Tub Time Fun

By Robin Williams-Harnish Let’s face it – the demands of parenting are great. As I coach families to support their child’s communication development in everyday routines, I ask families to tell me which routine their child enjoys the most.  I love when parents say ‘bath time!’ Aha -a perfect opportunity to “bathe” a child in … Continue reading

Fueling the Fun

  By Sarah Witmer Whether it’s a grab and go snack or a baking experience children love to participate in creating and, of course, eating their creations!  If you’ve got a picky eater on your hands let them choose the ingredients and get to the kitchen!  When children are exposed to and learn to enjoy … Continue reading

Holding on For Dear Life

Holding on For Dear Life

The staff at the S June Smith Center work from an early age to help families be able to participate as fully in their community as they desire.  One mother has agreed to share her story in hopes that it might be helpful to other parents who are on this same journey. My name is … Continue reading

Communication Through the Power of Music

Communication Through the Power of Music

By Heather Smith When music casts is magical spell on us, it can impact our feelings, make us have fun, trigger memories, and it can facilitate language development. The power of music is well-documented and well understood by those who have experienced it. In my experience as a speech language pathologist, I have seen the positive … Continue reading

Bathtime

Bathtime

For many children, water is fun and creates great memories of splashing around and exploration. After a wonderfully fun filled summer playing in pools with many of my families, I want to encourage everyone to remember that we can still take advantage of the many benefits of water and water play on a regular basis … Continue reading

Integration, Inclusion and Early Intervention

Integration, Inclusion and Early Intervention

As a speech therapist working in early intervention, occasionally I work in homes with one child. The rest of the time I’m working in homes with at least one, two or sometimes three or more children.  I find that parents with other children in the home will often apologize to me, promising to keep the … Continue reading

Oral Motor Exercises: Working with Food

Oral Motor Exercises: Working with Food

Incorporating food is a wonderful way to add another sensory element to oral motor exercises. These activities should only be done with children who have already mastered eating the food described in these activities. Please consult your therapist if you are unsure if these activities are safe for your child. Apple Ahhhs To do apple … Continue reading

S. June Smith Center Stories: David

When we asked David’s parents, David Jr. and Yvette, to describe their son, they said “sunshine!” David’s bright personality enjoys playing with matchbox cars. His favorite book is the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. David attends the S. June Smith Center Preschool. David, Jr. and Yvette shared some of his milestones while … Continue reading