Kristin Lyman, speech therapist, celebrates 1 year at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Kristin Lyman 

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Pineville office. She is celebrating year at Child and Family Development this month.   

Kristin has worked in a variety of clinical settings but is loving our multidisciplinary practice and working closely with other pediatric therapists.  Her top clinical interests include early childhood language development, fluency disorders, feeding disorders, autism and apraxia of speech.  She co-leads the Summertime Socials sensory-language group, offered this month. 

A colleague shares: 

Kristin has made herself a home here at C&FD. She contributes new and creative therapy ideas, is eager to learn, and is effective helping our kiddos reach their goals. Everyone has a great time playing with Ms. Kristin. Her clients love her and we all love having her on the team too!

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August 2016 sensory-language social skills group

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

2016

SUMMERTIME SOCIALS

a sensory-language social skills group

August 22-25

 

OBJECTIVES

Summertime Socials helps kids learn how to interact with peers while having fun with sensory and speech activities combined.   The kids in the group have a variety of diagnoses, such as expressive and/or receptive language problems, sensory processing difficulties and fine motor deficits.  The goal is to teach the kids how to communicate and interact with peers in a positive way.

SCHEDULING

Each child is screened before being placed into a group. The groups are formed based on each child’s communication skills, social ability and age. 

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

The group meets for four 1-hour sessions, Monday-Thursday at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.  

COST

The cost is $216.00.  Payment is due at the time of registration. 

CONTACT

Kristin Lyman, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

klyman@childandfamilydevelopment.com

704.541.9080 ext. 213

Courtney Stanley, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

cstanley@childandfamilydevelopment.com

704.541.9080 ext. 209

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Topics: Courtney Stanley, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

Kristin Lyman SLP inserts communication skills into summertime fun

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 by Child & Family Development

    

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at our Pineville office.  She works with children with expressive language and receptive language delays ranging from infants/ toddlers to teen/ young adults.  

She likes to refer back to one of her favorite ASHA blog posts about incorporating speech and language skill building into common summertime activities. The author, Lisa Geary, provides some examples: 

  • TAKE A WALK: Note out loud the things that you see, hear, discover and enjoy, encouraging your child to do the same. You could also have scavenger hunt, prompting the child to search for and label objects verbally or using a picture checklist. See example checklist above 
  • PLAN A ROAD TRIP: Help the child develop background knowledge or schema, an important database of personal experiences. This will promote a broader vocabulary base and foster personal connections to text and stories. Arrange how to get there, make a list of what you will need and what you will see.
  • MAKE A TREAT: Simple recipes can target a variety of language skills and are a favorite with kids. Practice following directions, using descriptive concepts, sequential vocabulary and more with real tools and materials. 
  • SCHEDULE PLAYDATES: Practice social skills and create opportunities that reinforce generalization. This will foster peer interaction, interactive play and functional communication. 
  • READ: This is one of the best activities to promote language and literacy skills. Studies show that time spent reading is the best predictor of overall academic success.

Read it in detail on the American Speech-Language Hearing Association website here.  

Child and Family Development speech therapists offer free 15-minute phone consultations to parents who have questions about their child's communication skills.  

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

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August 2016 sensory-language social skills group

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

2016

SUMMERTIME SOCIALS

a sensory-language social skills group

August 22-25

 

OBJECTIVES

Summertime Socials helps kids learn how to interact with peers while having fun with sensory and speech activities combined.   The kids in the group have a variety of diagnoses, such as expressive and/or receptive language problems, sensory processing difficulties and fine motor deficits.  The goal is to teach the kids how to communicate and interact with peers in a positive way.

SCHEDULING

Each child is screened before being placed into a group. The groups are formed based on each child’s communication skills, social ability and age. 

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

The group meets for four 1-hour sessions, Monday-Thursday at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.  

COST

The cost is $216.00.  Payment is due at the time of registration. 

CONTACT

Kristin Lyman, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

klyman@childandfamilydevelopment.com

704.541.9080 ext. 213

Courtney Stanley, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

cstanley@childandfamilydevelopment.com

704.541.9080 ext. 209

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Topics: Courtney Stanley, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

Don't Take Our Word For It: compliments for the speech therapist

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Kristin Lyman, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.  Recently, a parent survey yielded some awesome compliments about the therapist!

  • Kristin has been amazing to work with so far.
  • She is detailed and communication is excellent. 
  • Kristin has helped me understand what and why we need to do with our son’s development.

This is what pediatric speech therapy is all about!  

