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January 17, 2017

Trick of the Trade from Jamie Hinchey, MS, CCC-SLP

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As a speech therapist I am often working on articulation or development of speech sounds with children between the ages of 5-8. After this holiday season, I noticed that so many of the children I see received some form of technology for Christmas, whether it was an iPad or a different type of tablet. Although it is important to set boundaries on the amount of technology your child uses, it actually can be helpful when working on articulation and home practice. This provides a motivating and fun way for children to want to participate in articulation therapy, which is not always the most fun.

Lately, I have started to use the video or camera feature on the tablet to have the child record how they are producing the sounds. This provides the opportunity for the parents to see how therapy is going if they are unable to be home. It also gives the child a chance to see how they produce each sound and “rate” their sounds. If a child is able to hear the difference in their sound production it often helps them to fix their errors and accurately produce the sound. Another way to have this video feature used in therapy is to record activities so the child can continue to practice throughout the week. The most important part of articulation therapy is the carryover while at home.

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January 22, 2016

Feeding Tube to Family Table: What Does it Mean to Treat the Whole Child?

ASHA feeding tube speech language pathology Our talented SLP, Heidi Moreland, presented at the 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference in Denver, to share what we know about successfully helping children transition from feeding tube dependence to the family table. Tube-dependent children have missed the opportunity to  learn the foundational skills of feeding, but they have also failed to gain an understanding of the purpose of eating. We believe that tube-fed children need to learn to eat in the same safe way that other kids learn to eat, utilizing the same principles of healthy eating that are good for everyone. Mealtimes are meant to be a social part of a child’s day, including conversations about the day, story time, or laughter.  When a child is unable to enjoy those mealtimes they are missing out on such an emotional piece of their day.

At Spectrum Pediatrics, we strongly believe that all children should learn how to eat in their home environment where they feel relaxed and comfortable. A healthy relationship with food that is shared by the whole family leads to freedom from tube-feeding, enjoyment at mealtimes, and lifelong healthy eating habits

If you are interested in learning more about Heidi’s presentation, click here and check out page 26!

February 4, 2015

FREE Parent Workshop – Bilingual Language Development

An Evening with Ashley Dowler, MS, CCC-SLP
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm

Learning language is a complex task which children seem to do with ease. Learning more than one language is easier for children than adults, but it does add a level of complexity to the task and can prompt further questions. Please join us for an informative night with Spectrum Pediatrics’ speech-language pathologist, Ashley Dowler, as she provides information on the basics of bilingual or multilingual language development. A portion of the presentation will address how speech and language evaluations can consider bilingual development in the assessment to make appropriate recommendations. Parents will leave the session with some general strategies to encourage listening and speaking skills across multiple languages, insight into different methods of language learning and how speech and language evaluations can consider bilingual development in the assessment. A question-and-answer period will also be included at the end of the workshop to target questions specific to your family’s needs. We hope to see you there for this enlightening presentation!

To register, call (703-299-0051) or email (therapy@spectrumpediatrics.com).  Space is limited!  We hope to see you there!

 

January 14, 2015

FREE Parent Workshop – Toddler Talk: Information About Your Child’s Language Development

An Evening with Jamie Hinchey, MS, CF-SLP
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm

Language skills are essential for making friends, interacting with adults and functioning well in school. It may seem like talking “just happens,” but there are many things you can do to help your child progress during the toddler and pre-school years to prepare them for later. Please join us for a night dedicated to early language and communication skills with Spectrum Pediatrics’ speech-language pathologist, Jamie Hinchey. Jamie will address typical speech and language development, including early talking, articulation, listening skills, stuttering, and forming sentences. She will share strategies to encourage language development and listening skills in your daily routine. Language delays happen for many different reasons; Jamie will discuss the components of speech and language evaluations and how to get started. A question and answer period will be included to target discuss questions and concerns you have about your child.

To register, call (703-299-0051) or email (therapy@spectrumpediatrics.com) by January 26, 2015.  Space is limited!

Click HERE to see more details about the upcoming presentation!  We hope to see you there!

 

September 19, 2014

FREE Parent Workshop: Re-Defining Feeding Aversions

An Evening with Jennifer Berry, MS, OTR/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, CLC
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm

Please  join us for an informative night with our Occupational Therapist, Jennifer Berry, and Speech Language Pathologist, Heidi Liefer Moreland.  Jennifer and Heidi will be discussing the most overlooked causes and contributions to feeding aversion.  We will be answering the question: Is a child’s food refusal a dysfunction or a skill they learned to cope with the world around them?  Parents will leave with specific ideas for how to improve and protect their child’s relationship with food.  A question and answer period will allow parents to get individualized advice and support.  We strive to empower parents and children so that they can get back on the path to happy and healthy eating.

