Ruth W. Bass, MS, CCC-SLP

- Licensed and Certified Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist

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Island Therapies specializes in​ a variety of​ intervention​s​ with children from ​infancy​ through high school who have speech and language impairments and is currently providing diagnostic and therapeutic speech and language services to children who have abnormal auditory perception, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, auditory processing deficits, phonological disorders, receptive and/or expressive language disorders, developmental and neurogenic fluency disorders, oral/speech motor disorders, tongue thrust, and word retrieval difficulties.​ ​

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We assess, treat, and help prevent speech and language disorders, cognitive communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related impairments which are treated through individual and/or group therapy. We help patients develop and/or recover reliable communication and swallowing skills so they can fulfill their educational, vocational and social roles.

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• So... as it turns out... you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! ;-]
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Helping your child develop prelinguistic skills is easy and fun!
Below are five simple tips taken from @epichealthservices:

1. Encourage eye contact. Position toys and yourself at her eye level. Sit on the floor across from her while you read her a book and hold the book near your face. When you show her an object, hold the object close to your face. Do not give her objects she wants until she looks at you to ‘request’ it.

2. Use simple gestures. Wave hello/goodbye, nod your head for ‘yes’ or shake your head for ‘no’, and point to say ‘look’. Toddlers often use these gestures to communicate before they use words. By using these with your child, she will learn them, too.

3. Improve her joint attention. Joint attention is your child’s ability to look at an object you’re holding or watch an activity you’re doing. Improve her joint attention by identifying and pointing at items in picture books. Point out different things to her while you’re together and encourage her to look.

4. Teach her how to take turns. Give her an electronic toy to play with, and take turns pushing the buttons with her. Play with blocks and take turns stacking them with her. Roll a ball or toy car back and forth with her. Taking turns is an important skill to develop to hold conversations.

5. Teach her how to imitate you. If she makes a sound, make the same sound. If she dances, you dance. After you imitate her a few times, try something new and wait for her to imitate you. You can use this activity to help her learn and practice the different sounds she can make with her mouth. 
But most importantly, remember to be creative, silly and have fun!
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• So... as it turns out... you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! ;-] ____________________________________ Helping your child develop prelinguistic skills is easy and fun! Below are five simple tips taken from @epichealthservices: 1. Encourage eye contact. Position toys and yourself at her eye level. Sit on the floor across from her while you read her a book and hold the book near your face. When you show her an object, hold the object close to your face. Do not give her objects she wants until she looks at you to ‘request’ it. 2. Use simple gestures. Wave hello/goodbye, nod your head for ‘yes’ or shake your head for ‘no’, and point to say ‘look’. Toddlers often use these gestures to communicate before they use words. By using these with your child, she will learn them, too. 3. Improve her joint attention. Joint attention is your child’s ability to look at an object you’re holding or watch an activity you’re doing. Improve her joint attention by identifying and pointing at items in picture books. Point out different things to her while you’re together and encourage her to look. 4. Teach her how to take turns. Give her an electronic toy to play with, and take turns pushing the buttons with her. Play with blocks and take turns stacking them with her. Roll a ball or toy car back and forth with her. Taking turns is an important skill to develop to hold conversations. 5. Teach her how to imitate you. If she makes a sound, make the same sound. If she dances, you dance. After you imitate her a few times, try something new and wait for her to imitate you. You can use this activity to help her learn and practice the different sounds she can make with her mouth. But most importantly, remember to be creative, silly and have fun! ___________________________________ #slp #slpa #slp2b #slpeeps #speechtherapists #occupationaltherapists #speechlanguagepathologists #slplife #speechlife #moms #dads #parents #grandparents #aworldofdifference!

• Fun game for beginning readers to help them understand the relationship between phonemes (the sounds we hear in a word) and graphemes (the letters that represent those sounds). It’s fun taking turns asking and answering: What’s that letter? What sound does it make? What’s a word that starts with ____ ?  Not to mention fine motor skills. AND... who doesn’t love fishing?? 🎣 Made by @cozybomb_ . 
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• Fun game for beginning readers to help them understand the relationship between phonemes (the sounds we hear in a word) and graphemes (the letters that represent those sounds). It’s fun taking turns asking and answering: What’s that letter? What sound does it make? What’s a word that starts with ____ ? Not to mention fine motor skills. AND... who doesn’t love fishing?? 🎣 Made by @cozybomb_ . __________________________________ #slp #slpeeps #slplife #slpa #slp2b #speechlanguagepathology #specialneeds #speechtherapist #occupationaltherapists #pediatricslp #dyslexia #reading #writing #phonemicawareness #aworldofdifference!

