Holiday help: 10 Non-Tech Gift ideas from a speech therapist

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at Child and Family Development- Pineville.  This month, she found a fun list in an ASHA blog titled "10 (Non-Tech) Holiday Gift Ideas to Promote Kids Language, Learning" and she loves their simple recommendations, including:

  1. Traditional toys
  2. Books
  3. Board, card and conversation-based question games
  4. Costumes and other dress-up accessories
  5. Building toys and crafts
  6. Outdoor toys
  7. Puzzles
  8. Cooking supplies
  9. Crayons, colored pencils, coloring books
  10. Tickets to child-friendly shows

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Improving your child's language: tips from an expert speech therapist

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 by Child & Family Development


Stephanie Tolley, MS CCC-SLP
is a speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.

She often shares basic tips with parents and caregivers about how to improve a child's communication skills:

WHAT TO DO

  • Use short sentences: Even if comprehension is good, speaking in 2-5 word sentences may allow a child to focus on the words more easily.
  • Talk often: help a child learn by describing everyday activities as they happen (preparing meals, getting into the car, playing at the park)
  • Talk about what YOU are doing ("I'm fastening your seatbelt", "I'm pushing the swing")
  • Talk about what THE CHILD is doing ("Drinking juice", "You are sitting in the back seat")
  • Accept the child's attempts to talk: Even if the words are not clear and sentences are not complete, respond or answer anway to reinforce the effort.
  • Expand on what the child says by repeating and adding more information: ("Mama eat", you say "Mom eats pizza")
  • Introduce new words: Talk about what you see in the environment, including naming people, objects and actions happening around you.
  • Expect the child to talk: If the child doesn't seem to know the words, provide a model and encourage a response: ("Want juice?" and wait for child to say "Juice")

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Don't ask a lot of questions, such as "What's this?"; Children learn more easily when adults talk with them.  Instead, label and describe "You have apple juice"
  • Don't ask a child to repeat; Rather than "Say book", you can label and describe "Here is your train book"
  • Don't anticipate the child's needs; Create opportunities for child to request or describe on his own ("Juice please", "Turn the page")

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Stephanie Tolley, speech therapist, celebrates 4 years at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Stephanie Tolley

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

Her special interests are early language development, language disorders, literacy and feeding disorders. She enjoys applying a a hybrid of natural and explicit teaching methods to target specific outcomes. Stephanie is certified in The Hanen Program© It Takes Two To Talk, a family-focused early language intervention for kids with language disorders.  In addition, she is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory™ (SOS) approach to feeding disorders. 

She is co-leading a free seminar about picky eating on Thursday, August 18.  Click here to learn more and register.

A colleague shares: 

I really enjoy working with Stephanie! She has been a great mentor to me. She’s always willing to collaborate, share ideas and give advice. I appreciate her insight and dedication to our multidisciplinary team.

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Join us in 4 weeks: Help For Picky Eaters FREE SEMINAR

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 by Child & Family Development

We are hosting an encore free seminar: Help for Picky Eaters 

  • Does your child limit food choices to just a few items? 
  • Are you worried about nutrition and health? 
  • Do family dinners end in frustration and tears? 

 

 

 

 

We will share the science behind picky eating, discuss treatment options and strategies that are proven to improve intake and nutrition in kids and teens. 

Topics: 

• Top 10 Myths about Mealtime • Why doesn’t a behavioral approach work?
• Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders • Trying new foods
• Common Reasons Children Won’t Eat • Steps to Eating
• What is Sequential Oral Sensory Approach™ (SOS) • Benefits of occupational and speech therapies

Event Details: 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

6:15-7:15 PM 

Child and Family Development- Pineville office

Charlotte, NC  28210

Space is limited so RSVP to reserve your spot here

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Join us in 6 weeks: Help For Picky Eaters FREE SEMINAR

Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 by Child & Family Development

We are hosting an encore free seminar: Help for Picky Eaters 

  • Does your child limit food choices to just a few items? 
  • Are you worried about nutrition and health? 
  • Do family dinners end in frustration and tears? 

 

 

 

 

We will share the science behind picky eating, discuss treatment options and strategies that are proven to improve intake and nutrition in kids and teens. 

