Promoting Kindness

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, let’s teach kindness.

To me, Valentine’s Day is more than just hearts, candy and super cute teddy bears. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to teach our little ones about LOVE and KINDNESS! The concept of “kindness” or “being kind” is not always one that comes easy to children. In my speech therapy sessions, as well as at home, I find that books can be really helpful when it comes to understanding what it means to be kind. Here are a few of my favorite books about kindness:  

  1. Planting Seeds of Kindness 
  2. Kindness Rules 
  3. Be Kind 
  4. A Little Spot of Kindness 
  5. The Kindness Book 

This year, instead of just signing your child’s name (or having your child write his/her name) on those mini Valentine’s Day cards, encourage your child to think of something kind to say about each of his/her friends! You can ask questions such as, “What do you love most about Michael?” or “Why do you like to play with Sarah?” To make it even easier, see if your child can finish your sentence, “Michael is so…” or “I like Sarah because she is…” These little acts of kindness can go a long way!   

Tanya Topper, MS, CCC-SLP

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!