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Lisle Speech Language Pathologists


October 2016 Speech Update

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

October is school safety month. At the end of September the children and staff practiced 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.


August/September 2016

Welcome back to school. I am Mrs. Lauten (formally Miss Mac) your student's Speech Language Pathologist. Keep a look out for your child's speech folder in the upcoming weeks. Daily speech practice is the only way to master the skills we are working on in the therapy room. 5 minutes of practice is all I ask for. Use homework time to practice. All students are required to read daily, so have them read a page to you out loud or ask them to summarize what they have read with using good articulation, grammar, organization/sequence and fluency. Practice makes progress.

All Lisle schools are using the program Second Step to give our students skills for social and academic success. The program will provide the students with common vocabulary and language when working with others. This month the students are learning the words RESPECT and EMPATHY. Be sure to ask your children what they have learned at school.

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

Everyone can benefit from improving their executive functioning skills


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