Topics: 

• Top 10 Myths about Mealtime • Why doesn’t a behavioral approach work?
• Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders • Trying new foods
• Common Reasons Children Won’t Eat • Steps to Eating
• What is Sequential Oral Sensory Approach™ (SOS) • Benefits of occupational and speech therapies

Event Details: 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

6:15-7:15 PM 

Child and Family Development- Pineville office

Charlotte, NC  28210

Space is limited so RSVP to reserve your spot here

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Free seminar: Help For Picky Eaters

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 by Child & Family Development

We are hosting an encore free seminar: Help for Picky Eaters 

  • Does your child limit food choices to just a few items? 
  • Are you worried about nutrition and health? 
  • Do family dinners end in frustration and tears? 

 

 

 

 

We will share the science behind picky eating, discuss treatment options and strategies that are proven to improve intake and nutrition in kids and teens. 

Topics: 

• Top 10 Myths about Mealtime • Why doesn’t a behavioral approach work?
• Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders • Trying new foods
• Common Reasons Children Won’t Eat • Steps to Eating
• What is Sequential Oral Sensory Approach™ (SOS) • Benefits of occupational and speech therapies

Event Details: 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

6:15-7:15 PM 

Child and Family Development- Pineville office

Charlotte, NC  28210

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Topics: Stephanie Tolley, Courtney Stanley, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Seminars

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!

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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!

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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.

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Speech therapist uses SOS™ Approach to Feeding with kids and teens

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Tolley, MS, CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory™ (SOS) Approach to Feeding program.   

SOS is a feeding approach for children who have trouble at mealtime.  This approach was founded by a child psychologist, Kay Tommey, PhD and a speech therapist, Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP.  SOS™ may be beneficial in many settings and populations. Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Because the interplay between weight gain and a child’s experience of food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises. The SOS Approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems, muscles, sensory development, oral motor, learning and behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment.  SOSfocuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food and allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods

Additional information is available on www.spdfoundation.net.

Stephanie approves of this approach because it looks at the whole child in order to assess why a child is not eating or has a very limited diet.  Intervention then begins within a child’s comfort level and kids are allowed to explore and learn about food in a non-threatening way through play.  

If your child is a very picky eater or has a highly limited diet, consider scheduling a free phone Intake with one of the 5 SOS™ trained speech therapists or occupational therapists at Child and Family Development to determine if an evaluation is recommended.

Read more about our SOS services here

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Free seminar this week: Mealtime Help for Picky Eaters

Monday, Nov 2, 2015 by Child & Family Development

This Thursday, we are hosting another free seminar: Mealtime Help for Picky Eaters 

  • Does your child limit his food choices to just a few items? 
  • Are you worried about nutrition and health? 
  • Do family dinners end in frustration and tears? 

Stephanie Gerlich MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist, and Courtney Stanley MS OTR/L, occupational therapist, will share some of the science behind picky eating and offer practical suggestions to improve intake and nutrition in children.  Topics include: 

• Top 10 Myths about Mealtime • Why doesn’t a behavioral approach work?
• Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders • Trying new foods
• Common Reasons Children Won’t Eat • Steps to Eating
• What is Sequential Oral Sensory Approach™ (SOS) • Benefits of occupational and speech therapies

Event Details: 

Thursday, November 5, 2015 

6:15-7:15 PM 

Child and Family Development- Pineville office

Charlotte, NC  28210

Space is limited so RSVP to reserve your spot: http://goo.gl/pYq6z6 

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Free seminar: Mealtime Help for Picky Eaters

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 by Child & Family Development

We are hosting another free seminar: Mealtime Help for Picky Eaters 

  • Does your child limit his food choices to just a few items? 
  • Are you worried about nutrition and health? 
  • Do family dinners end in frustration and tears? 

Stephanie Gerlich MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist, and Courtney Stanley MS OTR/L, occupational therapist, will share some of the science behind picky eating and offer practical suggestions to improve intake and nutrition in children.  Topics include: 

• Top 10 Myths about Mealtime • Why doesn’t a behavioral approach work?
• Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders • Trying new foods
• Common Reasons Children Won’t Eat • Steps to Eating
• What is Sequential Oral Sensory Approach™ (SOS) • Benefits of occupational and speech therapies

Event Details: 

Thursday, November 5, 2015 

6:15-7:15 PM 

Child and Family Development- Pineville office

Charlotte, NC  28210

Space is limited so RSVP to reserve your spot: http://goo.gl/pYq6z6 

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Speech therapist likes these 3 tips for picky eating

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 by Child & Family Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Gerlich MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at Child and Family Development, likes these 3 easy tips for parents related to a child's picky eating.  

