The Communication Corner: Read Aloud 15 Minutes Every Day




ReadAloud 15 Minutes National Campaign






“We all agree there is an education crisis in this country, beginning with kindergarten readiness. There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of organizations working on the problem — yet the solution remains elusive.” -Read Aloud 15 Minutes Campaign (

April 25, 2013 (Orlando, FL)-  On May 15, 2013 at 6p-8p, Pamela Rowe, Speech Therapy will celebrate May as Better Speech and Hearing Month by hosting a Free Community Pizza Party at Northwest Community Church, 5495 Clarcona Ocoee Road, Orlando, FL 32810. This energetic, exciting event will kick off the Read Aloud 15 Minutes National Campaign in Central Florida. In addition to enjoying free pizza, families will learn about why and how they should read to their children from Birth every day for a minimum of 15 minutes.

“We are pleased to bring this national campaign to Central Florida. Our Speech-Language Pathologists work with many families in the Community that need encouragement and support in this area. This event will have offer live demonstrations from experts that will show parents how to read to their children and pave the way for school success,” explains Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director of Pamela Rowe, Speech Therapy.

Imagine if those talents and energies were united behind one key strategy to improve U.S. education.

Imagine if community leaders, employers, day care providers, preschools, schools and civic and faith-based organizations echoed that same message.

Imagine if parents and caregivers across the country repeatedly heard one clear and straightforward directive on how to improve their child’s readiness to learn.

Imagine if we all united behind one simple and powerful message: Read Aloud 15 MINUTES. Every child. Every parent. Every day.






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Communication Corner: GREAT DEALS AROUND TOWN!

Have you ever wondered where you can find some great therapy tools that won’t break the bank? As an avid shopper, I have found a few noteworthy locations!

First and foremost, my favorite store is Target. If I can find things for me and things for work all in one place, you have my attention. Target always has a conveniently located dollar section right up front. In this section, you can find all kinds of fun, cute things, they have stickers, puzzles, pencils, books and other little things you can use as rewards for a job well done.

The next location you might not expect to have a big selection of fun crafty things is Staples. I recently picked up some foam puzzles at Staples with numbers and the alphabet. Kids love playing with them, and they provide a great learning tool!

Looking for an even cheaper option? With technology today, we sometimes forget there are these thing called… libraries. Stop by your local library and enjoy a plethora of options. This provides an absolutely free option. Reading is so important in a child’s life and every kid should have a library card and be able to choose the books they like.

And for my Internet lovers out there or people that want to try something fun and new, there is Pinterest. is a site loaded with crafts, handouts, and fun new games to try in therapy. With a little searching, you will find more things than you could ever handle! Don’t take my word for it, though. Get out there and find out for yourself. Your children and your wallet will thank you!

-Courtney Ziobro, BS, SLP-A

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The Communication Corner: Using the Advice Column To Catapult Communication

As a Caregiver of an adult loved one, you may find yourself lost in the daily routines of caretaking. In any given day, there are numerous tasks to complete.  Why not take a few moments out of the day to shoot the breeze, have a laugh, and focus on someone else’s problems? The daily newspaper (whether in print or online) provides plenty of opportunities to do this in the Advice Column.

Advice Columns (i.e. Hints from Heloise, Dear Abby, Miss Manners) offer excellent conversation starters that promote communication, listening comprehension, reasoning, problem solving, safety, organization, figurative language use, immediate and delayed memory  recall, and self-expression. Moreover, it can add entertainment in the midst of healing from a new or even chronic illness.

Here are some questions to get the conversation started:

-What do you think the real problem is in this situation?
-What could they have done differently?
-What would you do if you were in that person’s shoes?
-How is this situation different from how things used to be?
-What would you say in this situation?

Taking time to chit chat and find the humor in everyday life despite your current situation will add a necessary element of brevity in your season of recovery.

-Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

The Communication Corner: Summer Reading, Here We Come!

It’s almost time for summer! Beach, barbeques, pool parties, and picnics are probably your priority summer plans ( at least if you’re anything like me). However, there’s another important activity for which summer allows… READING! Your children have a lot more free-time during the summer. Let’s make the most of their two months off from school and ensure that reading is a top priority for your student this summer! There are many, many resources for parents to obtain school-aged reading books! Check out your local library. It’s free, convenient, and has TONS of books for children of all ages and levels.

“But, why is it important to read over the summer? Don’t they read enough in school??!”
While children read daily in school, they still need to practice their reading skills at home. Further research has proven that children who read twenty minutes per day read on a higher grade level than children who do not. Successful student readers read daily.

“But my child is not interested in reading. I cannot get them to read anything.”

In my experience, most children are not independently motivated to read, especially when they are young. The motivation to read often comes from a home figure who makes reading a fun, exciting, and bonding experience between child and adult. Adult encouragement and motivation are big factors in a child’s motivation to read. Here are some tips to make reading more interesting:

1. Determine what your child is interested in and get books about that topic.For example, if your child loves animals, go to the library and get some books all about animals. If your child loves video games, get him/her a book all about a video game…. reading is an extension of interests.

2. Incorporate summer activities into reading. If you are taking a trip to the zoo next week, check out a book about a specific animal at the zoo, a book about zoos, or a book about zoology!

3. Create a reward system for reading. Determine a rewarding activity that your child would like to earn. I recommend that people do not opt for a food reward, but an ‘activity’ reward. Create a criteria for which your child will earn that activity based on the child’s current level of reading. For example, if the child often reads on book a week create a goal that your child will read two books per week- then they earn a trip to the park. Slowly raise expectations and rewards as the child becomes more successful.

Important Tips:
-Select books and reading passages that are within your child’s reading level. If you are unsure of what grade level your child reads, feel free to ask your child’s teacher, reading coach, or speech-language pathologist.
– If your child is easily frustrated while reading, try taking turns reading. Have your child read a few sentences then you read a few sentences. This may help ease his/her frustration.
– The best way to help your child sound out words is by breaking up syllables and having the child combine the syllables ( summertime… summ-er-time).
– Talk about each page or chapter once complete. This models appropriate comprehension strategies and allows your child to connect with what they are reading.

Happy Reading!

-Katelyn Kost, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

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The Communication Corner: Amazing Adventures Await At The Library!

There are amazing adventures to be had at your local public libraries! Many branches have summer reading programs designed for all reading ages and abilities, as well as shared reading group sessions for younger children. There are computer classes designed for tweens (age 6-12) and teenagers, with many different topics available to explore, including how to create comic strips, make a music video, as well as learn about internet safety. The virtual library is a fantastic free resource to keep kids occupied with literacy-based games, coloring pages, and fun online books. Many books can be either downloaded to your digital reader or smart tablet, or be sent to your home address, for free!

Summer reading is vital for kids to maintain their language skill level. Research has shown that children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency (Allington et al, 2010).

Here are some websites to explore! Have fun and have a wonderful summer!

Orange County Public Library
Seminole County Public Library
Osceola County Public Library
Lake County Public Library

University of Tennessee at Knoxville (2010, July 22). Summer reading is key to maintaining or improving students’ reading skills.ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 3, 2013, from­/releases/2010/07/100721112234.htm

-Kim Stewart, MA, CCC-SLP

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