The Cornerstone Speech Therapy Team has been busy this winter! We are seeing children in their homes as well as at our Powell office location for speech and language evaluations and on-going treatment. We treat a variety of speech and language delays and disorders, including expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, language concerns secondary to an autism spectrum diagnosis or Down syndrome, social language difficulties, and more. Not sure if your child is meeting communication milestones or not? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 973-9755, or visit www.cornerstonespeechtherapy.com; we would love to speak with you. Our licensed and experienced speech-language pathologists are here to help!
The holiday season is officially upon us! Funny how time seems to move a little more quickly as each year passes; this year was no exception. It was another successful year at Cornerstone Speech Therapy. We continue to feel blessed each day by the children and families we work with. We are also beyond thankful for our talented, hard-working and just plain FUN team of speech therapists and support staff! We reached out to our staff to find out their favorite holiday traditions:
Katy Linscott, speech therapist
“I would have to say decorating the tree is my all-time favorite Christmas tradition! I have many of my family’s childhood ornaments, combined with new ornaments I’ve collected as an adult, and I LOVE remembering the stories behind each ornament as we unpack them. Watching my two-year old daughter delight in the tree, ornaments, and magic of the season is just the icing on the cake!”
Janelle Pickens, Cornerstone Speech Therapy owner and speech therapist
“We go out on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year and chop down our Christmas tree with the grandparents. We follow it up by a yummy home-cooked meal and decorating!”
Emily Ferjencik, speech therapist
“Our Christmas traditions include a Christmas countdown calendar, visit crazy Christmas light houses in Westerville, see the train at the Columbus main library, Zoo Lights, State Auto’s Christmas Corner…we are adding the Nutcracker to our list this year. We open a few presents on the 24th from Baby Jesus, as is the Slovak tradition, then Santa brings more gifts to open on the 25th. My husband’s “name day” is the 26th so he gets yet another gift… three days in a row for him! We also visit my son’s preschool Christmas program each year.”
Whatever your family holiday traditions include, we hope you enjoy the season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Cornerstone Speech Therapy!
‘Tis the season for crisp weather, pumpkin pie, bonfires, and being thankful! While we at Cornerstone Speech Therapy are thankful all year long for our bountiful blessings, we would like to take a moment to reflect on how truly fortunate we have been. Our team members recently shared what they are thankful for:
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Emily Ferjencik: “Health and family… I know those are pretty generic but it’s the truth” (We agree, Emily!)
Cornerstone Speech Therapy owner and SLP Janelle Pickens: “I’m so thankful that I have two precious daughters and a loving and supportive husband who stand with me and have my back through the challenges of being a business owner. I’m also so thankful for my awesome team who I can trust to love and care for each and every family who enters our practice.”
Office Manager and Intake Coordinator Angi Morris: “I am thankful for friends.”
SLP Stephanie Oswald: “I am thankful for my amazingly supportive husband and my awesomely sweet Zachary and Caroline.”
SLP Katy Linscott: “I am thankful for a job that allows me to do what I love while being flexible so that I can spend time with my husband and daughter, and for my entire family living in the same county as me!”
In addition to our personal testimonies, we of course couldn’t discuss giving thanks without bringing up the amazing families we work with day in and day out. Cornerstone Speech Therapy is truly blessed to work with the best families in central Ohio! Without you all, allowing us to be a part of your family and continuing the hard work between visits, progress would simply not happen. We may be the experts in speech and language development but YOU are the experts on your child, and we couldn’t do it without your expertise and dedication. So thank you for all that you do!
SLP Stephanie Oswald recently shared a success story she experienced with a family:
“A special family of mine showed me a speech box that they have made for their son. It has pictures, songs and objects that they practice saying every night before bed. Since repetition is the key for him, mom even included repetitive books such as Brown Bear that she felt would be beneficial for him. I admire the creativity of the family and their dedication to their son!”
Thank you for sharing, Stephanie- what a wonderful family!
In closing, we hope you are enjoying the start to the holiday season and are able to take a moment to reflect on the good things and happy moments that have occurred in your life over the past year. We know we have a whole lot to be thankful for here at Cornerstone Speech Therapy!
Autumn is finally here, and we hope you all have been enjoying this beautiful weather! Things have been busy around here at Cornerstone Speech Therapy, and we wanted to share some of our favorite “fall” things with you all.
- Pumpkin Patches:
- A pumpkin patch is a fun fall tradition in it’s own right, but did you know it is an excellent place to work on speech and language skills? A visit to a pumpkin patch is a great time to work on introducing new vocabulary words, building receptive skills (discussing big vs. little pumpkins, finding different colored pumpkins, following directions), strengthening social language (talking to other children, following social rules such as waiting in line) and articulation abilities (find as many things at the pumpkin patch that start with your target sound).
