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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Know the Signs of Early Speech & Language Disorders

KingsbS&L Therapy2ury Center’s speech-language pathologists recommend that parents, especially those of young children, take time during the month of May to familiarize themselves with the signs of speech/language disorders and assess their children’s communication development.

It is not uncommon for parents to put off taking any action about a speech delay until a child is age three or older, according to The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Some parents may have had concerns for a year or longer before they take action. Parents with a concern are encouraged to seek an assessment from a speech-language pathologist right away for the best possible outcome.

Between birth to four years of age is an important stage in early detection of communication disorder. The early stages of speech and language disorders are easier to spot when you know the signs. Remember: The most common language disorders that young children experience are highly treatable, when identified early! Continue reading

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Spring’s Wisdom – Setting us in Motion and Reinvigorating our Senses

This week’s blog was authored by Kathleen Pyne, OTR/L, who provides therapeutic services to students at Kingsbury Day School

In springtime, our surroundings tell us that new life can come from dormancy. Like the blossoming trees and flowers around us, we humans are living and growing beings. As we emerge from our winter hideaways, enjoying the warmer weather and spending time outside will enrich our souls as well as enhance our health. Continue reading

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Tips for Seasonal Allergy Sufferers

This blog was written by Michele Kuhn, RN, who has been serving the Kingsbury Day School community for five years.

Pollen Polen Polline Pyek PlenPollen has been falling from trees and plants in DC for weeks. That means that spring allergies are in full swing. Many students and staff are experiencing symptoms which can include: runny nose, nasal congestion, watery/itchy eyes, post-nasal drip, coughing, sneezing, headache, irritability and fatigue.

Seasonal allergy symptoms can be quite annoying and distracting and can create difficulties concentrating in school. What can an allergy sufferer do to minimize their discomfort? While allergies can’t be cured, there are steps you can take to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms or avoid getting the symptoms. Continue reading

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It’s Spring: Time for Outdoor Fun!

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Cheryl Farley, MSPT, is a certified, licensed and experienced physical therapist at The Kingsbury Center. With Spring approaching, she share some tips for helping your child to enjoy the outdoors (while also working their muscles!).

 

I am starting to think about spring! After months of spending time indoors, the days are getting longer and it is time to start taking evening walks around the neighborhood or playing in the backyard after dinner.

As a physical therapist I often get asked by parents for ideas for activities they can do at home with their children to help improve their gross motor skills. So here is a list of a few fun outdoor activities that can help work your child’s muscles without them knowing they are working! Continue reading

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Kindness Matters

This blog post was written by Dr. Polly A. Peterson, PhD, MSW, Head of School at
Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT. The Kingsbury Center is sharing Dr. Peterson’s thoughts as our Center has long believed that Kindness is Transformational!

Kindness matters in life. From time to time, parents will ask me, “Does your school teach the value of kindness?” It is a good question. Who is responsible for making sure that kindness is taught? Because kindness matters!

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Kingsbury community’s Kindness sculpture.

Research by Dr. Sara Konrath at the University of Michigan suggests that in the past 30 years, self-reported concern for others — a kindness barometer if you will — has been steadily declining. Konrath’s study shows that right now, compassion and empathy are at their lowest point in more than 30 years. Continue reading

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Exam Tips for Students with Learning Differences

The Kingsbury CenterEvelyn Montgomery,  M.Ed., CAGS, is Upper and Middle School Director at Kingsbury Day School. She shares some tips to help students with learning differences to prepare for exams.

Many schools are nearing the end of the first semester, which means exam time is approaching. If you’re the parent of a student with learning differences and/or attention difficulties, you already know that studying for exams can be particularly stressful and challenging for your teen. IEP accommodations and modifications, differentiated instruction and a range of teaching strategies no doubt assisted your child to understand the content of a unit of study. Unless he or she has properly prepared for the exam, however, panic may prevail when they are asked to demonstrate their understanding of the material. Continue reading

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Occupational Therapists Help with the “Jobs” of Daily Living

IMG_0302Melissa D. Hulton, OTR/L, Director of Occupational Therapy at The Kingsbury Center, explains what “occupational” means when discussing her profession.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me as an Occupational Therapist, “Do you help people get jobs?” I’d be rich (in the monetary sense). I already consider myself “rich” in terms of having a satisfying and enriching profession. Now to answer the question I’m often asked, no, it is not the role of an Occupational Therapist to find employment for people.

So why is “occupational” used to describe this line of work? Occupation is not just a person’s job or profession. It is also defined as an activity that a person spends time doing. Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with individuals throughout the lifespan who are affected by an injury or disability. OTs use therapeutic activities to help their clients become as independent and functional as possible in the “activities” that they both need and desire to do.

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