• It’s true!! Kids who seek vestibular input oftentimes seek proprioceptive input as well. These two senses are the powerhouses of the whole sensory system, and they work closely together. To learn more, investigate sensory seeking activities and proprioceptive activities. You might like to chat with an occupational therapist if you suspect your child needs intervention in these areas. 
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• It’s true!! Kids who seek vestibular input oftentimes seek proprioceptive input as well. These two senses are the powerhouses of the whole sensory system, and they work closely together. To learn more, investigate sensory seeking activities and proprioceptive activities. You might like to chat with an occupational therapist if you suspect your child needs intervention in these areas. __________________________________ #slp #slpeeps #slp2b #instaslp #slpsofinstagram #speechtherapy #occupationaltherapy #audiology #slplife #audlife #otlife #asd #autism #speechlanguagepathology #sensoryprocessing #vestibularsystem #proprioception #momlife #dadlife #kidlife #oclife

• Thank you to @mrsspeechiep who has the best graphics!! ____________________________________
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• Thank you to @mrsspeechiep who has the best graphics!! ____________________________________ #slp #slpeeps #slp2b #slpa #ashaigers #speechlife #autism #speechlanguagepathology #slplife #momlife #dadlife #familylife #kidlife #oclife #playtherapy #socialskills #pragmatics #sensoryprocessing #asd #socialpragmaticlanguageskills #speechtherapy #spdawareness #occupationaltherapystudent

• Great tips from @mrsspeechiep 
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• Great tips from @mrsspeechiep ___________________________________ #slp #slp2b #slpa #slpeeps #slplife #momlife #parentlife #dadlife #parenting #grandparenting #speechlanguagepathology #playtherapy #aworldofdifference!

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• Happy Thanksgiving •
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• Happy Thanksgiving • ___________________________________ #slp #slpeeps #slp2b #aud2b #socialskills #tablemanners #slpa #slplife #momlife #familylife #dadlife #parenting #grandparenting #thanksgiving🦃

• Good & Bad • Right & Wrong • Correct & Incorrect • Old & New •
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Last week, while interning a grad student, I realized how many times I emphasize using “non judgmental” language when working with little kids.  ___________________________________
I never ever want children to feel that their speech production, swallow pattern, stuttering, play skills, language formulation, or attempt at anything is “bad” or “wrong”. I want them to feel a sense of freedom and power when they put forth the effort to change and grow.  I like to bolster their maturing little selves by proclaiming with joy, “You did that in your NEW way!”
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If words matter (as many SLPs will agree), then ours need to be positive and uplifting because we’re forming self-images. What kind of little minds do we want and how do we want to shape them? 
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I say we pat them on the back for trying NEW things and bolster their self-confidence. 
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#slp #slp2b #slpa #comdislife #slpgradstudentlife #slplife #audlife #speechlanguagepathology #instaslp #audiology #occupationaltherapy #specialeducationteacher #instaslp #slpeeps #asd #autism #stuttering #fluencydisorders #phonology #articulationdisorders #parenting #languagedisorders #grandparenting #swallowingdisorders #tonguethrust #playtherapy #parenting #grandparenting #aworldofdifference!

• Good & Bad • Right & Wrong • Correct & Incorrect • Old & New • ___________________________________ Last week, while interning a grad student, I realized how many times I emphasize using “non judgmental” language when working with little kids. ___________________________________ I never ever want children to feel that their speech production, swallow pattern, stuttering, play skills, language formulation, or attempt at anything is “bad” or “wrong”. I want them to feel a sense of freedom and power when they put forth the effort to change and grow. I like to bolster their maturing little selves by proclaiming with joy, “You did that in your NEW way!” ____________________________________ If words matter (as many SLPs will agree), then ours need to be positive and uplifting because we’re forming self-images. What kind of little minds do we want and how do we want to shape them? ___________________________________ I say we pat them on the back for trying NEW things and bolster their self-confidence. ___________________________________ #slp #slp2b #slpa #comdislife #slpgradstudentlife #slplife #audlife #speechlanguagepathology #instaslp #audiology #occupationaltherapy #specialeducationteacher #instaslp #slpeeps #asd #autism #stuttering #fluencydisorders #phonology #articulationdisorders #parenting #languagedisorders #grandparenting #swallowingdisorders #tonguethrust #playtherapy #parenting #grandparenting #aworldofdifference!

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• Sunday Funnies • __________________________________ #slp #slpeeps #slplife #playonwords #sarcasm #humor #mixedmetaphors #banklife #doublemeanings

• Here’s a good example of preference for sameness, routines, and/or restricted play. This sweet little child frequently plays with the mailbox and fire hydrant in my office. He puts them together. Over the weekend, when his parents took him to a children’s museum, he picked up the fire hydrant from one location and carried it all the way across a very large space to place it next to the mailbox.  This is repetitive play, but in his mind, they always go together. 😃 [posted with permission] 
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#slp #slt #slplife #slpeeps #slp2b #slpa #speechtherapy #specialneeds #speechlanguagepathology #socialskills #pediatricSLP #privatepracticeSLP #asd #autism #aspergers #specialeducationteachers #momlife #dadlife #kidlife #asdlife #parenting #parentlife #familylife #pediatrician #aworldofdifference!

• Here’s a good example of preference for sameness, routines, and/or restricted play. This sweet little child frequently plays with the mailbox and fire hydrant in my office. He puts them together. Over the weekend, when his parents took him to a children’s museum, he picked up the fire hydrant from one location and carried it all the way across a very large space to place it next to the mailbox. This is repetitive play, but in his mind, they always go together. 😃 [posted with permission] __________________________________ #slp #slt #slplife #slpeeps #slp2b #slpa #speechtherapy #specialneeds #speechlanguagepathology #socialskills #pediatricSLP #privatepracticeSLP #asd #autism #aspergers #specialeducationteachers #momlife #dadlife #kidlife #asdlife #parenting #parentlife #familylife #pediatrician #aworldofdifference!

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• SLP Brain • For Inquiring Minds• _______________________________ #slp #slpeeps #slplife #slpbrain #slp2b #speechlanguagepathology

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