Kingsbury Seniors Finalize Their Capstone Projects

By Lauren Thomson

12th Grade English Teacher

Kingsbury Day School

The Kingsbury Day School Senior Capstone Project began four years ago under the direction of Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot and former English teacher, Jamie Flores. “Capstone provides seniors with an opportunity to use the academic skills acquired during their time at Kingsbury to delve deeply into an area of personal interest. The process encourages our seniors to carry that personal passion with them as they venture into the world beyond Kingsbury Day School,” Dr. Chobot explained.

Capstone1bThere are four major components to the Capstone project:

  • a research paper
  • an electronic portfolio
  • a product/performance and
  • a presentation to the Kingsbury Day School community.

Each stage in the process requires seniors to sharpen skills that will prove to be of value when they pursue higher education or enter the workforce. These skills include researching, critical reading, analytical writing, editing and public speaking.

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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

Students Speak on the Value of Speech Services

Alex Sullivan, M.A., CCC-SLP

Alex Sullivan, M.A., CCC-SLP

Alex Sullivan, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the Interim Director of Speech and Language Services at The Kingsbury Center. She authored this blog, based on her years of experience facilitating client communication skills. 

 

The best way to demonstrate how Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) transform the lives of others is by going straight to the source. Students who receive speech services at Kingsbury were recently interviewed and asked to describe how their struggles with communication and language (whether it be spoken or written) impacted their lives. Their responses demonstrate the variety of ways that speech services can support them, both in and out of school.

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Book Review: Diary of a Social Detective by Jeffrey E. Jessum, Ph.D.

Social DetectiveMiddle school is a challenging time of life for most students. They often feel uncomfortable in their own skin as their bodies and brains mature and they also have become more aware of being the focus of attention. If they aren’t constantly looking in the mirror, they are checking to see if someone else is watching them. For students with social communication issues or Autism Spectrum Disorder, this transition can be particularly confusing and painful. Suddenly, social interactions are way more complex and these kids are bewildered at the same time they would like a little social support to smooth their path. They often desire friends but have difficulty recognizing signals from others and getting the social context right. Continue reading

#*@*! Profanity in our Schools

Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot

Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot

It’s time to introduce another Habit of Mind, developed by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick. The 16 Habits of Mind are “characteristics that are employed by successful people when they are confronted with problems.” The one that I will address in this blog is thinking and communicating with clarity and precision. Continue reading

When Communicating with Teens, Less is More

There are a few changes parents typically expect as their youngsters grow into adolescence. Most parents know to expect a good portion of brooding, irritability and social drama. They expect their children’s bodies to change and their sexuality to become more pronounced. Parents know that kids will rebel and talk back, and that they are likely to experiment with things you wish they wouldn’t. Continue reading

How to Raise a Compassionate Child

ellenEvery great culture values kindness and acts of compassion. Loving your neighbor, being kind, cherishing each individual for her unique gifts are all behaviors and attitudes most parents want to see in their children. Sometimes it’s easier to donate some canned foods or even go on a volunteer trip to another country than it is to be kind to the people right next to us.

How can we as parents help our children be compassionate? Here are six steps that parents can take. Continue reading