It’s hard to believe it is the first day of September already! Let me introduce myself to you, my name is Kristi Ash and I am a recent full time addition to King’s Speech and Learning’s Speech Pathologist Staff. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!) and my Masters degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. It was great to explore our nation’s capital, but New England is home and I am very excited to be back in Connecticut working in private practice. In undergrad I always felt the number one piece of advice people gave is to find something you love to do to make your career. Well now that I am on the other side of school and out in the working world I couldn’t be happier that we treat such a wide variety of clients here at King’s Speech.
King’s Speech was busy this summer with new summer social groups, wonderful additions to our staff – including a new Occupational Therapist, and getting ready for our big move. That’s right, after five years in Simsbury, King’s Speech and Learning Center is moving down the road to Avon. Our new address is 56 East Main St., Suite 202, Avon, CT. We will be conveniently located on Route 44 in the same plaza as Kumon Math and Calico Corners and across the street from Bruegger’s Bagels. For many of our clients the new office will be a shorter drive. I know I am looking forward to being closer to the center of town, and the surrounding restaurants and stores will make for great carryover of functional goals within the community. Our new office will have some exciting changes: the main office is on the second floor, but we will have a room on the first floor for social groups or handicap clients; and our sensory room and gym is getting a face lift. New swings and a climbing wall are coming soon. I am particularly excited about having larger treatment rooms with plenty of natural light!
We know this is a busy time for everyone, with going back to school and readjusting to new schedules after a summer of relaxation. Anna Fredman has a wonderful article (linked below) discussing some tips for helping your child with speech and language difficulties adjust to going back to school. Although she is talking about Ohio learning standards, her suggestions apply to all kids heading back to school. I specifically agree with the idea of extra downtime for your child after school As we all know, any child with speech or language difficulties has to work a little harder throughout the day than their peers, and that extra time to decompress can make a world of difference to them.