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Speech Therapy

VIDEO: We Asked Therapists, Why Barrett?

We asked a few speech therapists to share their thoughts on Barrett Family Wellness Center. They discussed the varied environment options for different ages (sensory gym, kitchen, fine motor room, therapy room); the cross-over options with sessions and groups; and … Continue reading

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On Air with Barrett and Lady Law WTAG Radio

On November 12, 2016, Phyllis Barrett Samara (Owner of Barrett Family Wellness Center) and Andrea Quinn (Speech Director at Barrett) joined Lady Law Host of Legal Ease, Attorney Allyson Cohen for four radio segments that aired on WTAG Radio 580 … Continue reading

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Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions for 2016

Toys We Play with Every Day Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions If you ask a child why they go to Barrett Family Wellness Center, their response may very well be “to play!” Much of our pediatric occupational … Continue reading

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Giving a Voice

by Melissa Warner, M.S., C.C.C. I have the most rewarding, amazing job in the world. My job enables me to give a voice (whether through speech, gestures, signs, or augmentative communication options) to those who have trouble finding it on … Continue reading

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Every Day and Every Child is Different

by Amanda Nemeth, M.Ed., C.C.C. I love my job. The most rewarding thing about my job is watching children progress from a limited means of communicating to using full sentences. I have students who I have worked with since they … Continue reading

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What I love About Being a Speech Therapist

by Amy Dorfman, M.S., C.C.C. I love working with families and teaching strategies to parents so they can feel more confident in helping their child with a speech-language delay become a better communicator.

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Playing Speech

by Shannon Sullivan, M.A., C.C.C. I feel very fortunate to work as a speech pathologist in such an important and rewarding field. The children and families I work with amaze me every day and I am always proud of their … Continue reading

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My Speech Quilt
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When I reflect on my career as a speech therapist over the past 9 years, I think of not just one favorite moment but many favorite moments. I think of these moments like squares all weaved into one unique “speech … Continue reading

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Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month!
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“Communication Takes Care” is the theme for this year’s awareness month. As a speech and language pathologist, I can tell you that there is no truer statement than that, communication does take care. In life we often take for granted … Continue reading

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I Became a Speech Therapist to Specialize in Feeding and Swallowing
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Most speech therapists are drawn to our field by the idea of helping someone communicate.  I know that’s what I initially thought the role of a speech therapist was about when I entered school.  However, I was greatly impacted the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Our New Full Time Speech Therapist
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My name is Olivia Howley, and I am the new full time Speech Therapist at the Barrett Family Wellness Center. I have seven years of speech therapy experience. I completed graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Worcester State College. Throughout … Continue reading

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Games in Speech Therapy
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Just about any kind of game can be used as a tool to help treat speech delays or disorders.  The trick always lies in how you present, play and control each game you play. When I work with graduate students, … Continue reading

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Stuttering
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Many people have an idea of what stuttering is and sounds like. However, the silence, delays and pauses associated with someone who stutters can cause others to be uncomfortable and wondering how to respond. Although everyone is different, here are … Continue reading

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I Became a Speech Therapist
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I Became a Speech Therapist The gift of helping children communicate has become an amazing journey by Andrea Quinn, M.S., C.C.C. – Director of Speech and Language Department Sometimes the strangest memories stay with us a life time. In high … Continue reading

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Assistive Technology for Speech Therapy at Barrett
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At Barrett, we meet with many children who are working hard to express themselves. A lot of our friends use words, but many are non-verbal.   We have found assistive technology such as Boardmaker®and Proloquo2Go™ to be extremely effective tools to … Continue reading

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Sensory Focus Magazine Reviews Barrett’s First Children’s Sensory Book
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Sensory Focus Magazine has just done a full-page review on Barrett’s first children’s sensory book Applesauce Grows on Trees in their Spring 2015 issue. Check it out by CLICKING HERE!  

