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Information About the Communication Continuum
Speech, Language, Literacy
Park Slope Communication & Learning Center Newsletter
Issue 24 - December, 2012
WordsInWords
You can sometimes make words using the letters in a larger word. For example, from the word "tube" you can make "be," "bet," "but," and "tub." Now onto a harder one: how many words can you make from the word "snowcone?" (Hint: we found 42.)

Riddles for Kids: Falling Leaves
Q: What do snowmen eat for lunch?
A: Iceburgers!

Q: What two letters of the alphabet do snowmen prefer?
A: I.C.!

Q: What happened when the icicle landed on the snowman's head?
A: It knocked him out cold!

Q: How do snowmen greet each other?
A: Ice to meet you!

Q: What is a snowman's favorite drink?
A: Iced tea!

Q: Why was the snowman's dog called Frost?
A: Because Frost bites!

Q: What did Frosty's girlfriend give him when she was mad at him?
A: The cold shoulder!

Q: Who are Frosty's parents?
A: Mom and Pop-sicle!

Q: Who is Frosty's favorite aunt?
A: Aunt Arctica!

Q: What do you get when you cross Frosty with a baker?
A: Frosty the Dough-man!

Answers to WordsInWords
Con, cone, cones, coo, coos, cow, cows, eon, eons, neon, new, news, no, none, noon, noose, nose, now, on, once, one, ones, owe, owes, own, owns, scone, sew, sewn, snow, so, son, soon, sow, sown, swoon, we, woe, woes, won, woo, woos.

In This Issue

  • CAPD Therapy
  • Stories from the Kids: Rowan and Julian (with videos!)
  • Monthly Feature: Phonic Engine Reading Method & KidsVoyager Online: What happened last month?
  • For Fun: Trivia Quiz
  • For Fun: Some Interesting Events in December!

In Upcoming Issues

  • Bilingualism, is it a positive or a negative?
  • Why do some children have articulation disorders?
  • How to help your child write short stories

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Seminars

In the past, we've held seminars and discussions on: Stuttering, Auditory Processing Disorders, How to Help Your Child Develop Reading Skills, Early Speech and Language Development (0 - 5), Speech/Language/Feeding Developmental Milestones, Using the Phonic Engine® Reading Method to Facilitate Reading, Writing, and Spelling. Please let us know if you'd personally like any of these repeated, or have other topics that you'd like to hear about.

Treatment for Central Auditory Processing Disorders

Our September newsletter dealt with Central Auditory Processing Disorders. To review, auditory processing is how the brain processes what the ear hears. Since auditory processing is not one thing, there is no one treatment for this disorder. There are a number of treatments or kinds of treatments for auditory processing disorders. Let's discuss what these are:

  1. Environmental modifications — We always ask teachers to give preferential seating to children with this diagnosis. That is, the teacher should have the child seated near the teacher's desk. The problem here, of course, is that teachers often walk around the room while teaching, especially in classrooms where the children sit at tables rather than desks. FM units are also helpful at school. An FM unit consists of a transmitter that the teacher wears, and a receiver that the student wears, which essentially cause the teacher's voice to go right into the student's ear without any interfering or distracting sounds. (These may be used for children with hearing losses as well.)
  2. Linguistic modifications — Whether at school or at home, commands or directions should be given in segments. So, for example, if the teacher says, "Take out your worksheet, write your name at the top, then take out your history books and open them to page 237," that teacher should look right at the student with APD and say, "Here is your worksheet, write your name at the top. Now take out your history book. Open it to page 237." Parents should likewise break all directions down to their individual parts and provide lots of repetition too. Increased volume helps as well, even though children with CAPD do not have hearing losses. Increased volume helps too, even though children with CAPD do not have hearing losses.(not sure how you want to fix this-looks like you left out some words)
  3. Speech and language therapy — This can facilitate auditory processing skill development as well as areas that have been affected by lags in development of the auditory processing system. For example, one kind of auditory process is sound discrimination. If this area is problematic, the child can be shown pictures of rake/lake, hair/pear, for example, to sharpen this skill. If hearing through noise is the processing skill that is affected, a session may be done with the radio playing in the background. There is also some software, such as Earobics ®, that is sold as a program to help develop the auditory processing system that incorporates hearing through noise as part of one of the "games" in the program. Auditory processing disorders can also impact a child's ability to learn to read. Here again, the speech-language pathologist can include activities that facilitate optimal acquisition of literacy skills.
  4. Software — There are many software programs available whose developers make claims that their programs develop the auditory processing system. Programs like FastForWord® and Earobics® are examples of these. While the latter may be purchased by anyone, the former must be administered by a trained professional such as a speech-language pathologist.
  5. Auditory training programs — Programs such as auditory integration therapy (AIT) as well as other programs (Tomatis, The Listening Program) which claim to retrain the auditory processing system are espoused by some as being extremely effective, and criticized by others as being ineffective. At our center, we have seen some excellent results from AIT in children who exhibit hyperacusis (a hypersensitivity to sound) most commonly seen in the autistic population. Otherwise, AIT is not a proven protocol for treating auditory processing disorders.

    To summarize, there are five primary modalities used in the treatment of children with auditory processing disorders. There is no one remediation that works for everybody. Using audiological testing and speech and language testing (as described in September's article) along with input from parents and classroom teachers, we determine which protocol is most appropriate. In addition, children should be regularly re-evaluated to ensure that they are continually making adequate progress in treatment. As with our previous article, if there are any additional questions, you may email us at info@parkslopecc.com or call us at 718.768.3526.