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: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Testimonials, Kristin Lyman

autism and eye contact, from a speech therapy viewpoint

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at Child and Family Development and works at our Pineville office.  She works with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and recently discovered a blog post about eye contact on the Autism Speaks website that she has already shared with parents.  

The article provides an easy-to-read summary about the importance of eye contact but also asserts meaningful alternatives when direct gaze is a challenge. Points include:

  • Why is eye contact important?
  • When eye contact is stressful
  • Should we force eye contact?
  • Alternative ways to indicate interest
  • Signs that you should encourage eye contact
  • Encouraging eye contact with sensitivity
  • Eliciting a glance
  • Building on interests
  • Visual supports
  • Behavioral therapy and social skills groups

Kristin's view and recommendation:

Some adults with autism have explained that eye contact or attending to others’ faces can be distracting for them and make it difficult for them participate in a conversation.   Rather than focusing only on increasing eye contact, try to encourage your child to use other ways of demonstrating listening behavior.  Your child can work on using appropriate body orientation toward a conversation partner, or nodding her head in agreement to signify that she is listening. Your child could also work on using comments of acknowledgement (‘mmhmm’, ‘I see’, ‘I understand’ ) in conversation for this same purpose.

Read more about Kristin's sensory-language group for kids, offered in Summer 2016 here.

C&FD speech therapists offer free 15-minute phone consultations to parents who have questions about their child's communication skills.  

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: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

Summertime Socials: a sensory and language social skills group

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

2016

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Topics: Courtney Stanley, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

What is Speech Therapy?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

 

Speech therapists can help with communication, eating and more. 

We provide services to children, teens and young adults with developmental, neurological and congenital impairments.  Services can be habilitative (learning a skill for the first time) or rehabilitative (becoming more proficient at a skill or relearning a skill).  We focus on improving a child's ability to interact with and enjoy his environment.  

If you notice difficulties in one or more of these areas, an evaluation and treatment may be appropriate: 

  • Articulation/ Phonemic Awareness
  • Auditory Processing 
  • Communication
  • Oral Movement for speech and eating 
  • Phonological Awareness/ Phonological Processing
  • Voice/ Fluency 

Some of our speech therapy specialty services are:

Click here for more information on the Child and Family Development speech therapists at our Charlotte and Pineville offices!

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: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman, Lisa Peterson

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 


May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and we are celebrating with our team.  

MIDTOWN

  • Amy Elder MA CCC-SLP
  • Ann Guild MA CCC-SLP
  • Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP
  • Melinda Schatz MS CCC-SLP

PINEVILLE

  • Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP
  • Lisa Peterson MS CCC-SLP
  • Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP 

Click here for more information about the speech therapists at Child and Family Development!

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: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman, Lisa Peterson

Speech therapist, Kristin Lyman shares autism study results

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 by Child & Family Development

    

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at Child and Family Development and works at our Pineville office.  She works with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and recently reviewed the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) study about the importance and long lasting benefits of early intervention. 

The study focused on 3 areas of measurable change in preschoolers with autism: 

  • Pragmatics
  • Spoken language comprehension
  • Spoken language production

The study revealed that outcomes or improvements in these 3 areas was dependent upon the number of speech therapy sessions provided.  Children who demonstrated the most Functional Communication Measures (FCM) received 7-15 more sessions than those who made no or less progress. 

Kristin agrees with the evidence of this study; that the number of therapy sessions preschool-aged kids with ASD receive is directly linked to the amount of progress they may make with verbal expression, language understanding, and social language.  The earlier this intervention is provided, the more effective the therapy will be as well.  She advises parents and caregivers with concerns about autism to pursue a speech-language and/or a psychological evaluation as early as possible for appropriate diagnosis and intervention as recommended.  Don't wait! 

The ASHA Leader will post the full article in April, as part of Autism Awareness Month.

To learn more about autism, register for the upcoming 4/22/16 Conference, featuring Dr. Gary Mesibov, renowned expert in the field.  Click here for more information. 

C&FD speech therapists offer free 15-minute phone consultations to parents who have questions about their child's communication skills.  

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

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C&FD speech therapists complete Talk Tools® sensory-motor feeding therapy training

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Speech therapists, Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP and Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, recently completed a professional education course titled Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach, offered by Talk Tools®.

The class reflects new research and understanding of sensory processing and the impact on feeding. Pre-feeding exercises designed to develop the motor skills for safe, effective, nutritive feeding and therapeutic feeding techniques are targeted.

