5 tips for talking with a teacher about a child's communication difficulties

Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Emily Gammon MS CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development.  She is offering 5 TIPS on a monthly basis to expand communication opportunities for all! 

Often times, parents can become uneasy at the beginning of the school year hoping that they and their child(ren) will get along with their new teacher(s). This can be especially difficult if the child has speech and/or language difficulties. Try these tips:  

1. Foster an open line of communication early on in the school year. It is okay to ask for emails and updates about how your child is doing during school and activities and skills that your child is working on.
2. Inform the teacher(s) about the community services your child receives as well as the therapy goals. If the teachers the child’s strengths and weaknesses, ways to help him express himself and understand others via appropriate compensatory strategies, they will be able to support your child in the classroom successfully. 
3. Foster an open line of communication between school staff and therapist(s). It can be helpful for the professionals working with your child to communicate about therapeutic activities, school activities, mastered skills and ways to overlap and reinforce one another's strategies. An Authorization For Release Of Information form is required for this communication. 
4. Schedule regular meetings with teacher(s). Share details about your child's functional skills, ways the teacher can support the child and what you will do at home to facilitate school success. 
5. Discuss ideas for community involvement and extracurricular activities with your child’s teacher. They may have great suggestions related to academics and grade-level expectations. 

Our team of speech therapists can help your child be successful in school and other settings.  

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Emily Gammon

Multidisciplinary developmental evaluations at C&FD

Monday, Sep 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

We are pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Developmental Evaluations for children ages 24 months-4 years

Our multidisciplinary infant-toddler diagnostic team offers these specialty evaluations at our Midtown Child and Family Development office. The diagnostic evaluation assesses domains for language and communication skills, early cognitive development, adaptive functioning, play skills and symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Expert diagnostic team:
Psychologists, Ashley Kies PhD or Devon Redmond PhD
Speech-Language Therapist, Melinda Schatz MA CCC-SLP

Usual and customary tools:  
• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2®)
• Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS™)
• Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (Bayley-III®) 
• Preschool Language Scales, Fifth Edition (PLS-5™)
• Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3™)

Estimated cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance)

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, Devon Redmond, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Logan Carter, speech therapist, celebrates 1 year at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Logan Carter

Logan Carter MS CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.  She is celebrating year at Child and Family Development this month.

Inspiration to help others came early for her.  She shares this story:

"When I was in middle school, I would look after my neighbor’s mother, who had dementia. We would sit together and watch her favorite shows while her daughter would be away. She never remembered my name, who I was, or why I was there. The first time we met, I was wearing my volleyball jersey. She looked at me and said in her southern accent, “Volleyball. Do you play volleyball?” I replied, “Yes ma’am, I do. Do you like volleyball?” I would wear my jersey each time I sat with her because I knew she would talk to me about volleyball. I valued the time we shared, the discussions we had, and the opportunity I gave her daughter so she could have a little time for herself. From that day forward, I knew I wanted to help people and their families communicate. That’s what inspired me to pursue the field of speech and language pathology."

...and adds: 
"The best part about working at C&FD is being able to provide our families with a multidisciplinary approach to help them meet their individual needs. In the past year, I’ve learned so much from my colleagues, our families and our clients. I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer!"

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Logan Carter

Lisa Peterson, speech therapist, celebrates 18 years at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson MS CCC-SLP is a speech therapist and primarily works at community schools. She is celebrating 18 years at Child and Family Development this month.

Lisa provides off site therapy at The Fletcher School.  She loves the interface between the classroom and speech therapy, especially given her training and experience in education.  

Although we don't see her often in the offices, she always has a smile ready for the team!  

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Lisa Peterson

Kristin Lyman SLP celebrates 2 years at Child and Family Development

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 by Child & Family Development


Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP marks 2 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Pineville office.    