To register, call (703-299-0051) or email (tracy@spectrumpediatrics.com) by November 7, 2014.  Space is limited!

August 22, 2014

FREE Parent Workshop – Infant Massage

An Evening with Ashley Glasser, MS, OTR/L
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm

Please  join us for an informative night with our occupational therapist, Ashley Glasser, about the basic fundamentals of infant massage.  This includes the history of infant massage, the importance of touch to babies, and the overall benefits of the Infant Massage USA approach. There will be opportunity for questions and answers following the seminar. She will have information on how to register for the five week course that will be-gin in October. We hope to see you there to take advantage of this wonderful new service at Spectrum Pediatrics!

 

This event is FREE! To RSVP please email tracy@spectrumpediatrics.com or call 703-299-0051.

Click HERE to see more details about the upcoming presentation!  We hope to see you there!

 

June 9, 2014

FREE Parent Workshop – Infant Massage

An Evening with Ashley Glasser, MS, OTR/L
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm

Please join us for an informative night with our occupational therapist, Ashley Glasser, about the basic fundamentals of infant massage. This includes the history of infant massage, the importance of touch to babies, and the overall benefits of the Infant Massage USA approach. Ashley will also be looking for some families that would be interested in participating in FREE infant massage classes. She will explain how to get selected and the structure of those sessions during her presentation. There will be opportunity for questions and answers following the seminar. We hope to see you there to take advantage of this wonderful new service at Spectrum Pediatrics!

This event is FREE! To RSVP please email tracy@spectrumpediatrics.com or call 703-299-0051.

Click HERE to see more details about the upcoming presentation!  We hope to see you there!

 

May 15, 2014

Second Annual Spectrum Pediatrics Family Picnic

Angel Park, 201 West Taylor Run Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22314
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 3:00-5:00pm

Spectrum Pediatrics invites you to join us for some family fun at our second annual Family Picnic! All are welcome to participate in the festivities. Please bring a picnic lunch for your family. Fruit and beverages will be provided. There will be activities to enjoy as you mingle with our specialists and other Spectrum Pediatrics families. We hope to see you there!

This event is FREE! To RSVP please email tracy@spectrumpediatrics.com or call 703-299-0051.  Please let us know how many adults and children will be attending.

Click HERE to see more details about the upcoming picnic!  We hope to see you there!

 

May 7, 2014

FREE Parent Workshop – Toddler Talk: Information About Your Child’s Language Development

An Evening with Lauren Civiello, MS, CCC-SLP
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm

Please join us for an informative night with Spectrum Pediatrics’ speech-language pathologist, Lauren Civiello, as she provides information on the basics of language development. Lauren will address appropriate speech milestones from birth to school age, including articulation, listening skills, sentence structure and length and stuttering. A specific emphasis will be placed on the toddler years from age one to four. Lauren will also share some general strategies for parents to apply in the home to encourage listening and speaking skills. A portion of the presentation will also address speech evaluations and the components of a language assessment. A question and answer period will also be included to target your specific questions about language development to your child. We hope to see you there for this informative presentation!

This event is FREE! To RSVP please email tracy@spectrumpediatrics.com or call 703-299-0051.

Click HERE to see more details about the upcoming presentation!  We hope to see you there!

 

January 27, 2014

FREE Parent Workshop – Sensory Processing Explained

An Evening with Ashley Glasser, OTR/L
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8:30pm

Ashley Glasser

How do our senses help us learn? What implications do sensory issues have for interacting successfully with those around us and our environment? Please join us for an informative night with Spectrum Pediatrics’ occupational therapist, Ashley Glasser, MS, OTR/L, as she provides information on the basics of Sensory Integration and what happens when Sensory Integration is not successful, also known as Sensory Processing Disorder. She will also provide more in-depth information regarding sensory modulation disorders (a subtype of Sensory Processing Disorder), including over-responding, under-responding, and sensory seeking behaviors. Sensory diets will be defined, and examples of activities for the diet will be shared. A question-and-answer period will also be included in the workshop to target each parent’s questions regarding their own child’s needs. We are excited to see you for our first Parent Workshop in 2014!!

This event is FREE! To RSVP please email tracy@spectrumpediatrics.com or call 703-299-0051.

Click HERE to see more details about the upcoming presentation!  We hope to see you there!