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Look for us at the 2018 ASHA National Convention in Boston

Small Steps In Speech Board Members will be attending this year’s ASHA National Convention in Boston November 15th through 17th.  The ASHA Convention is an annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Look for us in Booth 1147 in the Non Profit Section.

By |September 6th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Look for us at the 2018 ASHA National Convention in Boston

10th Annual 5K Run/Walk On Your Marc

The 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at the Lower Providence Fire Department, in Eagleville, PA.

This is a community event which has been held each year since the passing of Staff Sgt Marc J Small on the weekend of his birthday.  This year, the 10th Annual event will be held on August 4th which is Marc’s actual birthday.  Since 2009, this event has raised over $275,000 for Small Steps in Speech to help children with the “small steps” needed to improve their speech and communication.

We encourage you to come join in the celebration of Marc’s life and the community that has supported Marc’s family and the mission of Small Steps in Speech over the past nine years.

Whether you are a runner or a walker or you just want to come out and support the cause, please do so.  Bring your friends, your family and your dogs (all dogs must be registered and wear an OYM bandana) and join the fun.  Your support will surely make the difference in the life of a child.

By |May 29th, 2018|News|Comments Off on 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk On Your Marc

September 2015 Newsletter: In the Spotlight

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Amanda

In the Spotlight:

Meet Amanda Charney, SSIS Founder

Small Steps In Speech is a national non-profit, but founder Amanda Charney’s mission to help the less fortunate extends beyond the borders of this country. For the past six years, after losing Marc, Amanda has embarked on summer journeys.

Some have been focused on healing and personal challenges, such as in 2011 when she ran a marathon in Alaska after a TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) session for women who lost loved ones in the military.   Other years she has travelled to impoverished regions of the world to do charity work with children. She’s done this on her own means, without the help of a sponsoring organization or tour guide. Amanda traveled to India in 2012, Tanzania in 2013, and China, Vietnam, and Cambodia in 2014 to volunteer her services as a Speech Language Pathologist in orphanages and schools.         

“It started as a pact between Marc and me for our bucket list,” Amanda says. “We wanted to see the seven wonders and continents.” After his death, fulfilling this pact became a way for her to remember him and self-reflect while still finding ways to help others. And more, she did it in order to prove that she could do it. “The best part is figuring out what as a human you can do by yourself. You have to put yourself in a scary situation, then put your faith in your gut and god.”

Going to these countries involved moments of culture shock for Amanda. At times she faced […]

By |September 28th, 2015|News|Comments Off on September 2015 Newsletter: In the Spotlight

September 2015 Newsletter: Back to School Article

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Back to School Article

by Joyce Tierney, MS, CCC-SLP

Board Member SSIS and owner of Speak to Me Kids private practice

Are you worried about your child’s speech and language development?  Look below to help you determine if you should seek help for your child…

What is a speech and language disorder: 

Any disorder that affects the way a person understands and produces speech and language such as but not limited to :

  •    difficulty with comprehension of language
  •    speech sound disorder (articulation, pronunciation)
  •     motor incoordination of articulators (tongue, lips, jaw)
  •    difficulty with forming organized, grammatically correct statements
  •    struggles with word finding
  •    difficulty understanding body language, sarcasm and social pragmatic language
  •    stuttering
  •    hearing loss

Signs of a speech and language disorder:

  • between the ages of 6-12 months your child is NOT smiling, babbling, reacting to sounds around them, closer to 12 months your child is NOT pointing to objects/people
  • between the ages of 12-18 months your child is NOT  imitating, waving, using new words, demonstrating an understanding of simple instructions
  • between 18-24 months your child is NOT demonstrating a burst in language with up to 200 words by age 2, labeling familiar objects/people/pets, developing play skills,  identifying body parts, requesting
  • at 3 years of age your child is NOT commenting about their environment, engaging in simple conversations, demonstrating an understanding of basic concepts such as colors, prepositions, etc
  • at 4 years of age your child is NOT asking questions regarding their environment, using up to 5 words sentences, following more complex directions, identifying shapes, colors and letters

Ways to promote speech and language skills:

  • Model language- through song, play and routine activities
  • nursery rhymes
  • pat-a-cake
  • talk through daily routines (dressing, bathing, etc)Read books to your child […]
By |September 28th, 2015|News|Comments Off on September 2015 Newsletter: Back to School Article

September 2015 Newsletter: Thank You From a Grateful Mother

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Thank you from a grateful mother…

February 4, 2015Gabriel

Board of Directors,

Gabriel has just finished the speech therapy visits allotted to him by Small Steps in Speech.  We can’t thank you enough for giving our son the opportunity to receive speech therapy especially at a time when our resources were very limited.

Gabriel very much enjoyed the weekly therapy.  He warmed up to his new therapist in no time and worked hard throughout each session.  As Gabe’s mom, I was grateful to be allowed to sit and observe during all of his visits.  Hopefully, that experience will enable me to further Gabriel’s progress at home.

Gabriel continues to make slow but steady gains.  He is currently enrolled in the Preschool Program for Childhood Disabilities at our local school where he will continue to receive weekly speech therapy.

Thank you again for taking the time to read about our son and his challenges.  Approving Gabriel for the Small Steps in Speech grant has been a huge blessing to him and to our family.  May God continue to bless you in your very important work.

Sincerely,

Gabriel’s mother and father, Texas

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September 2015 Newsletter: Attention SLPs

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SLPs:  Do you know a family who is struggling to afford speech therapy?  We want to help!

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7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K/Walk

Thank you to the sponsors, participants and volunteers for another successful day celebrating Marc Small through On Your Marc 5K.

Did you attend the 7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K/Walk? If so, you might find yourself in the photos taken by The Times Herald.  If not, check them out and plan on attending next year! Click here to view The Times Herald photos from the 7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K/Walk.  If interested, individual photos can be purchased on The Times Herald site.

 

 

By |August 23rd, 2015|Fundraisers, News|Comments Off on 7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K/Walk

Application Deadline is November 1, 2015

November 1, 2015 is the next deadline for applications for funding for speech and communication therapies by Small Steps in Speech.  You may download the application and send by either mail, email or fax.  http://www.smallstepsinspeech.org/grant-application/individuals/.  Additional funding is available for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech due to a partnership between CASANA and Small Steps in Speech and for children treated by a PROMPT certified SLP through PROMPT Institute.  For questions, contact wendy@smallstepsinspeech.org

7th Annual On Your Marc Furry Friends!!

Our furry friends enjoyed the beautiful day too with their On Your Marc bandana!  Bring your dog next year!  Save the Date – 8th Annual On Your Marc August 6, 2016

 

 

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Happy Birthday to our Fallen Hero

Please take a moment on Marc’s birthday to read his story on the Travis Manion Foundation website.

By |August 4th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Happy Birthday to our Fallen Hero