She shares:

"I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with many different children and families at CFD.   Being an SLP is so rewarding and it always keeps me on my toes.  I love having such a diverse caseload- from working on language skills with toddlers, leading social skills groups,  helping kids learn to use communication devices and helping children improve feeding skills.  Each day is different from the next.  I truly enjoy getting to watch these kids grow and do amazing things."   

Happy Anniversary Kristin! 

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

Stephanie Tolley SLP celebrates 5 years at Child and Family Development

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 by Child & Family Development


Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP marks years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Pineville office.    

She has been a star pediatric therapist throughout her time at C&FD.  While we celebrate her tenure here we are also saying farewell as she transitions to a new opportunity closer to home. 

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services

5 tips to encourage preschooler's communication skills 

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Emily Gammon MS CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development.  She shares 5 pro tips for parents to encourage expressive language and receptive language in the little ones:

  1. PROVIDE CHOICES: To increase expressive language output, give your child two choices to decide between. Presenting these choices verbally and visually is helpful for your child’s cognitive organization as well as highly motivating.  It gives them a chance to choose what they want to do! Try this games, activities or even daily routines like getting dressed or choosing a breakfast item. For kids that tend to always revert to the choice on the same side, you can try presenting the options vertically, one on top of the other!
  2. TAKE YOUR TIME: Give your child a chance to respond or make a communicative attempt even if it feels a little awkward. Whether your child is a verbal or a nonverbal communicator, some kids require extra time to process the information that has been given to them and to formulate a response. Sometimes, silence is key!
  3. NARRATE: Talk about what you all are doing while it is happening. The technical word for this is parallel talk. Parallel talk gives your child the ability to hear language being used as it directly corresponds to what is happening before their eyes. You can think of it as narrating a daily routine or describing play time! Plus, it exposes your child to new vocabulary and related concepts.
  4. GAMETIME: Make a game out of building vocabulary! While preparing a meal, label stuff that is red/items in a recipe/tools being used.  While at the park or taking a walk, label items that are circles/things that moves/colors you see. This will build your child’s understanding of different words by attaching a physical object to it.  Don't be surprised to hear those words pop up in future conversations! 
  5. SHORT AND SWEET: Speak in shorter, more functional phrases. Instead of saying to a young child, “Go over there and get the green ball and bring it here, please” you could say, “green ball please” to help the child understand clearly what is being asked of them. For kids who are just starting to become verbal communicators, this type of functional language is simpler and easier to follow. The idea, too, is that the phrase is comprised in a way that the child could imitate it. Speaking in shorter phrases gives both the child an opportunity to understand what is being requested and also the ability to repeat or recreate the phrase!

Our team of speech therapists can help get communication going for your child! 

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Speech therapist, Logan Carter completes PECS® training

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Speech therapist, Logan Carter MS CCC-SLP, completed a continuing education course about the widely used Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS).   

  • Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS) Level 1 training
  • Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS) to Speech Generating Devices (SGD)- Guidelines & Recommendations

PECS was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/alternative communication intervention package for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities. It has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created with families, educators, and resident care providers in mind, so is readily used in a range of settings.  PECS begins by teaching an individual to give a picture of a desired item to a “communicative partner", who immediately honors the exchange as a request. The system goes on to teach discrimination of pictures and how to put them together in sentences. In the more advanced phases, individuals are taught to answer questions and to comment. 

PECS has been successful with individuals of all ages demonstrating a variety of communicative, cognitive and physical difficulties. Some learners using PECS also develop speech and others may transition to a speech generating or augmentative communication device. The body of research supporting the effectiveness of PECS continues to expand, with research from countries around the world.

