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November 2015 Speech News


November each year is ‘Good Nutrition Month’! It is a great month to bolster your own efforts to eat healthier, a great time to try out new nutritious recipes and to teach your kids about eating better.  

Why not set a goal of eliminating another one of your food addictions this month? Commit to looking up nutrition tips each week and trying out a new healthier dish that you can add to your regular meal plan. Use this month to educate your kids about eating right. Remind them about the My Food Pyramid and find something they are passionate about to motivate them to join in your Good Nutrition Month mission. Perhaps they want to be better at a sport, may be they want to fit in to some new clothes or even get stronger or just look better. Help them look up the healthy foods that will help them reach their goals or even try out recipes from different types of diets like vegan or raw food diets.  

There are a few other dedications for November. This includes being known as Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, Latin American Month and National American Indian Heritage Month. So perhaps you will also want to incorporate these ideas as inspiration for new dishes. There are also an array of individual special days for celebrating different types of foods during November including National Candy Day and National Doughnut Day, though why they land in Good Nutrition Month isn’t quite clear, but a good excuse for a couple of treats to break up an otherwise strict diet month. November 2nd is Sandwich Day, the birthday of John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich who is credited as the official inventor of sandwiches. Then of course you can’t forget about Thanksgiving. While traditionally a day people like to gorge themselves and fall asleep in front of the TV after a football game there are plenty of healthy dishes you can put on the table to go with your turkey. Have fun with it and enjoy Good Nutrition Month as a month for exploring new foods and tastes!

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About Native American Heritage Month

Information courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans" and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.

Dinner Talk Ideas (Questions to ask your student)

When doing “Dinner Talks” remind your child/ren to use their strategies in order to speak with correct pronunciation, be fluent, and to speak in grammatically correct sentences. Please correct your child’s errors when they are heard. Thank you for your continued support of your child’s speech and language program.

What are some ways we can eat healthier?

Together lets come up with some new healthy recipes to try. Look at a cook book together.

Practice reading some recipes with using your good speech. Then practice retelling it to your parent.

What are some Thanksgiving traditions you have? What does that holiday look like for your family?

What are you thankful for?

What are some of the American Indians you have read about/discussed in school?

How did the American Indians help our country?


5 minutes of daily practice is needed to help with the carryover process.


October 2015

Well the school year is into full swing and I wanted to keep you updated on “Dinner Talk” ideas for your students. Each month I will let you know topics that are being discussed at school.

Our new program Second Step that helps the students learn tools for problem solving is going great. Ask your students about the new words they have learned: empathy and respect.

October is school safety month and on October 16th we will be participating in a school wide “Shake Out.” All children and staff will practice what to do to protect themselves should there be an earthquake. Drop, Cover and Hold on are the terms that we teach and have them practice.

October is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development resulting from the presence of an extra chromosome – individuals with Down syndrome have 47 instead of the usual 46.

The presence of the additional genetic material alters development and causes characteristics that are associated with Down syndrome – including low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes and a single deep crease across the center of the palm.

How common is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome occurs in approximately one in every 691 live births, making it the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. There are about 400,000 Americans diagnosed with Down syndrome and approximately 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome each year in the United States.


Dinner Talk Ideas (Questions to ask your student)

When doing “Dinner Talks” remind your child/ren to use their strategies in order to speak with correct pronunciation, be fluent, and to speak in grammatically correct sentences. Please correct your child’s errors when they are heard. Thank you for your continued support of your child’s speech and language program.

What are your speech goals?

What are your speech strategies you use?

What are the days and times you go to speech?

Explain your speech homework folder if you haven’t done so yet.

Explain what you have learned about the topics stated above.


5 minutes of daily practice is needed to help with the carryover process.

Executive Functioning

Involve your child/ren with planning the fun in the sun to hone in on organizational and critical thinking skills.

            What do we need to pack for our day at the zoo, beach, etc?

            Make the shopping list for a BBQ and strategize where to buy each item

            How many pounds of potato salad do we need for the party?

            Create a water obstacle course with sprinklers and water balloons

            Making crafts

            Following recipes and cooking

            Create a schedule of summer activities, prioritize them and pick the dates

            Work on time management – guess how long an activity will take

Keep on schedule – make sure that getting ready and eating breakfast is done in a timely fashion

            Model “self talk” while completing tasks – so they understand that it is broken into parts

            Create simple problems for them to solve

                                        At Home Games to Practice Speech and Language

Go Fish: you can use a regular deck of cards to review numbers, or you could use other decks of cards (can be found at Wal-Mart, Kmart, etc) that contain pictures of animals, opposites, shapes, colors, etc.  There are many areas to target while playing Go Fish.  Here are just a few examples

Practice Formulating Questions:  The game gives children an opportunity to practice formulating the question “Do you have a ….” multiple times during the game.   .

Vocabulary Development: It may be easier to use a deck of cards that have pictures on them (Again, found at most stores) rather than a regular deck.  Additionally, it may be easier to print, cut, and paste pictures onto 3x5’’ index cards to make your own game!

Articulation Practice: Again, it may be easier to print, cut, and paste your child’s speech sounds on index cards; however, you could also use a regular deck of cards and play a regular game.  If you notice a speech sound error, correct and have them repeat your model.

Description/definition Practice: Have your child describe the picture they want from you, e.g. Do you have an animal with feathers that flies and lays eggs?

Memory Game: If you have a memory game, it would be a great chance to strengthen memory skills, same/different concepts, and of course, speech sounds. 

Picture Walk with Books: Looking through a variety of picture books with your child will encourage reading, as well as targeting language and speech sounds.  Have your child describe the pictures they see in a book (using their “good speech sounds,” of course).

Mrs. Lauten’s Speech and Language Website: Please refer to my website for any additional information regarding speech and language development and activities.

Additional Online Games: There are many websites out there to help parents work with their children at home with their speech and language.  Here are just a few:


Speech Language Pathologists in Lisle Community Unit School District 202

Theresa Lauten M.S.Ed., M.A., CCC-SLP
Licensed Speech Language Pathologist

Services Schiesher Elementary Grades Kindergarten & 3-5

Referral Form: Theresa Lauten

Mary Bumpus M.A. CCC-SLP
Services Lisle Junior High School & Lisle Senior High
(she is a part-time Speech Language Pathologist 
for Lisle School District)

Referral Form: Mary Bumpus

Our mission

To provide quality speech-language services to children with communication disorders and give support to their families.

Click here for articulation milestones

State Foundations

ISHA (Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association)

ASHA (American Speech, Language and Hearing Association)
SFA (Stuttering Foundation of America)
Illinois State Learning Standards


Click on the links below to find out more about each topic:

Apraxia Articulation
Autism Craniofacial
Hearing Home Activities
Language Nonverbal
Phonology Pragmatics
Stuttering Swallowing
Voice Word Finding

Created by Theresa Lauten M.S.Ed., M.A., CCC-SLP 
                Licensed Speech Language Pathologist


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