Cathy will be collaborating with a fellow SLP, Molly Filippini, to offer a social skills program this summer 2019. This is a unique opportunity since the program will use interactions with horses to teach social learning.
Horses are naturally social creatures who model many social behaviors that we see in human interactions, including body language, spatial boundaries, and energy regulation. Working with horses provides consistent opportunities for turn-taking, initiating and ending communication moments, and generalizing skills to new environments.
Please contact Cathy with any questions and for additional details.
Dates: June 10-14, 2019, (9:30am-11am per day)
Location: Medicine Horse Program, Boulder
A study from the University of Michigan discusses the negative effects of forcing a child to “say sorry”; enjoy the article: https://news.umich.edu/parents-take-a-timeout-before-you-force-your-child-to-apologize/
I frequently get questions about the “No-Thank-You Bite” — this is a brief article about some general principles we can keep in mind when eating with our kids:
Cathy will be teaching her bi-annual class to the Avista New Moms’ Group at Avista Hospital this Monday November 12. More details available through the Avista Moms & Babies Facebook Group, or contact Cathy for more information. Topics include communication and feeding milestones, as well as tips and tricks for peaceful family dynamics! Such a pleasure to work with this group of mothers.
More research about the importance of turns in conversation with young children, but this time in a preschool classroom setting (as opposed to only at home). Turns are sometimes nonverbal (e.g. a smile, a gesture); a great reminder to allow space and wait time for the child’s turn in a conversation. Enjoy!
Feeding Matters collaborated with Houston New Moms blog to discuss overstuffing in toddlers; this article is written by an SLP who does feeding therapy:
Recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics-- reading to young children may promote positive social-emotional skills! Reading aloud to children Birth-5 can improve attention and counteract less-desired behaviors like hyperactivity and aggression.
Another study about the importance of early childhood experiences: https://www.salk.edu/news-release/early-developmental-experiences-influence-dna-in-the-adult-brain/
New Research about why pointing matters: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cdev.12707
With video: https://www.childtrends.org/videos/wild-baby-talk-learning-by-pointing
The term "Hippotherapy" is often misunderstood-- here is a wonderful blog explaining what hippotherapy is, and how therapists use it for specific therapy goals:
Cathy is now offering speech-language therapy sessions with the use of hippotherapy through Medicine Horse Program.
Check out MHP's website to learn about hippotherapy and equine-facilitated therapy options: http://www.medicinehorse.org/staff/
I always enjoy speaking to the new moms at the Avista Hospital New Moms' Group. Please contact the Avista's Moms & Babies group on Facebook if you have questions about this great group of new mothers. This class will cover sign language, speech and language strategies, and ideas to get your little ones started off right on foods and general oral-motor skills. Many thanks!
I get so many questions about how to help children learn two languages... even if the parents are not fluent in more than one language. Here's a new study that addresses just that! Enjoy!
Krisi Brackett and Jo Cormack recently wrote blog articles that are family-friendly overviews. Read Krisi Brackett's post on learning to chew here:
Read Jo Cormack's post on stress during mealtimes here: