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Tips and Tricks for Back to School Success!

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Have you noticed all of the “Back to School” gear in stores already? Going back to school after a long summer break can be stressful for everyone! New teachers, new routines, new struggles… don’t worry! Granite Bay Speech is here to help you say “GOODBYE” to those lazy summer days, and “HELLO” to juggling homework, music lessons, sports, and social lives. We want to help you create a smooth transition to school with our tips and resources.

 

Establish a consistent location at home for backpacks and homework.

Make sure backpacks are filled with essentials and leave it in an obvious place the night before school. Develop a routine for after school activities and homework. Create written checklists to avoid miscommunication. Post daily or weekly schedules using a different color for each child. Use write-on wipe-off boards for items that change frequently.

 

Agree on a homework schedule.

Establish a set time frame for children to do their homework. Use a timer to set expectations.  Allow your child to sit in a chair, beanbag, or on their bed, as long as they are able to work successfully! Children are individuals and need individual accommodations. Some children work best sitting in their beanbag while listening to music. Some children need to sit at a desk with silence. Children need to learn how they learn best and by providing choices we encourage them to respect their individual needs. Children also need physical breaks to release energy and get the blood flowing! Set a timer and encourage your child to stretch, run or do a crazy dance every 10-20 minutes to maintain maximum attention. Use more frequent breaks if your child is tired. Adjust the time based on age and personality.

 

Eat protein rather than carbs/sugar.

Avoid the sugar rush and help your child pay attention all morning by providing protein for breakfast. Add proteins to your child’s lunches and snacks; protein provides consistent energy versus carbohydrate and sugar snacks. Here are a few of our favorite snack ideas: Trail mix, slices of turkey and cheese rolled up, beef jerky or carrots with hummus.

 

Support learning and reduce stress with visual aids and free help from Granite Bay Speech

Use reference cards or reminders to follow the step by step process for completing a task, (“first do __then do__”).  Use Diagrams, Tables and Checklists to break complex tasks into less stressful activities.

 

Do you need a few tips or want to chat about developmental concerns? Do you need help obtaining therapy services from your school or medical health plan? Call us. We offer free phone consultations for your educational and medical concerns. Individual and group therapy is available at convenient hours.

Visit our website www.granitebayspeech.com to access tons of free handouts and visual supports! We have spent hundreds of hours designing our website with you in mind! Why spend time going from site to site when we have it all organized for you?

Have a wonderful school year and know we are always just a phone call away to chat with you!

Meet Kelly and Paige!

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We are so excited to announce our wonderful team has expanded! We have two new therapists,

Kelly Anderson and Paige Jones!

 

Kelly Anderson

Kelly graduated from California State University of Sacramento with her Bachelors Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She has over 18 years of experience working with children and adults. When not providing therapy, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and dogs. She is a proud aunt to her niece and nephew. Kelly likes gardening, hiking and camping. In her spare time, she loves baking and trying out new recipes. We are thrilled to have Kelly as part of our team!

 

Paige Jones

Paige graduated from California State University of Sacramento with her Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Growing up, she received speech services, so she knows firsthand the difficulties of not being able to communicate effectively. When not providing therapy, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She has three nieces and two nephews, whom she loves! Paige loves basketball and anything Disney. We are excited to have Paige on our team!

 

Kelly and Paige look forward to meeting you and your family!

Surviving a Technology-Driven World

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We are using electronic forms of communication more than ever, but do mediums such as texting, emailing and posting on social media truly count as “communicating?” Technology has changed our lives in many ways. While it has helped us accomplish great things, it has also changed how we communicate with others. Experts in the field are concerned about the current communication trend as the overuse of popular technology may lead to diminished speech, language and hearing abilities.

 

Statistics

 

  • 68% of 2 year olds use tablets at home
  • Every 30 mins of daily screen use increased the risk of expressive speech delay in children ages 6 months to 2 years by almost 50%
  • 44% of kids under 6 would rather play a game on a technology device than read a book or be read to
  • 48 minutes is the average amount of time spent on a mobile device per day by children under 8
  • 78% of teens check their devices at least hourly
  • 4 out of 5 smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up

While the statistics are alarming, there are ways we can help combat the issue.

 

Tips For Managing Tech-Time

  • Find at least one or two opportunities during the day to create tech-free times
  • Plan activities to keep children entertained rather than relying on technology
  • While educational apps do teach new skills, remember that children learn best through talking, conversing and reading
  • Social interaction is important so try to make tech use a group activity, such as while playing with family members or an online game with others
  • If young kids need their own tech devices for certain reasons, consider using one with features that provide extra security and limit content
  • Set screen time limits and keep track of the usage yourself or use devices that turn off automatically
  • Be consistent in implementing the rules you set for tech usage
  • Be sure to model the safe tech habits you want your kids to take after
  • Learn signs of communication disorders and ask for help from a Speech Language Pathologist if you notice something that may spark any concerns or questions.

Do you have any questions or concerns? Please contact us at 916-797-3307 or visit our website at www.granitebayspeech.com 

Sources:
Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative
National Association for Hearing and Speech Action
ASHA: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.