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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.

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/understanding-childs-challenges/talking-with-your-child/how-to-say-it-questions-to-ask-your-child-about-school

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

Sincerely,

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:

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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

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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

/g/
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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Check out the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) page about Better Hearing and Speech Month!

ASHA’s BHSM Link

Additionally, the following song was written by one of ASHA’s staff members. He was inspired by his mother, who suffers from a Communication disorder. It’s worth watching!

ASHA Music Video

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The month of April has been recognized as Autism Awareness Month since the early 1970’s in the United States. This is a special opportunity to educate the public about autism. However, many have felt that Autism Acceptance Month would make for a better message (and we SLPs agree!). Below is a handout created by The Speech Bubble SLP (from teacherspayteahers.com) that briefly shares some facts about Autism.

AutismAwarenessHandout

Autism Awareness Handout

“Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing. … But autism … is as much about what is abundant as what is missing.” -Paul Collins, Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism

 

Below is a list of books for children grades k-5 that focus on raising awareness not only about Autism but also everyone’s differences.  For additional resources please visit AutismSpeaks and NeuroTribes .

K – 1st

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis

It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

Some Monsters are Different by David Milgrim

 1st – 5th

The Autism Acceptance Book by Ellen Sobin

In My Mind: The World through the Eyes of Autism by Adonya Wong

Ian’s Walk by Laurie Lears and Albert Whitman 

Good Morning!

We recently came across a great resource for targeting specific areas of language using regular storybooks. We’ve received permission from the author of this document, Dr. Bonnie Berg, to share it with you. Click the link below the picture to download the list. Enjoy!

-The Placentino SLPs

Book List by Language Target

http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/Tuning-In-to-Others-How-Young-Children-Develop.aspx