Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Weather Week!

Last week, we had a blast learning about the weather!  We started each day in the reading room, reading one of our favorite weather books.

After story time, we moved over to the craft room.  We discussed all of the different forms of weather.  Then the kids got to make their own weather mobiles!

Using construction paper and streamers, they drew scenes from the book and made their very own weather kites.

The kids had a blast at our Weather Dress Up station.  We set up a clothes rack full of rain jackets, sweaters, scarves, swim suits, sunglasses, and other clothes.  The kids were told what type of weather they should dress for. This was a great photo opportunity. :)

For our snack this week, the kids had spaghetti and meatballs!! They loved it.  Miss Jessica also found this cool rainbow snack idea from Pinterest.  Rainbow's on a stick.. A super easy snack.  You just melt marshmallow's in the microwave and add rainbow colored Trix.

Next weeks theme will be Insects!! Stay tuned!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wee Speech Therapy Library

Wee Speech Therapy Library

Another new program we're excited to tell you about is our Summer Lending Library.  Our lending library is located in our reading room.

The kids were issued their own library cards.  :)  Too cute right?!

Each week, they have the opportunity to check out a book.  The library teaches the kids responsibility and how to care for library books.  It is a great opportunity for them to have more reading opportunities during the summer when they do not have access to their library at school. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Alphabet Week at Wee Speech Therapy

During our second week of summer camp, we focused on the alphabet.  We used the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" for our story time.

We started each session reading the book in our reading room.  The kids love our bean bags so much! 

Next, we moved to the craft room where we had lots of letter fun!  First, we made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom noise makers.  The kids filled bottles with beads, jewels and glitter and decorated the outside with colorful letters.

We also made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees with construction paper and stick on letters.

The little ladies of Wee Speech got to make bead bracelets with the letters of their name.

We also had an alphabet scavenger hunt. Gracie was the winner!

We ended each day with Bagel Bites and Scrabble Cheez-It's.  How cool are these?  The kids loved searching for their favorite cracker letters!

 We had so much fun learning the letters of the alphabet this week!

Pirate Week at Wee Speech Therapy

We chose a pirate theme to kick off our summer program at Wee Speech.  For story time, we chose the book "The Pirate Who Couldn't Say Arrr!" by Angie Neal. 

All pirates say “ARRR!” All of them, it seems… but one. Join the journey of how one pirate learned to say “arrr” as you travel with him on an adventure across the seas to roar this most famous of pirate expressions!

Here's a link to find this book:

For our pirate craft, we made articulation and language sailboats.  The kids built sailboats out of tongue depressors and pipe cleaners.  Artic kids wrote pirate words with their target sounds on their boats and language kids had to come up with pirate their words to write on their boats. 

We also made pirate eye patches.  The kids loved pretending to be pirates when plundering through our sensory treasure box filled with all sorts of pirate goodies. 
We also had a treasure hunt where we hid items all over the facility.  The children were read clues and had to search all over for the items.  The hunt eventually led to our treasure chest, hidden in the closet!

We had a blast at Pirate Week, and we hope our kids did too!

What is a speech/language disorder??

A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds.  A language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.

Speech disorders include:

Articulation Disorders- difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can't understand what's being said

Fluency disorders- problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions or prolonging sounds and syllables

Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders- these include difficulties with drooling, eating and swallowing

Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:

Receptive Disorders- difficult understanding or processing language

Expressive Disorders- difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way

Welcome to our blog!

About Us:

Wee Speech Therapy is new to the blogging world.  We have created this blog to keep our parents up to date with the happenings at our clinic.  Wee Speech Therapy provides competent, quality speech therapy services to qualifying children from birth to 18 years of age.  Our clinic is located in Hartsville, South Carolina.  Wee Speech screens and evaluates children for speech therapy services.  We provide services in language, articulation, phonology and fluency disorders.  We also provide services for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders.  Our therapist's are trained in treatment in Dysphagia/Swallowing difficulties.  We provide early intervention for speech and language development.

Our Staff:

Elizabeth W. Little, MCD CCC-SLP
Elizabeth is a native of Lake View, South Carolina.  Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia College in Columbia, SC.  She completed her post graduate studies at the University of South Carolina, earning a Master of Communication Disorders degree.  Elizabeth currently holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  Elizabeth began her speech therapy career as a school based therapist working for Dillon School District 1 (Lake View Schools) and Florence School District 1.  Elizabeth also has work experience with Carolinas Hospital Systems, Cooke's Associates Skilled Nursing Facilities, Heritage Healthcare Skilled Nursing Facilities, McLeod Home Health and Wilson Medical Center.

Nia I. Johnson, MCD CCC-SLP
Nia studied Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at SC State University in Orangeburg, SC and Speech Language Pathology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC graduating with a Master's in Communication Disorders in August 2004.  Nia is currently a Doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Florida.  Nia is a member of the American Speech Hearing and Language Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, incorporated.  She is also licensed by the state of South Carolina as a Speech Language Pathologist.  She has gained experience and knowledge by working in the public school setting, home health, rehab and skilled nursing facilities.  Nia lives in Darlington, SC where she is currently employed as the lead speech therapist for the Darlington County School District.

Jessica Griggs, BA SLPA
Jessica lives in Hartsville, SC.  Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.  Jessica maintains South Carolina Licensure as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant.  She has experience in the treatment of many speech and language disorders in children and adults.

Tracy Cooper, BA SLPA
Tracy is a licensed speech pathology assistant with over 10 years of experience with the pediatric population.  She graduated from SC State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  She currently lives in Salters, SC.

Summer Camp

Wee Speech Therapy offers individualized therapy sessions for our children.  This summer, we are offering a summer camp program for our children.  Each week has a different theme with story time, crafts, and snacks.  Our children are loving the themes so far.  We will be posting pictures from each week to show our parents and followers what we have worked on each week.