Read more about PECS on their website

Logan enjoyed both courses and shares: 

  • The Picture Exchange Communication System®  (PECS) is a communication training program that is designed to help students who do not speak at all, speak only when prompted to, or those who exhibit no functional or socially acceptable speech. PECS is an intervention that has been researched and proven to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) communicate; however, the picture based system can also be used with a variety of individuals who have other related communication difficulties. The most essential component when learning to communicate, is initiating. The student being trained to use PECS is initially taught “how” to communicate by using a single picture in exchange for a highly motivating reward, called a reinforce. Students progress through six phases starting with single pictures, then later learn to combine pictures to make sentences. These phases are implemented across environments and with a variety of people in order for them to remain effective. PECS is extremely systematic and highly tailored to each person. I am excited that I am able to provide individuals with a functional and practical method of communication. 
  • As the person moves through all the phases of PECS, a specific and customized communication notebook is developed just for him.   Once able to use PECS across settings and with multiple communication partners, some individuals may be an ideal candidate for transitioning to a Speech Generating Device (SGD). With this training, I am more able to assist with the transition of choosing a device and teaching functional use of a device. 

The Child and Family Development team of 8 speech therapists offering free phone intakes and screens.  

  Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

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Allison Parker, speech therapist celebrates 3 years at C&FD

Friday, Jul 7, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Allison Parker

Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.  She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

She is known for her sweet and giving spirit and gentle nature.  Kids and families love her-- and so do we! 

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introducing solids, a speech therapy article review 

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, recently reviewed an article from Eat Right about introducing solids to your baby.   

The article highlights how to know when your child is ready to begin eating more varied food textures and provides developmental expectations at 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.  

Stephanie shares, "I find a lot of families are unsure about when to introduce solids. I love that this article comments on what to look for so you know when baby might be ready as every child is different and some children may be ready sooner or later than others. I think it’s also a nice outline of ages for introducing appropriate foods."

Read full article here.  

Read more about C&FD speech therapy here.      

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Child and Family Development welcomes speech therapist, Emily Gammon

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Emily Gammon MS CCC-SLP, joined the Child and Family Development team this month.      

Emily received her BA from Indiana University and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at West Virginia University.  Emily has had the opportunity to work with a vast population of children with varying speech- language, developmental and congenital disorders. She uses components of these these approaches in speech therapy: Talk Tools®, PROMPT©, Beckman© oral motor exercises and other therapeutic interventions. She has worked children with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, traumatic brain injuries, non-traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, auditory processing disorders, dysphagia/ feeding disorders and other developmental and genetic diagnoses. 

Emily enjoys working with children because of the connections she makes with the family. She enjoys watching kids progress, while helping their family members understand how to help their children effectively communicate.

She works at both the Midtown and Pineville offices.

Welcome Emily!  

Read more about our speech therapy services here.       

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Emily Gammon

Speech-Language Social Skills groups

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is pleased to offer SPEECH-LANGUAGE SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development. Speech therapists work with kids and teens to improve social skills. When there are shared goals, groups can be formed to expand opportunities for practice and friendships.

Objectives Social skills groups are for children who struggle during interactions with others. Participants focus on practical conversational skills, such as:

  • Greetings
  • Turn-taking
  • Expressing yourself
  • Initiating and maintaining conversations
  • Social awareness
  • Emotions
  • Reading nonverbal language from others
  • Problem solving difficult situations

In the group setting, speech therapists facilitate the interactions to help children understand how to navigate various social situations. Sessions involve a variety of activities including lessons, turn-taking games, social stories, and role-playing for application of skills.  Groups are typically formed by age, but communication skills are considered too:

  • 6 years old and under
  • 7-14 years old
  • 15+ years old

Here's what some parents say about these groups:

  • “<My child> has achieved a refreshing confidence and a fearless daring spirit in his language skills.”
  • “<Our teen> has not only increased his speech abilities substantially, he has made a great friend!”

Scheduling These groups are ongoing, so new clients may join in at anytime. Typically, up to 4 participants are in a group.   

Cost Families may use available insurance benefits. Regular deductibles and co-pays apply. Prior Authorization, medical necessity approval and evaluations are required, as applicable by funding source. Families may also pay privately. Group services are $54/ session.      

