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Mrs. LaPlante


Dear Families,


Hello my name is Caroline LaPlante and I am the speech-language pathologist providing speech and language services. It is my pleasure to work with your children to enhance their communication abilities to their fullest potential! During this difficult time we are currently experiencing, there are new and exciting ways to challenge our children to learn as well ourselves. I have always enjoyed quotes and this would be my quote for today.

 

                                            “Sprinkle Your Sparkles”


This is based on a children’s book called Sprinkle Your Sparkles :Show Your Love and Kindness                    Kirsten Tulsian and Mary Gregg Byrne


During the school closure, I can be reached by email at claplante@futureshealth.com or caroline.laplante@schoolsofwestfield.org. I will be checking email daily so please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns. The district has posted enrichment activities for students so please be sure to check those out. I have included some general suggestions for you here: This is not meant to be an exhaustive list but some general ideas.

 

Receptive Language:Children learn through actions and by “doing” .While you are playing, narrate what you are doing.”I am throwing the ball. Here comes the ball. Oh, this is a big ball.” Modeling language while doing is critical for children and makes learning fun. You can be creative while doing functional daily activities e.g. bath time, meal times, driving in the car, and of course reading stories. Instead of just reading the words in a book, talk about the pictures and make comments on what you see happening or what you may think will happen next. Have them identify or point to the concepts you are talking about e.g. objects, verbs, attributes, size, color, location etc.


**Tips: Raise your brow showing interest, wait -children need time to process information, and offer repetition as needed ,and use concise language.

 

Expressive Language: Add words to what your child says (after giving them enough time to say what they want). Model the sentence again with increased emphasis by increasing your volume and stress and pitch. Model the correct grammar .Encourage them to repeat your sentence and keep expanding. Take photos of the family and activities that you are doing. Answer who, what ,where, why, how questions,and use numerous descriptions of activities. You may make a family video/movie and talk about your adventures. Everyday life is an adventure!

**Tips: Make more comments to encourage language, be animated with your words, facial expressions and body language.



Articulation: Children are naturally motivated to play which makes it a great time to work on speech sound productions. If you make practice meaningful and fun, children are more likely to participate and make better progress. Incorporate words while you play. Provide a model of the word and then make up a sentence where the child has to fill in that word with the target sound. Provide many opportunities of repetitions in a natural way. The more repetitions the better. Make it fun! You can also play a family board game while working on a list of words and when it is your child’s turn then he/she must say the word correctly and use it in a sentence. 


**Tips: Visual Prompt: Get your child’s attention before modeling a sound. This way they are able to watch and see how the sound is being formed.Repetition: Many opportunities to say the word so that they learn a new motor pattern : Let them finish their sentence if they say the word incorrectly  e.g. ( WION) then you can say “Oh the LION is…. . Show them your face so they see how the sound is produced.


Social Skill Challenges: Children struggling with social connectedness may not respond consistently, may prefer to play alone, have trouble with eye contact, struggle with transition, struggle to initiate play with others, and maintain a conversation.Some things to be mindful about when teaching communication include:

Daily Communication Involves a variety of different functions including and teaching how to use words/meaning in these ways:

Greeting: The ability to greet someone

Protesting: The ability to indicate dislike.

Commenting: Adding information

Requesting: Asking for something

Answering questions: Responding to a question

Terminating Activities: Indicating being finished

Reading Body language and facial expressions

Tone of Voice

Initiating Conversation

Turn Taking

Maintaining Conversation

**Tips: Avoid power struggles ,Choose toys games that are motivating, use visuals (pictures or words That help them to make a response),

limit screen times that are game centered. With that being said, children can learn how to communicate by talking to others over the computer e.g. zoom. Youtube provides a number of social teaching videos and books on developing social skills. This link provides a myriad of resources:

https://eatspeakthink.com/covid-19-resources-patients-slps/


Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to working with you! And thank you for all you do.


Caroline LaPlante, M.S.CCC-S Speech Pathologist 

Nicole Johnson, Speech Language Assistant