May is Moving Month for Lumiere Children’s Therapy!
This month, we’re settling into our long awaited, spacious, new location at nearby NEWCITY 1500 N Clybourn Ave. Our state-of-the art facility will have double the space, plus a slew of new amenities for kids and parents. Here are some of the highlights:
NEWCITY location – one block north from previous location
5,500 square feet
3 preschool classrooms
Designated sensory room
Indoor playground with rock climbing wall & bicycle track
5 treatment rooms
Easily accessible, ground-level entry
Expanded enrichment class hours for after school and weekends
On-site, two-hour validated parking
Curbside pick-up and drop-off capability
Open House dates coming soon for fall!
Did you know that May is Better Hearing & Speech Month? Our Speech Therapy lead therapist, Lea, offers insight on Child Directed Speechand shares some tips on how parents can promote better language development in their child.
The use of language underlies almost everything we do in life. Parents and caregivers play such an important role in helping this skill develop.
Have you ever noticed how we as adults, automatically adjust the way we speak when we are interacting with young children? Our pitch is higher, our rate is slower, and we sound almost musical. In addition, we tend to simplify the words we use and we use fewer words than we would when speaking to an adult or an older child. We also tend to stress the important words in the particular phrase or sentence we are using. We are usually highly responsive to anything a young child verbally produces and we celebrate every sound that comes out of the child’s mouth as though it were something quite insightful.
There’s a name for this special way we speak to small children and it is called Child Directed Speech. Research has found that using Child Directed Speech is highly beneficial for language development. Babies whose parents use Child Directed Speech are likely to have a larger vocabulary and better grammatical accuracy. Further, the use of Child Directed Speech encourages children to participate in conversations and can help instill confidence in their interactions. But how do we continue to encourage small children to learn and develop language, and how do we help those that may be struggling? Here are some things that parents and caregivers can do to encourage their children to use language in meaningful ways:
Self-Talk - Talk out loud about what you’re doing
Parallel Talk - Talk out loud about what your child is doing
Sing - Songs like Old MacDonaldcan teach language through interaction. Encourage your child to say which animal to sing about next by pausing so they can fill in the name. Also encourage your child to imitate the sounds the animals make.
Reading - Read to your child from a young age. Talk about the pictures, point to and label new vocabulary and encourage your child to do the same.
Simplify - Use short phrases and sentences
Add One Word - Use one more word than your child is using; this will encourage language expansion
Say it Back - Repeat what your child has said back to them with stress on any correction word/words
Comment - Make more statements than questions
Wait - Pause and give your child time to respond
Be Forgetful - Let them ask for what they need, for example a fork or spoon at mealtime
Sabotage - Set it up so they need your help, for example, give them a container they cannot open and have them ask for help
One at a Time - Give only one thing at a time, for example, blocks at play time or goldfish at snack time, so they have to ask for more
Give Choices - “Do you want _____ or _____?” Let your child tell you what they want.
We hope you find these tips useful, and that they help you to be more confident in helping develop your child’s speech and language skills.
Source: Apel, K., Masterson, J., & American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2012). Beyond baby talk: From speaking to spelling : a guide to language and literacy development for parents and caregivers. New York: Three Rivers.
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A great way to bring awareness to stuttering is to find ways you can help while speaking to someone with this speech impediment. Most experts agree that what matters most when speaking to a child who stutters, is speaking to them at a pace that promotes their fluency. Below are some helpful tips on how to speak to a child who stutters:
1. Reduce the pace.Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes before you begin to speak. Your own easy relaxed speech will be far more effective than any advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly. For some children, it is also helpful to introduce a more relaxed pace of life for awhile.
2. Full listening.Try to increase those times that you give your child your undivided attention and are really listening. This does not mean dropping everything every time she speaks.
3. Asking questions. Asking questions is a normal part of life – but try to resist asking one after the other. Sometimes it is more helpful to comment on what your child has said and wait.
4. Turn taking.Help all members of the family take turns talking and listening. Children find it much easier to talk when there are fewer interruptions.
5. Building confidence.Use descriptive praise to build confidence. An example would be “I like the way you picked up your toys. You’re so helpful,” instead of “that’s great.” Praise strengths unrelated to talking as well such as athletic skills, being organized, independent, or careful.
6. Special times.Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet calm time – no TV, iPad or phones - can be a confidence builder for young children. As little as five minutes a day can make a difference.
7. Normal rules apply.Discipline the child who stutters just as you do your other children and just as you would if he didn’t stutter.
Tips courtesy of The Stuttering Foundation, https://www.stutteringhelp.org/
When we started out 10 years ago, our VISION was to create, capture and celebrate 100,000 Magic MomentsSM by the year 2020. What are Magic MomentsSM? They are every small step, every little success and tiny milestone met that makes a big impact on the lives of children and families in meeting their family goals.
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May 2: Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, 10am-1pm, Soldier Field. Free
May 4: Best of Bump Club & Beyond Resource Fair, 8:30am, Swissotel Chicago
May 6: Calm Waters @ Shedd Aquarium 4:30-7:30pm
May 7-13: Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
May 11: Parent Empowerment Expo hosted by the Office of Diverse Learner Support Services Chicago (ODLSS) 9am
May 13-19: National Stuttering Awareness Week
May 14: National Apraxia Awareness Day; wear blue in support!
May 19: Everyone at Play @ Kohl’s Children Museum 9:30-11:30am
May 25: Sensory Friendly Mornings @ Brookfield Zoo 9-10am
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