- Making Jack-O-Lanterns:
- There are SO many more ways to decorate a pumpkin than carving it with a knife. For toddlers, how about decorating a pumpkin with stickers! Repeatedly modeling “on” and “off” while they put the stickers on and off is a great way to introduce those basic concepts to your child. Do you have Mr.Potato Head pieces floating around your playroom? How about sticking those in a pumpkin to work on identifying and naming body parts!
- Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!:
- If it has pumpkin in it, we will love it. Get in the kitchen with your child and whip up something with an autumn flair! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, or even a healthy pumpkin smoothie… the options are endless, and cooking with your child is a great way to work on following directions (with a delicious ending!).
- Exploring Nature:
- Go on a nature walk with your child to work on following directions (“Can you get me a stick and a leaf?”) and expressive language skills (model simple object names and actions for your child as you walk along). You don’t need fancy or expensive toys to grab your child’s attention and teach them new words. With small children, simple is often better!
We hope you take advantage of this fleeting season and enjoy all that fall has to offer us. It’s easier to strengthen speech and language skills in your everyday routines than you may realize. If you have concerns about your child’s language skills, please contact us today at email@example.com or (614) 973-9755. We look forward to speaking with you!
Ready for school? We hope this will be an encouragement for each of you. How you prepare YOUR child for the path?
The start of a new school year brings new friends, new adventures, and sometimes new struggles. If you are noticing your child is having a hard time with their speech and language skills this school year (difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, following directions in the classroom, or possibly even interacting appropriately with their peers), please call us to determine if we can help. Cornerstone Speech Therapy can provide services in your home or our office setting to address the unique needs of your child and family. For more information please call (614) 973-9755.
Cornerstone speech/language pathologist, Stephanie Oswald, organized a play date this month for some of her families at our Powell office. Lots of fun and sharing together. Great idea, Stephanie!
To talk more about how Cornerstone Speech Therapy can help YOUR family, please contact us today at (614) 973-9755 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to speaking with you!
In a few weeks, Cornerstone Speech Therapy will be starting a new group, Toddler Talk, and there are still a few spots left!
Would you like you to know how to enrich your toddlers’ speech and language development in your real life? Through storytelling, cooperative play, singing, and conversation, you will learn that EVERY interaction with your little talker can be a meaningful and purposeful learning experience! Toddler Talk is a time for caregivers to interact with their children, as well as explore questions and ideas with other caregivers and a certified speech-language pathologist.
Who: Toddlers ages 18-30 months
Where: Cornerstone Speech Therapy, 7540 Sawmill Pkwy, Suite A-2, Powell
When: Thursdays, September 22nd through October 27th
Times: 9:45-10:15am or 10:30-11:00am
Cost: $200 (Delaware County Funding Accepted)
Please call Angi today at (614) 973-9755 to register. Registration closes SEPTEMBER 6TH. We hope to see you there!
Have you been following the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio? Owner, Janelle Pickens and her family got into the spirit at a summer luge run in Michigan this year. Hold on Norah! To see more of the fun and crazy things the therapists of Cornerstone Speech Therapy get into, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
At Cornerstone Speech Therapy, we celebrate every success, no matter how big or small. Here is a wonderful story from speech-language pathologist Stephanie Oswald, describing a recent success she experienced with a client:
“I have a 6 year old with autism that I have been working on social skills with. He was having a hard time talking about what other’s were talking about or engaging with other family members because he would perseverate on what he wanted to do or what he wanted to talk about. One day we had a lesson on “changing your plan”. We used the following visual cue to help him learn that he needed to change the plan on his head by taking the old plan off his head and putting on the new plan. Mom reports that this has been such a wonderful tool in their everyday life but was especially useful last week when they were on vacation at the beach with their cousins. He had a difficult time engaging with his cousins but mom was able to use the script of changing the plan from his “old plan” to a “new plan” to help him work on playing what his cousins wanted but he also worked on asking his cousins to change their plan so they could all play together.”
What a great story, Stephanie, and thank you for sharing! For more information on how Cornerstone Speech Therapy can help your family celebrate your own successes, contact us at (614) 973-9755, email@example.com, or www.cornerstonespeechtherapy.com today!
Please join experienced speech-language pathologist Jodi Newcomb for Cornerstone Speech Therapy’s newest group program this fall. Toddler Talk with Jodi will help parents and caregivers support speech skills and language development through story-telling, cooperative play, singing and conversation. You will learn that EVERY interaction with your toddler is meaningful! This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with your child while learning about language development and exploring any questions you may have with a certified speech-language pathologist.
Toddler Talk is for children ages 18-30 months old, and will meet Thursdays at 9:45-10:15 and 10:30-11:00 from September 22nd through October 27th, 2016 at Cornerstone Speech Therapy’s Powell office (7540 Sawmill Parkway, Suite A-2, Powell). The cost is $200 for the six-week session (Delaware County funding accepted). Please call Angi at (614) 973-9755 to register (maximum of 5 tots per session, call soon to reserve your spot). We look forward to speaking with you!