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Friday, August 16, 2013

Incentive Chart for Articulation Therapy

Incentive Chart for Articulation Therapy!

Check out what I made for one of my kiddos who is working on /r/.  It's an incentive chart for articulation therapy!  Kids love seeing their progress and if you can get their competitive nature to come out you can encourage them to try to beat their old score.  A lot of times during speech therapy session, the child gets bored and doesn't try as hard as you know he can.  This will help you give your child something to strive for.  See if he can beat his old score.  You can also show him how to create a bar graph in the process!  Here's how I'm organizing sessions for this child:

Articulation Warm-Up

No, I'm not talking about non-speech oral motor exercises, I'm talking about a warm-up for the mouth that involves making the target sound over and over again.  I've noticed that my kids seem to do better as the session goes on and they get more warmed up, so we might as well start with a whole bunch of repetitions of the sound all at once before moving on.  Here's what I do:
  • Have the child make the sound in isolation 10 times
  • Have the child say the sound before 5 different vowels (like "bah", "bee", "bay", etc).  Have him do that series 5 times in a row.  
  • Have the child say the word in between two vowels (this can be non-sense like "ubuh").  Choose 5 different combinations and have him say the whole series of them 5 times.
  • Have the child say the sound after 5 different vowels ("uhb", "ahb", etc).  Do this series 5 times.
  • Add on any tricky words that your child is struggling with.  Adding them to the end of the warm-up may help get him there faster.

Practice the Words

Next, practice the words with that target sound that you are currently working on.  Practice those for the bulk of your session.

Beat the Graph

At the end of your session, now that your child has warmed up and practiced the hard ones, tell your child it's time to see if he can beat the graph.  Present him with a random assortment of words with the target sound (in all positions) and see how many he can say correctly.  (If you're working at the sentence level, have him say sentences).  Do 30-40 words and then score it.  Give the child as many attempts as you have time for and record the highest score.  

This should help you keep your child motivated to keep working on that target sound!  If you're interested in speech therapy services in Columbia, Missouri, check out my services page.  If you're not in Columbia but would like more great speech and language activities and ideas, head on over to www.SpeechAndLanguageKids.com

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lunch and Learn about Diet Changes for Special Needs Population

Hey everyone!  My friend Aaron Cunningham over at Keystone Chiropractic and Sensory Development Center in Columbia is having a Lunch and Learn about how the Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet may help your child with special needs.  Head on over and check it out if you have time!

Keystone also does a lot to help our kids conquer their sensory problems so check them out if you're concerned about your child's sensory development in the Columbia, Missouri area.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Free Speech and Language Screenings at Local Daycares and Preschools

I am pleased to announce that I am now offering free speech and language screenings at local daycares and preschools in Columbia, Missouri!  I am now offering free speech and language screenings at community daycares and preschools for children of all ages.  I will come out to your center and perform simple 5-10 minute screenings with any children whose parents sign a consent form.  I will also ask the teacher a few questions about any concerns she may have.  Then, I will send home a letter explaining my findings.

What I will Be Looking For: 

The child is hard to understand
The child isn’t talking as much as other children his age
The child isn’t able to put sentences together
The child is stuttering
The child doesn’t follow directions or understand others well
The child doesn’t know what things are called
The child is not able to communicate socially

After the Screening:

After the screenings, I will be available to parents to explain my findings and   present them with options for therapy in town, including but not limited to my own services, free services through the public schools and First Steps, and other paid options in town such as the University and Thompson Center.  I will also be able to provide home strategies or activities that they can use at home to improve speech and language skills.

If you are interested in setting up a free screening at your childcare center or if you are interested in a free screening for your child, please call me at 573-489-7659 or email me at ColumbiaCSLC@gmail.com

Friday, July 5, 2013

New Office in Columbia, Missouri and New Offerings!

Hey everyone!  I hope you're having a fantastic summer!  I sure am, I got a new office!  Check out my new location!

I am so excited to have a new office with Dr. Garb, a local pediatrician!  Dr. Garb was kind enough to welcome me into his office and give me a space to work.  We are now located at the corner of Old Hwy 63 and Stadium Blvd, in this red brick building behind the Break Time: 

In addition to a new office, I also have new hours and new offerings.  I am now running this practice full time so I am able to offer speech and language services during the day as well as a few early evening spots.  I have also expanded my offerings to include home programs so your child can receive speech/language therapy services in Columbia for as little as $60 per month!  I am also offering free speech and language screenings so call today!

Carrie Clark, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Columbia, Missouri
(573) 489-7659

Monday, February 18, 2013

Summer Speech and Language Programs and Therapy, Columbia MO

Are you worried that your child may lose progress on speech and language skills over the summer?  The Children's Speech and Language Center in Columbia MO is offering speech and language therapy and programs this summer with speech therapist, Carrie Clark.

Here's what we have to offer:

Individual Speech and Language Therapy Sessions are provided by speech therapist, Carrie Clark for a variety of speech and language delays and disorders.  Visit my Speech and Language Therapy page for more information about the services provided.  

Group session are also now forming to target a variety of skills, such as speech, language, social skills, etc.  These groups provide a more cost-effective option to individual therapy and offer peer models for target skills.  These children benefit from working toward a common goal with other children who struggle in that area.  Contact Carrie Clark today to find out about current groups.

To find out more about Carrie's services or to put your name on the list, send an email to ColumbiaCSLC@gmail.com or call Carrie at 573-489-7659.  Hurry, spots are filling up fast!!