Both ladies benefited from the information and will incorporate it into their evaluation and treatment of children and teens with feeding and swallowing difficulties.  

Learn more about our speech therapy 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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Speech therapist, Kristin Lyman offers help to children with echolalia

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at Child and Family Development and works at our Pineville office.  She works with several children who are echolalic.  Recently, she discovered a helpful online resource call Teach Me To Talk, including an article that provides a simple definition and some strategies to support these kids.  

Echolalia is the repeating or “echoing” what another person has said. Children who are echolalic imitate what they have heard someone say in everyday life, lines they’ve listened to from a book, lyrics to a song, or a script from a show or movie. Professionals most often characterize children as echolalic when many of the words or phrases a child uses seem to be repetitions from a previous activity rather than new utterances a child comes up with on their own.   

Kristin emphasizes these strategies for parents and caregivers: 

  • Pay attention to your child's echolalia to determine what skills he is having difficulty with comprehension  For example, if your child is repeating questions that you ask (child asks 'Do you want to go outside?' when he wants to go outside, the child is lacking the ability to initiate requests). 
  • Model the types of phrases or sentences that your child would appropriately say in your daily routines  and keep language simple.  A child who is echolalic is having difficulty understanding and processing individual words.  By keeping your statements short and sweet, this decreases the demand on the child and allows them a better opportunity to understand and engage with you. 
  • Never underestimate the power of visuals.  This article doesn't put much emphasis on this, but giving visual support with real-life objects or pictures when working on making requests is essential.  This helps the child understand what you are asking and  it gives him the opportunity to use nonverbal communication (pointing, reaching).  Then, you know what they want and model how to make a verbal request (I want the ball, Ball please, etc.).   If you determine what your child wants, you can model the verbal request, reward the child for a verbal request and increase his motivation to request this way next time. 

Read full online post for more information and examples here.       

All of our speech therapists are trained to help kids and teens improve expressive and receptive language skills in individual and group sessions.

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

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Speech therapist, Kristin Lyman, examines phonological awareness

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development. Recently, she reviewed an article from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Beyond The Journal about phonological awareness. 

The article by Hallie Kay Yopp and Ruth Helen Yopp defines phonological awareness as sensitivity to the sound structure of language and it demands the ability to turn one’s attention to sounds in spoken language while temporarily shifting away from its meaning. Their example is "...when asked if the word caterpillar is longer than the word train, a child who answers that the word caterpillar is longer is demonstrating the ability to separate words from their meanings. A child who says the word train is longer has not separated the two; a train is obviously much longer than a caterpillar! Children who can detect and manipulate sounds in speech are phonologically aware." 

Kristin thinks this summary provides great insight about the importance of phonological awareness for  reading development.  Phonological awareness involves identifying and manipulating units of language, such as words, syllables, and sounds.   It differs from phonics because it focuses on the  parts of language that are heard (sounds) rather than the letters themselves.  Keep in mind that although there are 26 letters in the alphabet, the English language has 44 different sounds, so focusing on just letter identification does not cover all of them.  She really likes the idea of using chips or blocks as representations of sound units to assist with sound manipulation in phonological awareness activities. 

Read this full article here. Check out the list of books, games and songs that play with sounds to use at home or in the classroom.  This type of literature is helpful for increasing attention for sounds in words, learning rhyming and practicing initial sound and final sound manipulation.   The Yopps have authored several helpful articles about speech and language development. 

Our team of 9 speech therapists can help kids with articulation, phonology and other areas of speech and language development.  We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care. Clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

Learn more about speech therapy 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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Child and Family Development welcomes Jill Pfund DPT and Kristin Lyman SLP

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Two therapists joined the Child and Family Development team this week. Please welcome:

Jill Pfund DPTphysical therapist, is based at the Midtown office.

Dr. Pfund relocated to Charlotte from Chicago. She holds a BA in Biology from Lake Forest College and a DPT from Northwestern University.  Her previous work includes outpatient clinics with a focus on orthopedics and sports medicine. 

Welcome Jill!  

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP, speech therapist, is based at the Pineville office.

Kristin relocated to Charlotte from Memphis.  She holds a BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University and MA in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Memphis.  Her previous work includes a children’s hospital with a focus on school-based services.  

Welcome Kristin!  

Our team of more than 35 therapists is made up of professionals who are licensed, trained and experienced. We are proud to work closely together in both of our office locations and offer a highly collaborative level of care to children, adolescents and young adults.  

Read more about our multidisciplinary approach to care here

 

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