Hilltown Families


Summertime requires a lot of organization. Some kids flourish with the structure of schedules, while others enjoy that bit of looseness in planning in order for some creativity to bud and grow. It’s never a bad thing to just take a time out and to do something a bit different on a consistent basis. It freshens things up and adds a constructive brand of spontaneity.

This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, speech-language pathologist Kahy Puckett has some great suggestions for introducing innovative language activities that require just a few minutes of commitment daily. Read on to learn how to harness this with some clever language activities that are completely manageable while maintaining a hectic schedule.

Being a newcomer to the world requires a lot of guidance, development and mentorship. In this month’s column, “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Kathy looks and how she works with her new puppy, Cricket, and how handling her behavior takes the same kind of patience and caring she finds when working with young children.

How to build sustainable summer plans? Having buy-in at the summer planning phase from your children leads to a smoother and more enriching experience for everyone. By letting your children into the decision-making process you empower them and give them part-ownership in family activities. This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Kathy encourages families to allow children to contribute to their summer plans so they feel invested in outings and trips. In return, you just might be rewarded with their engagement and sweeter summer memories!

“We don’t learn in a straight ascending line,” writes Kathy this month in her column, “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills.” As the end of the school year looms on the horizon and emotions intensify with students, Kathy recommends trying to bring learning to a deep level with learned language skills in many setting beyond the therapy room. Patience and encouragement is key as kids move forward, slide back, and then move forward again.

“Memory effects every aspect of our learning,” writes Kathy this month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills.” “When working with children with memory difficulties, I tend to think about two aspects of long term memory: the information going in and getting stored, and the process of finding it and retrieving it so it can be used. Some things that help storage and recall include…

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