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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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

When a Grandparent Is Ill: 8 Little Steps to Make it Easier on the Kids (and You)

ellenBy Ellen Iscoe, Ph.D.

You may realize it gradually or find out through a dreaded call in the middle of the night. Your mother or father is ill, no longer the healthy family member you and your children are accustomed to. With all the emotions you may experience and details you might need to attend to, you also have to consider how to help your child cope with the fact that Grandpa or Grandma is sick. Here are some things to keep in mind to help your child get accustomed to this unwelcome bit of news. Continue reading

Helping High School Seniors Cope with College Rejection

It’s a time of anticipation for high school seniors everywhere. With the support of their parents, they have toiled over ways to jam the essence of their lives into a single page statement, visited schools, imagined themselves as college students, and walked through the gauntlet that is standardized testing. For some, the anticipation is nothing more than a waiting game; nothing to worry about. For others, it seems as though their entire lives are held to an appraisal of pass or fail, accepted or denied. Continue reading

Now Hear This! Learning to Listen to Your Child

In our modern world, we are constantly bombarded by electronic communication. Even our cars talk to us. Our kids are plugged in and tuned out. And, let’s admit that we parents are sometimes so frazzled and stressed, that we may, occasionally, tune out our children. So how can we really connect with our kids? Let’s get back to the basics of listening. Continue reading