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Newsletter: February 2011

Newsletter, February 2011


Detecting Speech &
Language Disorders

For almost every child, the development of speech and language follows a very typical and specific pattern. Success in therapy has shown that the earlier an impairment can be recognized, the higher the rate of recovery is. Therefore, today, parents are advised to look for signs of delays in children, as early as a baby’s first year.

Speech and language disorders in school age children can pose serious challenges to the learning process. Language is the basis of communication; reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. When a child presents with trouble articulating, voicing, stuttering, or producing speech sounds correctly, he or she may be showing signs of a speech disorder. A language disorder may be present in a child who shows symptoms of trouble understanding others, sharing thoughts or ideas, or the basic principles and rules for structuring sentences in language for social interaction.

Though the causes for most speech and language disorders can be hard to pin-point, it has been determined that infants with certain complications, injuries, abnormalities, nerve damage, or loss of hearing at birth can present with many issues that often lead to trouble in speech or language development. Genetic disorders such as Autism, Asperger’s, or cleft palate, can also have adverse effects on the speech, language, or cognitive development of a child.

Speech and Language Pathologists are professionals who work to evaluate and diagnose speech, language, swallowing and cognitive-communication disorders in children and adults. Their job is to assess each patient to determine the extent of the disorder. In cases that involve school age children, they work to provide recommendations for an (IEP) Individual Education Plan, along with providing suggestions for follow up support at home. Patients may receive speech therapy in either a classroom or clinical setting, as speech and language disorders can be developmental or acquired. This makes it crucial for speech and language pathologists to work in collaboration with other health care professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.

In most states, speech and language therapy is offered in public schools as a support service for children with communication delays or disorders, which can negatively impact social, emotional, or academic functioning. In-school screenings, evaluations, treatment and consultation services are available; although in certain cases, parents may be referred to specialists. The best results for a child’s success are usually found in coordinated efforts between parents, teachers, and speech and language professionals.

Student of the Month
Matthew Sheehan

Matt, a student athlete and senior at North Attleboro High School, has demonstrated noteworthy improvement in both his academic effort and academic achievement. Matt began working with JBG in spring of 2010 and has since put forth great effort to improve his grades, prepare for the SAT, and apply to college. His tutor states, "Matt has been such a pleasure to work with. Watching him grow in academic motivation and achievment has been such a blessing to me! I look forward to our weekly meetings, and I am excited to see what the future holds for him." With plans to study either environmental science or fire science in college, Matt has a promising future ahead of him. We are proud to name him JBG Educational Group's February Student of the Month! Congratulations Matt! You deserve it!

World Traveling Before College?
Although ahead of the competition in many categories, America is a bit behind on the “gap year” concept. Extremely popular in Europe, Gap Year programs are designed for high school graduates to get out and explore the world, while gaining hands on experience, before entering their first year of college. Teens who have participated in these programs claim to have gained a broader global perspective, a better understanding of self, and increased independence. Many programs place students right in the heart of a culture, so they can live and learn amongst the locals, whether that is in Cambodia, Uganda, or Fiji—to name a few possibilities. Gap Year programs offer volunteer opportunities, paid work experiences, worldwide travel, sports education, wildlife adventures, and much more in many exotic locations. Real Gap Experience is a popular gap year organization that offers programs to 35 different countries worldwide! Scuba dive in Thailand…Learn to surf in Costa Rica…Sail in Australia…Become a ski instructor in the Swiss Alps…Work on a ranch in the outback…Spend a semester at sea…Teach English to impoverished children across the globe…Visit www.realgap.com to learn about over 250 gap year possibilities!

Tutor of the Month
Stacy Padula

This is Stacy's third school-year with JBG Educational Group. She is a Wentworth Presidental Scholar and certified academic tutor through the International Tutor Association. Stacy specializes in tutoring SSAT/ISEE/HSPT/SAT/ACT prep, college admissions essays, English, and Math. As Program Director of JBG Educational Group, she manages and trains the staff, while being in charge of company PR, networking, and marketing. Stacy is also the author of Montgomery Lake High, a young adult fiction book series, published in 2010, that touches on the subjects of substance abuse, recovery, bullying, and self-acceptance. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys skiing, writing, bowling, traveling, spending time with her family & friends, and volunteering. Stacy believes strongly in encouraging others to use their gifts and talents to reach their full potential.

Tip of the Month

Get a good night’s sleep TWO nights before a big exam or important activity. Your body’s energy level is one day behind your sleep pattern!

Kids, Clubs, & Video Games

Is the video game epidemic robbing kids of the social skills, exercise, and fresh air they need? What happened to the days of playing outside until the streetlights turn on? Or playing flash light tag in the neighborhood? With so much emphasis on technology today, it is easy for kids to isolate themselves from their peers by drifting off into the virtual world. Getting your kids involved in school clubs, town sports, and community activities at a young age will help them gain the interpersonal skills they will need for the future. It is also a great way for kids to explore their interests and learn more about their own talents and personalities. Participating in clubs, activities, and sports helps kids build friendships with those who have common interests. With spring around the corner, it is an excellent time to begin researching what upcoming activities your community has to offer your children!

From the Minors to the Majors

When teens enter high school, they go from a world filled of twelve year olds, to hallways filled with eighteen year olds. Although the age difference between 28 and 34 might not seem very large, the difference between 12 and 18 speaks volumes. This eye-opening transitional period is the perfect time to encourage your teenager to become more self-sufficient. Managing complex and rotating schedules, while budgeting time for homework, clubs, and sports—amongst social and family events—is a difficult task for anyone to accomplish without proper organizational skills and set priorities. Teaching your teenager time management skills and allowing them to exercise their own judgment can reap great rewards.

Quote of the Month

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Ward