Spending quality time with your family

 

This past week I took off from work and spent it on vacation with my family.  It was wonderful to be away with them and I feel very lucky to have the memories of being on vacation.  I realized when I was away that I utilize many of the speech and language strategies during my natural interactions with my children……specifically the strategies for increasing expressive and receptive language as well as the strategies I use for cognitive rehabilitation. 

One of the fun language activities we did during the week: we all came up with our own made up name…and I would then provide a silly definition for their “name”….and the definition specifically related to their personality.   For example….Gregory decidied that his name was “Hee-Hee“….and his name defined was: someone who moves super fast and is unable to stop moving…..this truly describes him….we call him the jumping bean at times….because he really does not know how to stop moving…until the moment his body is asleep in his bed.   By the way: these are the rest of the silly names: Yaba-Yaba, Sukoo-Sukoo, Kadja-Kadja, Gwongo and Sekie-Sekie.

I also told my oldest son that at one point during the week he had to try to be: Non-compliant.  This may sound funny to anyone that has a 14 year old….because why would you ever make that request……Zach, however, has always been a rule follower…since he was a little boy….he rarely says NO….and almost 100% of the time says words like: Ok…NO problem…Sure….Can I help…It’s ok…..I don’t mind.   And on vacation of course he continued with his compliancy….and we (the entire family) talked about what the word compliancy means….and what it would mean to be: Non-compliant.  My Andrew has a tough time being compliant…being flexible…adapting to a new situation and in dealing with his own frustration…he is quicker to cry…and  does not deal well with handling his frustration…and he knows this…and we work on it…trying to help him to become more compliant…trying to help him deal with his frustration…and being more adaptable in certain situations. 

One time during the trip Zach said no to carrying the camera for us following our request…he laughed and said: Ok, I have been non-compliant…now that’s it!  And he of course was completely compliant for the rest of our vacation.

What I wanted to emphasize in this post is that when you really begin to understand how to use the strategies I have written about under the teach me to talk…and teach me to understand pages….as well as the word finding help page….you should really begin to embed the strategies in your daily interactions with your little one.  Your language will just naturally begin to incorporate the words you need to enhance expressive and receptive language. 

One last thing….we were driving in the car at one point last week…and the song Lucky Man came on by Montgomery-Gentry….and my Katie said that the song perfectly described how she felt at the moment…and that our week together was great.  Family time can be anywhere…it does not have to be far away…it can be at home..in your kitchen sitting around the dinner table…or cozy in your den…enjoying the moments that go by too fast in life.

So I am thankful to have had this week with may family…..sad it went by so fast…but grateful to have been able to share the week with all of them.

 

LUCKY MAN

BY: Montgomery-Gentry

I have days where I hate my job
This little town and the whole world too
And last Sunday when the Bengals lost
Lord, it put me in a bad mood

I have moments when I curse the rain
Then complain when the sun’s too hot
I look around at what everyone has
And I forget about all I’ve got

But I know I’m a lucky man
God’s given me a pretty fair hand
Got a house and a piece of land
A few dollars in a coffee can

My old trucks still running good
My ticker’s ticking like they say it should
I got supper in the oven, a good woman’s loving
And one more day to be my little kid’s dad
Lord, knows I’m a lucky man

Got some friends who would be here fast
I could call ’em any time of day
Got a brother who’s got my back
Got a mama who I swears a saint

Got a brand new rod and reel
Got a full week off this year
Dad had a close call last spring
It’s a miracle he’s still here

But I know I’m a lucky man
God’s given me a pretty fair hand
Got a house and a piece of land
A few dollars in a coffee can

My old trucks still running good
My ticker’s ticking like they say it should
I got supper in the oven, a good woman’s loving
One more day to be my little kid’s dad
Lord, knows I’m a lucky man

Oh, my old trucks still running good
My ticker’s ticking like they say it should
I got supper in the oven, a good woman’s loving
And even my bad days ain’t that bad
Yeah, I’m a lucky man, I’m a lucky, lucky man

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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