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Create your own summer camp!

As school comes to a close and I meet with parents to report on their child’s progress and plan for the next school year, the question that comes up every time is “What can I do with my child this summer?” For many of the families that I work with, summer camp is not an option. Here is a list of some of the activities I suggest to families, to keep their children engaged and actively learning throughout the summer

1. Make ice pops

Who would have thought that an activity so simple could be such a rewarding language experience? You can bring your child to the market to pick out fresh fruits to use. You can talk about the different sizes and colors of the fruits and examine the seeds. Have the child tell you the steps you took to make the pops. At the end, everyone has a nice, cold ice pop to enjoy!

2. Visit a local museum, zoo, or aquarium

In Brooklyn, we have access to some of the world’s best art and culture. Take advantage of this, in a child-friendly way! Before going, you can read a book about some of the things you may see. For example, if going to the museum (on a rainy day, of course!), you could read “When Pigasso met Mootisse” by Nina Laden before going. This way, the child will have some background knowledge/new vocabulary before your adventure! Afterwards, you can talk about what you’ve seen and create your own artwork!

3. Create an outdoor scavenger hunt

Don’t keep the kids cooped up in the air-conditioned house! Send them out into the fresh air. Together with your child, you can create a list of things to find in your backyard/on a walk/in the park…For younger children, the list can be visual. For older children, you can make a list that they must read.

4. Keep a journal

Many of my students leave New York City for the summer months. This is a great time for them to record what they are doing. I advise children to tie together sheets of paper or to get their child a small notebook and a disposable camera. The child can then have fun taking pictures and writing about all the interesting things they saw. Plus, they will have something to share with their classmates when they return in September!

5. Go to the beach

Everyone goes to the beach at least once during the summer. Why not take the opportunity to enhance language skills? There are some great picture printouts that you can color and use before going.

Let your child enjoy and benefit from the summer months. These simple activities will help you both have a fun and rewarding summer.

For more information, contact Jocelyn M. Wood

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. whois . dns server Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.

Empowering and supporting speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists by:

Advocating on behalf of persons with communication and related disorders
Advancing communication science
Promoting effective human communication

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The National Association of Young People Who Stutter

If You Stutter…You have FRIENDS!

FRIENDS is the only national organization dedicated solely to empowering young people who stutter and their families. Our mission is to provide support and education to children and teens who stutter, their families and clinicians.

stutterFRIENDS is a non-profit, volunteer organization directed by Lee Caggiano, a mother of a son who stutters and a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in stuttering. Founded by in 1997 by John Ahlbach, an adult who stutters and Lee Caggiano. Painfully aware of the urgent need of support for young people and their parents, and of the paucity of available services, FRIENDS was founded to provide this much needed support. Years of personal and professional involvement in the self-help/support movement have allowed us to create a compassionate, knowledgeable and empowering organization. Our members include the young people who are our focus, their parents and siblings but also adults who stutter and Speech Language Pathologists that have a special interest in stuttering.
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