How do you Praise your Child?

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For over a decade Carol Dweck and her team studied the effects of praise on students. This study involved a series of experiments on over 400 5th graders from all over the country. Watch the results…

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Back to School!

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It’s that time of year again…Back to School time! Start the year off right with a FREE SPEECH SCREENING. PSLC has several immediate openings, but spots are filling quickly. Call 719.377.2523 today to set up your child’s free screening or to schedule a speech/language evaluation.

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Prevent the Summer Slide!

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Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books during the summer lose up to 2 months of reading performance. Those losses accumulate during the elementary school years so that by the time a child enters middle school he/she may be 2 1/2 years behind! Read on for ideas to help you prevent the Summer Slide!

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Summer Openings

PSLC has Therapy openings for this summer! Please call 719.377.2523 to schedule a screening or evaluation today!

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Summer Language Activities!

The more we communicate with each other and interact with the environment, the better our language and ability to communicate becomes. The following are a variety of things that you can do with your child to help them to strengthen their language abilities. Read More….

Summer Activities That Build Language Skills

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Speech Screenings

At PSLC, we always offer FREE speech and language screenings. To set up a screening appointment, just call us at 719.377.2523.

Screenings only take 15 minutes and are available on a first come/first served basis.

 

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Stop the Drooling!

How to Reduce or Stop Your Child From Drooling by Chicago Speech Therapy

Depending on your child’s age, drooling can be something that he or she is a temporary side effect and byproduct of teething. If your child has already begun teething and isn’t able to stop from drooling, there are a few things you can do to help him or her exercise the oral muscles and gain control of this area. While your child’s oral function may be underdeveloped, you can still use exercises to enhance and teach oral muscle function.

A Few Practical Tips
1) Take away the pacifier, …..

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Early Developmental Milestones

If you’re at all like me, you don’t LOVE many songs the first time you hear them. Actually maybe not even the second or third time; but, after so many times of hearing a song something about it starts to “click” with you. You learn the patterns of the music, you learn the rhythm and beat, you start to learn the lyrics, and actually begin singing along.

Kids are the same way with language. When learning new words, at first they seem to ignore you or even want to “change the station” on you and go back to old ways of communicating. However, once they hear it enough, they start to catch on. They begin to learn the function and meaning of the word,they begin to learn the context of when to use the word, and eventually “learn the lyrics” and can sing along.
So don’t give up on teaching your kids new words or a new skill. They are picking it up day by day.
Below is the link for developmental guidelines for learning early language skills. There are also some great strategies to use as parents, that we also use a lot in therapy. Take a look!
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Kids need nature!

You’ve probably had this experience: The kids have been cooped up all morning and now you’re heading out to the park, just to get them outside. In the car, they squabble and sulk — the oldest doesn’t want to go, the second complains about the third’s singing, the third begins to cry — and you’re on the verge of losing it. No one, you’re convinced, will make it back from this outing alive.

But when the kids pile out of the car, everything changes. They begin running around, exploring, getting dirty, discovering rocks, and making up games….

http://www.greatschools.org/parenting/teaching-values/4244-children-and-nature.gs?s_cid=eml_weekly_20140921

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Parenting Matters

Angie (one of our awesome Speech Pathologists) came across this great website that we wanted to pass on to you.  It is: http://www.parentingmatters-epc.org/
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It has all sorts of information.  Some of the things I found most helpful:
1. Calendar: it lists activities and classes for parents and kids (some library times as well that are in addition to the regular story times).
2. At the top it says “Parent Library” if you click on that a list of links will come up.  My favorite links were those with the ages.  I looked up the ages of my girls (ages 3.5 and 18 months) and it gave suggestions of things they should be doing at this age (ride a tricycle, tell pretend story’s, etc).  I would encourage you to look at the list for your child’s age.  If there is something they are not mastering, you can have a goal to work towards.  If they have mastered everything on the list, move up to the next one!

 

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