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







Sunday, May 15, is TSC Global Awareness Day. As defined on http://www.tscinternational.org/, “Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder that causes non-malignant tumors to form in many different organs, primarily in the brain, eyes, heart, kidney, skin and lungs. The aspects of TSC that most strongly impact quality of life are generally associated with the brain: seizures, developmental delay, intellectual disability and autism. However, many people with TSC are living independent, healthy lives and enjoying challenging professions such as doctors, lawyers, educators and researchers.  The incidence and severity of the various aspects of TSC can vary widely between individuals—even between identical twins.” – See more at: http://www.tscinternational.org/pages.aspx?content=6#sthash.pW5YBv5G.dpuf


One of our students here in Holliston has Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, or TSC. Charlotte is a cheerful girl who loves to laugh and have fun.


Charlotte’s mom kindly shared the following:

“Last year Charlotte’s Dad created the campaign of #IAMTSC. The idea is that even though this disease is rare, it touches not only the person living with it but all of their friends, family, teachers, doctors, etc.  We are all one working together to better the lives of people with TSC and to one day find a cure.  He [Charlotte’s dad] wrote and directed a series of public service announcements and of course included Charlotte’s story in this one:

Here are some other sites:
We are so grateful everyday that Charlotte has the gift of language.  So many kids are non-verbal and are never able to really communicate.  When Charlotte was a baby, she had a very damaging type of seizure called Infantile Spasms.  Unfortunately, they went undiagnosed for almost 5 months before she started the medication that stopped them.  This could have really affected her language but she has worked so hard to talk and we feel so blessed that she continues to make such great progress with her speech.”


Thanks for taking the time to read this! Please check out the links listed above for more information!