Activities to Celebrate Diversity

By Alexa Demyan,

Every day, adults and children alike are learning how to be more inclusive and celebrate the beautiful diversity in our world. Here are a few activities to help you and your family listen, learn, and grow in this pursuit. 

Read

  • Reading books that have racially and culturally diverse characters help children see, learn about, and empathize with people who are different from themselves. 
  • Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora is great for babies and toddlers.
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman is a beautiful story of self-confidence. 
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox shows how children all over the world share joy and love despite living, speaking, and looking different from each other. 

Crafts

  • Craft projects will allow children to see and think about physical characteristics that make us all different. By creating these works of art themselves, they can take pride in them and appreciate the beauty in diversity.
  • Use construction paper, foam sheets, or regular paper with crayons and markers to create paper dolls with varying skin tones. Give them hair, clothes, and personalities, and start playing pretend!
  • Cut out hand prints in a rainbow of colors and/or skin tones and create a wreath. Hang it on your front door or in a window to share the love with your neighbors! 

Play

Playing pretend and imagining that they are someone else can allow children to explore the hearts and minds of others, which helps them see things from their perspectives. 

  • Learn about people like Katherine Johnson, Duke Ellington, or Jesse Owens and play pretend! 
  • Play “Guess Who?” Give clues to help your child guess the person you are thinking of. Start with simple clues such as their favorite food or the color of their hair. This can help your child start to think about and appreciate what makes us all different, but also what we have in common!

Check out our Diversity Pinterest page for more activities and ideas!

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This post written for you by Natalie Day, M.S., CCC-SLP of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Valentine’s Day Activities at Home!

By Alexa Demyan,

By Natalie Day, MS, CCC-SLP

We are all used to the slump that comes with the cold days of January and February – the holidays are over and we are stuck inside (this year more than ever). That is why we love Valentine’s Day! A day for bright colors and spreading love, perfectly timed for when we really need a mid-winter mood boost. Why not dive into Valentine’s Day a little more this year? Here are some fun ways for your family to do so while getting some speech and language practice in:

Write Valentines for your family, friends, and neighbors.

Practice letter-writing format, complete sentences, and lots of descriptive vocabulary to tell someone why they are special to you! Deliver them to porches or send them through the mail as a socially distant way to spread the love.


Read Valentine’s Day books.

Hugs & Kisses for the Grouchy Lady Bug
By Eric Carle teaches us about making the world a kinder place

Mr. Goat’s Valentine
By Eve Bunting and is about the search for the perfect present to express Mr. Goat’s love

Little Ant’s Valentine
A kid-sized version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew


Do a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt.

Have kids cut hearts out of construction paper, then parents can write words on them for practice. They can be articulation targets, sight words, spelling words, anything! Then, hide them throughout the house and have kids search for them.

Partnering to Improve Communication for ALL

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center hosted the 13th Annual Great Communicators Golf Classic on October 19. Though the weather was less than favorable, our event was still a success thanks to the support of our community partners!

You can learn more about the impact of our annual fundraiser by checking out this short video produced by Zinnia Films.

Watch the video on YouTube here!

Thank you to all who donated, participated in our virtual Silent Auction & Raffle, sponsored and volunteered!

Impact Sponsors

Success Sponsors

Storytelling Sponsors

Hole Sponsors

Foursomes

COMDOC, Inc. ⚫ Elford, Inc. ⚫ HMB, Inc. ⚫ The Joseph Group ⚫ Ketchum & Walton Co. ⚫ The Scotts Miracle Grow Company ⚫ TSG Advice Partners ⚫ US Bank

If you’re interested in getting involved and making an impact in your community through our annual golf outing, please reach out to ccraig@columbusspeech.org. We’re always welcoming new partners and volunteers!

What’s the Chatter About?

By Alexa Demyan,

At Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, we know that the early identification of a speech, language, or hearing disorder is critical, but that it also leads to better outcomes.

The first two years of a child’s life are a critical period for their development of speech and language skills. Communication skills are essential in building the foundation of academic readiness and the earlier a child’s disorder is detected, the sooner a family can make the best decision for their child’s language and communication approach.

At Columbus Speech and Hearing we screen more than 2,000 children a year for early detection. We work with families to provide the best services to ensure children are able to develop the language skills necessary to help them communicate freely and actively learn.

We know that numerous studies have shown a link between a child’s language skills in preschool and their academic success later in life. You can ensure your child is ready for learning with a speech, language and hearing screening.

CSHC also knows know that piece of mind for parents and caregivers is important! That’s why we offer a variety of ways for you to discuss your child’s unique speech and hearing needs with a licensed speech-language pathologist.

Chatterbox

This free program connects you with a speech-language pathologist from CSHC for a casual Q&A about your child’s speech and language development. Our SLP can also provide fresh ideas for home activities, or help you determine next-steps for your child’s continued speech and language development.

Chatterbox sessions are open to anyone who has concerns regarding their child’s speech and language development. Chatterbox sessions can take place over the phone or via email with a licensed speech-language pathologist. You can contact Lora McConnell at (614) 261-5462 or lmcconnell@columbusspeech.org.

View our flyer or follow us on instagram for more information!

In-Office Speech & Hearing Screening

Early detection and intervention increase opportunities for success in school. Our In-Office Screenings offer families a chance to have an in-person, one-to-one screening with one of our licensed speech pathologists.

Our in-office screenings are a 20-25 minute screening to assess your child in the areas of speech articulation, receptive language, expressive language, social pragmatic language, fluency, and hearing to determine if a full speech and language evaluation is warranted. We offer screenings to any child age 3-7.

In-office screenings determine if speech articulation and language skills are age-appropriate and if there is any possible hearing loss or middle ear problems. Results and recommendations are provided immediately.

In-office screenings cost $30. You can inquire about an in-office screening for your child by contacting Janel Niekamp at (614) 261-5469 or jniekamp@columbusspeech.org.

View our flyer.

Community Speech & Hearing Screening

Our Community Outreach program partners with preschools, schools, early learning centers, daycares and more to offer speech, language and hearing screenings to children 3+. These screenings help to identify children with speech, language and/or hearing problems and provide families with the appropriate recommendations and referrals resources so that any necessary treatment and intervention can be done in a timely manner.

If you are interested in learning more about community speech, language and hearing screenings, please contact your school or daycare to see if they participate in this program!

Additional Resources

Learn more by visiting our Speech Services page to see a full list of services offered!

Check out our Pinterest page and Instagram page for educational and fun activities to target speech therapy goals in the home!

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