My Thanksgiving Day On Venus, by Rowan

We were eating rice and beans for Thanksgiving dinner. We accidentally pressed a button that made the whole entire state of Connecticut fly to Venus.

We and everyone who was in Connecticut didn't know what was going on. We saw a person and her house. She was from Mexico. Her house brought her there. She didn't know how she got there. She said "Friends, come in." It was a humongous house that the whole entire state of Connecticut could fit in. She was a girl who was 3 years old and I said, "Are you Amelia?" And then she asked who I was.

"Are you Rowan?"

"I am."

We both said "Rowan, Amelia!" "I missed you."

"Where are your parents?", I asked her. "In my house," she answered.

I said, "Hi" to her big sister.

We pressed the button to go back to Earth. It was a very nice Thanksgiving.

THE END

You can see and hear Rowan's original story here!

If I Were President, by Julian

If I were president I would give homes to everybody who needs shelter.

I would also make the school days twenty minutes longer so kids would increase intelligence.

I would let people who can' t afford food eat for free.

I would devote my presidency to helping people.

You can see and hear Julian's original story here!

Monthly Feature: Phonic Engine Method & KidsVoyager Online: What Happened Last Month?

There was a lot of excitement in the month of November. Following Superstorm Sandy, Election Day, and the Thanksgiving holiday, our students had lots to read, write and talk about.

Even though the storm occurred in October, many of our students were still dealing with its aftereffects. Some kids had damaged homes, flooded cars and still no power. As we noted last month, we read articles at Weatherwizkids.com, TimeforKids.com and even the New York Times online had interesting articles to read. The kids read about hurricanes and why Sandy was called a "Superstorm." Stories were written about personal experiences, as well as fictional accounts about "surviving the storm."

Election Day was another event that brought out a great deal of interest. Apathy is something found here, never!! Whatever their political leaning, the students had lots to say about their favorite candidate. We used a graphic organizer from the readwritethink.org website that could be written on directly in order to organize both fact and opinion in relation to their favorite candidate. After filling in the organizer, we printed it out so that it could be used to then write an essay.

We had the most fun with our Thanksgiving activity. At the website www.mayflowerhistory.com, we were able to read about the layout of the ship, the passengers, what they carried with them and what the voyage was like. From what we read, it appeared that during the first half of the voyage the seas were relatively calm, while during the second half they were rather rough. We also found out (most of us for the first time) that the Mayflower had a sister ship called the Speedwell. It sprang a leak and had to return to port in England. Each student picked a passenger from the manifest to pretend to be and then they had to write a letter to someone at home, in Europe to tell them about the trip.

The students were so creative in their selections and in how they wrote their pieces. Some children wrote them as if they were still on the ship, while another student wrote the piece as if he were waiting for the ship to embark to the New World. Most of the students wrote to "their families" from the New World, describing what it was like and how it was different from England. They talked about the wildlife, their homes and the crops they planted. They also wrote about the native tribes and what their interactions were like. The students used their prior knowledge as well, in their letters. For example, the students had learned in school that the Native Americans instructed the Pilgrims to use fish to fertilize the soil when planting corn. This fact was used in several of the "letters home". For the students who were able to fully complete their letters, they were eager to share their writing. And we were eager to hear what they wrote.

The month came to an end with a lot of excitement about the month to come. The students were looking forward to the upcoming holidays of Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year.

Trivia Quiz: Football Fun

1. Which quarterback led the 1951 Cleveland Browns to an 11-1 season record?
2. Two months after President Kennedy was assassinated, which team won the NFL Championship game?
3. Which team was the last in the 20th century to go defunct?
4. What position did Jerry Rice play throughout most of his career?
5. Where did quarterback Donovan McNabb play college football?
6. True or False: Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl.
7. What position takes the hand-offs and also can move out as a receiver?
8. What was the original name of the New York Jets when they were in the AFL, before joining the NFL?
9. Who holds the title of the most fumbles in the NFL?
10. What is the length in yards of a football field, from one end to the other?

Answers

1. Otto Graham.
2. Chicago Bears.
3. Dallas Texans (in 1952).
4. Wide receiver.
5. Syracuse.
6. True.
7. Running back.
8. New York Titans.
9. Warren Moon.
10. 120.

December 2012 Holidays and Events

Monthly
Bingo's Birthday Month
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
National Write a Business Plan Month
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Spiritual Literacy Month
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

Weekly
10-17 Human Rights Week

Daily
1 Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
1 World AIDS Day
2 Special Education Day
2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
5 Bathtub Party Day
5 Internatioanl Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
6 National Miner's Day
6 National Pawnbrokers Day
7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
8 International Shareware Day
8 National Day of the Horse
9 International Anti-Corruption Day
10 Human Rights Day
11 International Mountain Day
12 Poinsettia Day
14 National Salesperson's Day
15 Bill of Rights Day
15 Cat Herders Day
17 Wright Brothers Day
18 International Migrants Day
20 International Human Solidarity Day
21 Humbug Day
21 Underdog Day
21 First Day of Winter
25 Christmas
26 National Whiner's Day
29 Tick Tock Day
31 Make Up Your Mind Day
31 No Interruptions Day
31 New Year's Eve

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