In the News = 2006-2009 Archives





Creators of Children's Book Pledge Sales to the SPEECH PATHways Foundation

The creators of a children's book about Autism have generously pledged to donate $2.00 of every book sale to the SPEECH PATHways Foundation. The Friendship Puzzle: Helping Kids Learn About Accepting and Including Kids with Autism is an innovative new resource that, in a lighthearted and fun way, opens dialogue among children, teachers, and parents about how to react to and include children who may seem different.
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StressBusters Camps Help Kids Take Charge!

Stress Busters Camp helps children and adolescents with special challenges learn how to relax through a combination of breathing, massage, calming, and stretching techniques to reduce anxiety and tension. Kids help themselves feel better while increasing self-regulation and self-awareness through fun activities.
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Friendship Team Adventures Opens Important Social Doors

Spring registration is underway for the popular KIDZ PATHways Friendship Team Adventures — offering special needs kids practical experience interacting with peers in a small group setting. The group is led by a speech therapist and a therapist from OT Kidz, LLC.
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SPEECH PATHways Foundation makes plans for Major Spring 2008 FUNdraiser

The Directors of the SPEECH PATHways Foundation, a nonprofit fund created by SPEECH PATHways to deliver therapy to those in need, are busily preparing for their major 2008 fundraiser. Planned for May 3, 2008 at Spring Meadow Farm, "Family Fun Day" will featured the sounds of Monte Leister, adaptive games for ALL abilities, speakers, and a wildlife presenter, among other treats.
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SPEECH PATHways & Monte Team Up to Produce Rockin' Music CD

Under its new MUSIC PATHways initiative, SPEECH PATHways is collaborating with popular area children's musician Monte Leister on a fun and engaging CD of kids songs that helps augment therapeutic goals. On track for Spring 2008 release, the CD is quickly taking shape and generating excitement for families and kids alike.
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MUSIC PATHways Composes New Avenues of Communication

SPEECH PATHways is proud to announce the development of MUSIC PATHways services, bringing the power of music therapy to enhance communications and expression. Music therapy is said to improve quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be creatively designed to meet specific, individual needs.
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KIDZ PATHways Collaboration Combines Speech & OT Interventions

SPEECH PATHways is expanding its collaboration with occupational therapy practitioner OT Kidz, LLC to offer programs that blend occupational and speech therapy through engaging, hands-on experiences.

SPEECH PATHways Foundation Takes Up Panera "Dough for Funds" Program

SPEECH PATHways Foundation is participating in the Panera Dough for Funds program to raise funds for Foundation grants to children in need. Simply contact SPEECH PATHways to purchase one of the following coupon strips for $10 and receive coupons giving you up to 30% of the regular price of bagels and select baked goods at Panera.

  • Six coupon Bagel Strip, featuring 3 bagels per coupon
  • Six-coupon strip, featuring a variety of baked goods

Strips are $10 and offer a 30% discount off regular prices!
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Contact SPEECH PATHways to purchase coupons:

Phone: 410.374.0555

Kim Bell Begins Term on the Executive Board of the Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association

Effective January 1, 2007, Kim begins her 3-year elected term as the President of the Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA).  Established in 1964, The Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) is a nonprofit professional organization whose mission is threefold:  To support the professional growth and development of audiologists and speech-language pathologists through education, communication, and recognition of excellence.  To advocate for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology and the clients they serve through active participation in the legislative and regulatory process.  To educate the public regarding communication and swallowing disorders and to promote the services provided by audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Kim will serve on the Executive Board as President-Elect in 2007, President in 2008 and Past-President in 2009. Kim has been serving MSHA for the past nine years in various capacities, including, Chair of the Public Relations Committee, Co-Chair of the Annual Convention Committee, Chair of the Early Intervention and Adult Tracks of the annual convention and development of the Private Practice Track for the Annual Convention. 
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SPEECH PATHways kicks off 2007 by Establishing the SPEECH PATHways Foundation

Kim was able to end 2006 with the pride in reaching a long-term goal of establishing the non-profit SPEECH PATHways Foundation.  The SPEECH PATHways Foundation will provide scholarships/grants for children who would benefit from private speech and language therapy but do not have access to services because of health insurance limitations or financial situations. SPEECH PATHways will kick off 2007 with numerous fundraising campaigns so that we can soon begin to offer scholarships/grants. 
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SPEECH PATHways One of Few Clinics Offering Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention

In October, 2006, Kimberly Bell, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Cherise Kelly, M.A., CCC-SLP, attended an intensive, 3-day training in Philadelphia to bring the Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention to SPEECH PATHways. Our clinic is now one of the few providers of this program in Maryland and across the United States. The Lidcombe Program was developed by Professor Mark Onslow and his colleagues at the University of Sydney, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, as a behavioral intervention for stuttering in preschool and has been used successfully in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Through the program, parents learn to administer appropriate verbal contingencies for fluency and stuttering to their children in their everyday speaking environment. Studies have shown that stuttering can be maintained at near zero following treatment. The Lidcombe Program is for preschool and school -age children.
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Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist Joins SPEECH PATHways: Services for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Expanded

Thanks to amazing advances in medical technology, almost all children with hearing impairments can learn to listen using powerful hearing aids or a cochlear implant. Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) teaches these children how to maximize their listening skills. AVT aims to integrate children into their regular community and local school with appropriate speech and language skills. The approach considers parent/caregivers to be essential team members that invaluably contribute to their child's development. Parent/caregivers are the primary models for listening and spoken language development. The AVT therapist's role is to teach them how to fulfill this role to the ir child's benefit, by providing a positive learning environment in which their child learns through listening.

An Auditory-Verbal Therapist is first qualified as an audiologist, speech therapist and/or teacher of the deaf. The professional then completes specialized training in AVT and adheres to the principles of Auditory-Verbal practice. Auditory-Verbal Therapists seize the auditory component of any life experience and promote and develop the use of sound for speaking and understanding spoken language. They also embrace the knowledge that children are motivated to learn language most effectively when playing and interacting with family who love them. SPEECH PATHways is proud to welcome Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist, Rena Levi, M.A., CCC-SLP/Cert. AVT. Currently, there are only approximately 300 Certified AVT therapists in the world, and we have one of them.
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OT Kidz, LLC, offers Occupational and Sensory Integration Therapy

SPEECH PATHways is proud to announce that OT Kidz, LLC will now be offering pediatric OT services at the SPEECH PATHways location.
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Aquatic Speech-Language Therapy is Back!

Pool-based speech and language services are back by popular demand! SPEECH PATHways has formed a new partnership with Four Seasons Sports Complex in Hampstead. Four Seasons has agreed to rent us a portion on the brand new, heated, lap pool to use for therapy. The pool will be indoors September thru May and outdoors during the summer months. Get flyer...

"ART SPEAKS" Adds Fall Session Due to Popular Demand

ART SPEAKS continues to be a popular program, allowing children with disabilities to express themselves through ART SPEAKS Summer 2007 various art mediums. Children participate with the support of a speech-language pathologist and typically developing peers who boost receptive and expressive language skills and pragmatic language/social skills. More importantly, kids enjoy themselves!

SPEECH PATHways continues its collaboration with local artist/teacher Carla Gray of Tomorrow's Treasures/Studio on the Hill, adding a Fall session due to popular demand. The Fall session will be held on Thursday evenings at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westminster, on alternate weeks. Kids can take advantage of ART SPEAKS along with the popular ACT UP! drama program—drama one week and art the next, offering endless creative outlets for kids to reach out and explore their boundaries.
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"ART SPEAKS" Summer of 2006 was a Success!

SPEECH PATHways is proud to announce that our newest program, ART SPEAKS, was a huge success this summer. SPEECH PATHways formed a new partnership with a local artist/art teacher, Carla Gray, of Tomorrow's Treasures. The ART SPEAKS program allows children with disabilities a wonderful opportunity to express themselves through art and various art mediums. Children participate with the support of a speech-language pathologist and typically developing peers who will be boosting receptive and expressive language skills and pragmatic language/social skills.
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What parents are saying about ART SPEAKS:

"The ART SPEAKS class was a very positive experience for our 5 yr old daughter who suffers from severe Epilepsy and language delays. The environment was warm and friendly. Lili had an opportunity to experience a variety of art mediums. (We soon found out that finger painting was truly her favorite!) Adaptations were always made for Lili in order for her to create her works of art! The social interaction between children with and without disabilities is a really positive aspect of this class. Having the opportunity for Lili to have a peer working along side her and helping her to create her art work was a wonderful component. Our favorite part of this class was having children with and without disabilities working along side of each other and encouraging each other. We need more classes like this one!"
                                        — Natalie, mom of Lili (5)


SPEECH PATHways Foundation Awards Its First Grants to Area Families
In May 2010, SPEECH PATHways Foundation awarded its first two grants to help families pay for speech therapy services..
Kimberly Bell Becomes First Area Provider Certified in The Listening Program

SPEECH PATHways Owner / Therapist brings another innovative treatment program to Carroll County Clinic.

Therapists Complete Training in New Methods
Many SPEECH PATHways team members have recently gained new certifications in cutting-edge treatment methods.

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