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Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions for 2014

Toys We Play with Every Day Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions If you ask a child why they go to Barrett Family Wellness Center, their response may very well be “to play!” Much of our pediatric occupational … Continue reading

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Language Development Research at Harvard Seeking Participation
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We were contacted by Harvard University Lab for Developmental Studies as they are seeking both typically developing and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD/AS) for a study of language development. If this is of interest to you, session details and … Continue reading

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Barrett’s Summer Schedule Preference Form – Current Clients Only
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It’s time again to start planning our summer schedule for current clients. If you are not interested in being scheduled for the summer please email admin@barrettfamilywellness.com. Current Clients – Please give us your Summer Schedule Preferences by Sunday, May 25th. … Continue reading

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Report Claims Occupational Therapy (OT) Using Sensory Integration (SI) Provides Better Outcomes
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OT using sensory integration provides better outcomes according to results published November 10th in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  Barrett Family Wellness Center has been incorporating SI into all of our services for more than a decade and … Continue reading

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Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions
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Toys We Play with Every Day Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions If you ask a child why they go to Barrett Family Wellness Center, their response may very well be “to play!” Much of our pediatric occupational … Continue reading

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Now Registering for Fall Social Groups at Barrett

We are now registering for fall social groups – running 40 minutes a visit, for 7 weeks, Saturdays, September 7th through October 19th. These multi-sensory skill building groups were created to help children develop age-appropriate social, play and language proficiencies … Continue reading

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Personalized Visual Schedule Boards Now Available to You at Barrett
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Every child learns how to schedule their time differently.  For some, a visual schedule board is a wonderful resource to keep everyone on track.  So many parents have asked us how to implement schedule boards for home use that we … Continue reading

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Barrett’s Feeding Therapy: A Cooperative Approach
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As parents, we have all had our mealtime battles with children. We introduce healthy foods. We coax, we season, we may even disguise foods that we haven’t had success with in an attempt to get them into growing bodies. For … Continue reading

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Barrett’s Summer Sensory Game Begins! First Suggestion: Water Playtime
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From June 25th to August 25th, each time you submit a video, picture, or post of your child’s sensory play to Barrett’s facebook page, your child’s name will be entered into that week’s prize raffle for an ice cream cone … Continue reading

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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month
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Did you know that May is Better Speech and Hearing Month? The following is a press release put out by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that I thought might be of interest to you. CELEBRATE BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH … Continue reading

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The 5th Annual World Autism Awareness Day:Monday, April 2
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At Barrett, we treat children with Autism disorders everyday through Occupational, Speech and Sensory Integration Therapies.  We have seen the benefits of early diagnosis and the joy in watching children blossom with treatment plans specific to their needs. I was … Continue reading

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Announcing FREE Spring Workshop Series
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We are excited to be able to offer you our Spring 2012 Workshop series for FREE this season. While our therapists include contact time with Parents after EACH session to discuss progress made and home programs to continue improvements between … Continue reading

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Open House at Barrett, Saturday, April 14th from 10AM-Noon
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Please join us at Barrett’s Annual Open House on Saturday, April 14th from 10 AM -noon!!! We will play in our 1,000 sf sensory gym, take a center-wide scavenger hunt, and have a raffle giveaway! No need to pre-register, just … Continue reading

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An Entertaining Alien May Facilitate Language: Pogg an iPad App
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Here at Barrett we service children from one year old through the teenage years with a variety of disorders from developmental and articulation delays to children on the autism spectrum. We are keeping up with trending technology and have found … Continue reading

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Free Trial Classes for Winter Preschool Playtime (December 14th & 15th)
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Winter Preschool Playtime (6 week sessions) Come play in our 1,000 sf sensory gym filled with toys and suspension equipment! Where: 107 Otis Street, Northborough Minimum of 4, Maximum of 6 Cost: $100/child for each six week session ($90/child if … Continue reading

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Barrett Begins Blogging!
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We are excited to offer you commentary from our staff on current topics and issues across all our service areas.  If there is something you are particularly interested in hearing about, please feel free to send your topic ideas to info@barrettfamilywellness.com.  Please … Continue reading

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