Contact

Kristin Lyman, MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, 704.541.9080 ext. 213

Click here to view and print the information page.

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

sensory-language LEGO® social skills program this summer

Monday, Jun 5, 2017 by Child & Family Development

In summer 2017, Child and Family Development offers a sensory-language social skills group built around LEGO® fun!

Sessions are co-led by a Speech Therapist and an Occupational Therapist.

The program is based on a LEGO® curriculum as well as LEGO®- Based Therapy: How to build social competence through LEGO®-based clubs for children with autism and other related conditions by Daniel LeGoff, Gina Gomez de la Cuesta, GW Krauss and Simon Baron-Cohen.  Main topics are:

  • WHOLE BODY LISTENING
  • BUILDING WITH A GROUP
  • READING & SHOWING EMOTIONS
  • GIVING & RECEIVING DIRECTIONS

Our group is open to all children who are verbal and can follow simple multi-step directions. A diagnosis is not required nor restricted to participation. 

At the end of the week, kids will go home with a special toy to be enjoyed!

SCHEDULING

Each child is screened by a therapist before being placed into a group. The groups are formed based on each child’s communication skills, social ability and age. To participate, a child must be able to follow basic Lego directions independently or with minimal help. 

The group meets for four 50-minute sessions, Monday-Thursday at the Pineville office.  Based on interest, there will be up to 4 groups:

  • GROUP #1: July 24-July 27 from 11-12
  • GROUP #2: July 24-July 27 from 1-2
  • GROUP #3: July 31-August 3 from 11-12
  • GROUP #4: July 31-August 3 from 1-2

COST

The cost is $220.00. All LEGO® materials are included. Payment is due at the time of registration.

CONTACT

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Topics: Kati Berlin, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Child and Family Development has been celebrating with the speech therapy team throughout May- Better Hearing & Speech Month!

We love our team, plus one starting in June!  

MIDTOWN OFFICE PINEVILLE OFFICE
  • Logan Carter MS CCC-SLP
  • Ann Guild MA CCC-SLP C/NDT
  • Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP
  • Melinda Schatz MS CCC-SLP
  • Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP
  • Lisa Peterson MS CCC-SLP
  • Stephanie Tolley MA CCC-SLP

Learn more about speech-language services here.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

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Topics: Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman, Lisa Peterson, Logan Carter, Emily Gammon

Ann Guild, speech therapist and swallowing expert, celebrates 28 years at C&FD

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Ann Guild 

Ann Guild MA CCC-SLP C/NDT is our most tenured and more experienced speech therapist.  She is celebrating 28 years at Child and Family Development this month.   

Ann holds a Neurodevelopmental Treatment™ (NDT) certification and a Vital Stim™ certification.  

Ann loves to teach- colleagues, parents, caregivers and kids! She has shared her expertise in how the human body functions- breathing, speech, eating, feeding, swallowing, child development & more- with countless people over the years.  We are very proud to have her on the C&FD team.

Come learn with her at the June 8 Tummy Time free seminar!  Learn more here.

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Topics: Ann Guild, C&FD Speech Therapy Services

Speech therapy and tonsillectomies & adenoidectomies

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Recently, Melinda Schatz MA CCC-SLP, speech therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown office, reviewed a online Charlotte Smarty Pants post about a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, offered by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat

The information provides a wonderful summary about what to expect:

  • before surgery
  • the day of surgery
  • after surgery

Melinda shares: Speech therapists often recommend these procedures and can be very beneficial once recovery has occurred.   Sometimes, a child receiving speech therapy has had a prior tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. Tongue movement can be impacted by the size of the tonsils and how much space they take up in the back of the mouth. Because the tongue has learned to move in a different way, it can cause problems with saying certain sounds. Speech therapy is very helpful in retraining the tongue to move appropriately for correct sound production, also called articulation.

Click here to read more about our speech therapists.  

