Friday, December 31, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Did you know?

Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries nearly three times more often than they go to the movies.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Internet safety

The Internet provides wonderful opportunities for learning, communication, and entertainment, but it also comes with some hazards.
  • Keep you personal information to yourself.  Don't share your name, phone number or address.  Make your social networking pages private.  Be cautious when sharing your email address. 
  • Don't meet anyone in person.  
  • Don't respond to rude or offensive messages. 
  • Be careful about pictures or videos clips that you post. 
  • Parents--provide guidance and talk to your kids about internet responsibility and safety. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

How does your child hear and talk?

          Every child is unique and has an individual rate of  development. This chart represents, on average, the age by which most children will accomplish the listed skills.              
 3 to 4 years
Hearing and Understanding:
¨ Hears you when you call from another room.
¨ Hears television or radio at the same loudness level as other family members.
¨ Understands simple who, what, where, why questions.
¨ Talks about activities at school or at friends’ homes.
¨ People outside family usually understand child’s speech.
¨ Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words.
¨ Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words.
4 to 5 years
Hearing and Understanding:
¨ Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about it.
¨ Hears and understands most of what is said at home and in school.
¨ Voice sounds clear, like other children’s.
¨ Uses sentences that give lots of details.
¨ Tells stories that stick to the topic.
¨ Communicates easily with other children and adults.
¨ Says most sounds correctly except a few, like l, s, r, v, z, sc, sh, th.
¨ Uses the same grammar as rest of family. 

  Children typically don’t master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each range. If your child hasn’t accomplished one skill within the age range, this doesn’t mean she has a disorder. However, if you have answered no to the majority of items in an age range, seek the advice of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Information provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.