The tips are from a recent post by Melanie Potock MA on the American Speech Language Hearing Association blog.  The original source is Stephanie Smith who is on the advisory board for Produce for Kids.  Read the full article here  

Although these tips may seem like common sense, it is easy to become overwhelmed by challenging mealtimes and concerns for nutrition. So, parents remember: 

  1. Keep some perspective. Yes, eating is an essential part of life, but not the only part of life. Notice and enjoy other shared activities with a child, even if mealtimes aren’t one of them. 
  2. Find ways to enjoy mealtime. Encourage a child to take even a few minutes for themselves before or after a meal. Parents can alternate some alone time and do some deep breathing, enjoy a cup of tea or whatever helps them re-center. Bringing quiet, positive energy to the table or finding it again after a particularly stressful mealtime makes a big difference in the rest of the family’s day.
  3. Take a break, at least on occasion. We all love our kids, but parenting takes hard work, with mealtimes bringing particular stress. Whether this means hiring a babysitter, asking for help from family or friends, or trading off with their partner once in a while during typically “family” meals. Parents need to give themselves time to relax and refuel. Be assured that taking a break or missing a meal with the family benefits everyone if it means a more relaxed state of mind for the next one.

Stephanie agrees that these 3 tips are great advice for any caregiver. As part of speech therapy sessions, she incorporates recommendations on how to make mealtimes fun and less stressful for both the child and parent. Her philosophy is that we spend a lot of time eating and it should be enjoyable for everyone at the table.  But first, we have to understand why the child isn’t eating. Concerned parents place a lot of emphasis on how much and how often their child is eating without understanding why it is happening. Then, mealtime becomes a power struggle. Stephanie reminds parents that it is okay, and better even, to take a step back and play during a meal.

As part of a popular treatment called the Sequential Oral Sensory approach (SOS), it isn’t uncommon to find kids, occupational therapists and speech therapists in the Child and Family Development kitchen spitting peas into a cup to play basketball or making shapes with our sandwiches using cookie cutters. Get creative!

Read more about Stephanie's training and experience related to mealtime difficulties here

Our team of 9 speech therapists can help kids with swallowing and feeding difficulties, including picky eating.  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.

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, Stephanie Gerlich, celebrates 3 years at Child and Family Development

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Gerlich MS CCC-SLP marks 3 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Pineville office.  

Stephanie is reflecting on all of the changes that have happened during her tenure here, both professionally and personally.  Her training and experience have expanded and so will her family at her upcoming wedding. Her favorite thing about her workplace is DIVERSITY across many areas, including her clients, their paths to progress and her co-workers.

 

Read about Stephanie's expertise with picky eating here. She is co-leading a free seminar on the topic on Thursday, November 5.  Click here to register.   

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

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Speech therapist endorses holiday fireworks tips from Autism Speaks

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Gerlich MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at Child and Family Development endorses this list from Autism Speaks about helping kids and teens with autism enjoy the 4th of July. 

Their tips include:

  • Prepare your child. Talk about what's going to happen at the party or fireworks display. You can show a video of fireworks -- perhaps playing it quietly first, then slowly turning up the volume.
  • Focus on the fun! Let your child know that you're excited to attend, and describe the activities you know they will enjoy.
  • Bring along favorite items such as toys, games and snacks. Provide distractions if your child gets antsy.
  • Defining a space with a blanket, towel, or chair can help a child with autism feel more comfortable in a crowd.
  • Bring headphones to help block out some of the sound, or consider sitting some distance away to avoid the intense noise.
  • Make sure your child knows how to ask for a break from the crowd or noise. If your child is verbal, he/she may need a reminder. However, many children do best with a visual aid. For example, provide your child with a special card to hand to you when he or she needs a break from the stimulation.
  • As always, make sure safety is a priority!

Enjoy Independence Day! 

 

 

 

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Is my child ready for preschool?

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Preschool is a wonderful introduction to the school setting. Fun, play, and academics are incorporated to prepare your young child for the increased academic demands of kindergarten and elementary school. 

Based on the standards and expectations expressed by the North Carolina State Board of Education, a preschooler should be have the following receptive and expressive language skills:

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RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE 

  • understand sentences of increasing length and complexity, including past, present, and future tenses
  • understand a growing number of words
  • attend for longer periods of time, such as when books are read, people are telling stories, and during conversations
  • consistently answer questions and follow two-step directions
  • understand and talk about feelings, ideas, information, and beliefs
  • understand non-verbal communication, such as gestures and facial expressions

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE 

  • use verbal and nonverbal language to communicate for a variety of purposes
  • use language in pretend play 
  • use language to make and keep friends 
  • follow a conversation by asking a question or making a comment
  • communicate using appropriate inflection, tone of voice, and expression
  • use more and more complex language forms, grammar, and vocabulary

A pediatric speech-language therapy evaluation can determine existing and emerging skills.  

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

All of our therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. 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.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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Speech Therapists celebrating Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Brochure_SpeechOur team of 9 speech therapists is celebrating better speech and hearing this month!

MIDTOWN OFFICE  PINEVILLE OFFICE

Allison Parker, MA, CCC-SLP

Ann Guild, MA, CCC-SLP

Amy Gossett, MA, CCC-SLP

Melinda Bumgardner, MA, CCC-SLP

Jayne Walton, MA, CCC-SLP (afternoons)

Barb Hartshorn, MS, CCC-SLP

Michelle Pentz, MS, CCC-SLP

Stephanie Gerlich, MS, CCC-SLP

Lisa Peterson, MS, CCC-SLP (community) 

All of our therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. 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.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

 

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 therapy and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Gerlich, MS, CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, completed additional Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach training this month.  

SOS is a feeding approach for children who have trouble at mealtime.  This approach was founded by a child psychologist, Kay Tommey, PhD and a speech therapist, Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP.  It stands for Sequential Oral Sensory Approach for Feeding.  Additional information is available on www.spdfoundation.net.

Stephanie approves of the approach that looks at the whole child in order to assess why a child is not eating or has a very limited diet.  Intervention then begins within a child’s comfort level and kids are allowed to explore and learn about food in a non-threatening way through play.  

If your child is a very picky eater or has a highly limited diet, consider scheduling a free phone Intake with a SOS trained speech therapist or occupational therapist at Child and Family Development to determine if an evaluation is recommended.

Read more about our SOS services here

Our team consists of 9 licensed speech therapists, rather than assistants or aides.  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.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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

 

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Bubbles in speech therapy

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Gerlich, MS, CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, has a specialty certification with Hanen Centre, an organization that provides numerous programs and treatment protocols for early intervention to help children develop expressive and receptive language skills.  

Their programs are excellent, but Stephanie has know throughout her career that sometimes the simplest of strategies is the best.  One great example is playing with bubbles. Bubbles are a number one go-to therapy tool in speech therapy.  Why do we love them so much? Here are some of the many reasons:

  1. Bubbles are FUN for many different ages and levels of communication development.
  2. Bubbles are inexpensive and portable. Many children already play with bubbles at home, so the skills they learn while playing with them in therapy bridges between settings.
  3. Bubbles can be used to facilitate many different skills including:

o    Joint attention and eye contact Build your child’s understanding of cause-effect and watch for anticipation and changes in facial expressions by pausing before you blow the bubbles.

o    Requesting (e.g., more, please, bubbles, want, help). Requests can be modeled and adapted to fit the child’s level of communication. For example “more bubbles” may later become “ want more bubbles please”

o    Vocabulary expansion and basic concepts (e.g., pop, blow, big, wet, catch, up, one, all). Sometimes I even work on body parts by popping the bubbles on a child’s hands, feet, or nose. They love it!

o    Grammar use Depending on the child’s language skills, you may choose use your voice to highlight grammar markers (e.g., “I am popping the bubbles,” “I caught one,” “you popped it”).

o    Turn taking It’s important to get face-to-face and play too. Even if your child can blow the bubbles by themselves, encourage your child to take turns with you, friends, or siblings. You can practice pronouns using “my turn” or “your turn.” If there is a third person in the play incorporate “he popped it” or “she did.”

o    Oral motor skills such as lip rounding needed to produce “ooo” and “w” sounds and backward tongue movements needed to produce “k” and “g” sounds. 

o    Articulation I often use bubbles to work on early lip sounds b/bubbles, p/pop, and m/more

  1. Bubbles are a great way to temp children to communicate and are typically highly motivating.

If you need more official proof, check out this article from Hanen: 

http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/Give-Your-Child-a-Reason-to-Communicate-with-Bubbl.aspx

Our team of 8 speech therapists are true bubble experts! They can show families how to transform everyday toys and activities into child development opportunities! 

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Speech Therapist approved: Thinkfun Roll and Play Board Game

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Gerlich, MS, CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, is always on the lookout for new games that incorporate speech and language skills to play with her clients. Many times, these activities can be enjoyed in a speech therapy session and at home. 

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