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services

Speech therapist, Hilary Frank completes picky eating food chaining course

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Hilary Frank MA CCC-SLP, speech therapist at Child and Family Development- Pineville, recently attended a course titled Treatment of Picky Eating and Problem Eaters Using Food Chaining Therapy from Northern Speech Services. 

This method trains pediatric therapists to evaluate medical, nutrition, oral motor, sensory and behavioral areas to determine the benefit of food chaining.  Food chaining is a framework of expanding nutrition and diet, starting with a list of safe and accepted foods, modifying/ altering these foods in very small ways and gradually proceeding to an expanded set of accepted and enjoyed foods.

A recent study including 10 children ages 1-14 revealed that the food chaining approach resulted in all children expanding their diet in all cases. This study concludes that Ffod chaining is an effective method in treating extreme food selectivity.

Hilary likes this program because it is evidence-based and encourages the child to feel successful within his/her eating environment. When we consider how many steps and skills are involved in “eating”, we can better understand and appreciate the supports certain children need along the way.    

She plans to use this training to provide helpful strategies for children and families focused on improving nutritional intake and expanding food acceptance. 

Read more about pediatric speech therapy, including feeding and swallowing services, here

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#WHO World Hearing Day: speech therapist sounds off! 

Friday, Mar 3, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Logan Carter MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Midtown office in Charlotte, is sounding off about World Hearing Day, March 3!

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Logan Carter

Picky Eaters or Problem Feeders? Answers from occupational and speech therapists

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Many moms and dads report that their child is a picky eater. It can be difficult to recognize if this is simply individual preference or an indication of a more significant concern.

Do you know a child described in this way?

  • She will only eat this one thing. (e.g. chicken nuggets, goldfish crackers)
  • My son gets upset at mealtime.
  • Dinner lasts for more than an hour.
  • He gags with any new foods.
  • My toddler stills eats baby food. 

Do you notice these symptoms?

  • Limited weight gain or growth
  • Dehydration and Failure to Thrive
  • Repeated respiratory infections or pneumonia
  • Nutrition concerns

Of course, adequate intake is an important component to health. Difficulties can create not only dietary problems, but also impact family dynamics and routines, social opportunities and wellness. When a medical diagnosis does not account for the difficulties, it may be a feeding or swallowing problem.

  • A feeding disorder includes problems with accepting and eating a healthy variety of foods.
  • A swallowing disorder includes problems with safely sucking, chewing and swallowing.

Feeding problems are characterized by:

  • A restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 items
  • Resistance to adding new foods
  • Refusal of entire categories of food textures, temperatures or appearance
  • Crying when presented with new foods
  • Long feeding/ meal times (more than 30 minutes)
  • Frequent gagging or vomiting
  • Taking a few bites and then refusing more food

Swallowing problems are characterized by:

  • Difficulty breast feeding, drinking or chewing
  • Coughing or gagging during meals
  • Excessive drooling
  • Loss of food/liquid out of the mouth or nose
  • Difficulty chewing food before swallowing
  • Residual food in mouth after swallowing
  • Noisy breathing after swallowing 

Who can help?

Many of the speech therapists and occupational therapists at Child and Family Development have specialty training in both the sensory and motor aspects of a feeding or swallowing problem. We offer comprehensive evaluations and treatment.  Specialty services include:

  • Mealtime trials, one-on-one and groups
  • NeuroDevelopmental Treatment (NDT)™
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach
  • Vital Stim™

Read more about speech therapy and occupational therapy services at Child and Family Development. 

Click here for a printable page about picky eating and problem feeding. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist  Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Occupational Therapist

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Speech therapist, Melinda Schatz, celebrates 6 years at C&FD

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Melinda Schatz!

Melinda Schatz, MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown.  This month, she celebrates 6 years!   

She shares her secret professional joy:

"Working with children gives me a reason to play with all the cool new games and toys!"

Have fun!

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services

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