentino SLPs

If your child is working on certain speech sounds this summer, try providing him/her with some focused sound stimulation by reading books that have many examples of his/her special speech sound.  When you read the books to your child, say your child’s special speech sound louder.  Visit your local library to find some books.  Here is a list of books organized by sounds:

Two Tiny Mice by Alan Baker
Tyler, Toad and the Thunder by Robert Crowe
Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
Time of Wonder by Robert McClosky
Time to Get out of the Bath by Shirley Wiesner and David Tuesday

Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day
Kit and Kat by Tomie De Paola
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Curious George by H.A. Rey
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Some Smug Slug by Pamela Edwards
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Giving by Shirley Hughes
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Fortunately by Remy Charlip
Don't Forget the Bacon by Pat Hutchins
Flossie and the Fox by Patricia McKissack
Fix-It by David McPhail
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

Pickle Things by Marc Brown
Good-Night Owl by Deborah Guarino
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Lyle Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Weber

Miss Nelson (series) by H. Allard & J. Marshall
Sid and Sam by Nola Buck
Super Socks by Lynell Johnson
Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley
Shhhhh by Kevin Henkes
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw 
Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw
Splish, Splash! by Sarah Weeks