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NSCT Helps Two Brothers Reach Key Milestones
For many parents, their children’s graduation from milestone to milestone comes like clockwork. First words are celebrated, walking quickly turns to running, and social connections are easily formed. But for others, childhood development is fraught with frequent worry, anticipation and questions. Their child may struggle to run and climb at the playground, or may become very frustrated trying to communicate even simple sentences.
Mom of two Amber, formerly of Marblehead but recently relocated to Denver, found herself at a major crossroads when her son Sam wasn’t communicating like his peers at age 18 months. He was becoming more and more frustrated by the minute. He was making sounds but unable to communicate in a way that even his parents could understand, in turn shutting down to family and peers.
While her pediatrician, family and friends tried to ease her concerns, Amber knew, as Sam approached 2 years old, that she needed to turn to the experts for help. After an exhaustive search, she became connected with North Shore Children’s Therapies (NSCT) in Peabody, an interdisciplinary clinic that specializes in pediatric speech and occupational therapy as well as social development and feeding skill
Nora and Paige’s Success Story
North Shore mom finds individualized approach, pediatric focus make all the difference when choosing a speech therapist.
When North Shore mom Paige noticed that her toddler, Nora, was struggling to pronounce certain sounds, she immediately consulted her child’s pediatrician. So began a journey that would eventually lead the family to North Shore Children’s Therapies, a multidisciplinary clinic in Peabody offering speech, occupational and feeding therapies in addition to social skills groups.
Initially referred to a general clinic which treated patients of all ages, including adults, Paige noticed her daughter becoming more and more frustrated during her 45-minute speech therapy sessions, which went on for about a month. Upon hearing of Paige’s situation, a mother from Nora’s play group highly recommended North Shore Children’s Therapies. Her own child had thrived after being seen at the practice.
We Have a New Name and New Service Offerings
North Shore Speech Therapy recently changed its name to North Shore Children’s Therapies to reflect the clinic’s addition of pediatric occupational therapy, feeding therapy and social skills groups, all of which complement the organization’s existing speech therapy services.
According to owner Jeannette Kahn, 2015 has been a landmark year for the business, between strong growth in patient caseload, a new office space, and now a new clinic name and the introduction of additional services.
“My staff and I are thrilled to announce our name change and to let the community and our professional partners know that we now offer occupational therapy, social skills groups and feeding therapy,” said Kahn. “We look forward to further meeting the needs of children and families on the North Shore and beyond.”
C’mon, Let’s Play!
When I hear my 3-year-old daughter say, “ssssss-nowman starts with s,” the mom side of me is ecstatic. I’m thinking, I must be raising a genius! This kid could be reading in six months!
But then the child expert side of me interrupts: Are you nuts? First of all, why does a 3-year-old need to read and, secondly, neuroscience does not support reading until the age of 8.
As a society, we get so hung up on academic skills. In fact, though, social skills, rather than academic capabilities, are a far better indicator of future success.
Ultimately, as a mom and an educator, I am most proud that I have a 3-year-old who can play. She can play with me; she can play by herself; and she can play with her peers. She develops elaborate play schemes with dragons and princesses, even in spite of the fact that I have modeled our play after phenomenal women in history! Play scenarios set aside, her activities support language development far beyond her years. Through play, she has experimented with vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure. She builds relationships in her play in which characters constructively work together to achieve a common goal.
Kirsten E. Bell joins staff of North Shore Speech Therapy
North Shore Speech Therapy in Peabody has hired Kirsten E. Bell to the role of clinic director/speech-language pathologist. In her new position, Bell will oversee various operational and administrative aspects of North Shore Speech Therapy, in addition to providing pediatric speech therapy services to patients served by the clinic.
With more than four years of progressively responsible experience, Bell was most recently lead speech and language pathologist at Kids OT to Play in Danvers.
“My team and I are delighted to welcome Kirsten Bell on board,” said Jeannette Kahn, owner of North Shore Speech Therapy. “Her dedication to providing high-quality pediatric speech therapy services, her collaborative and compassionate nature, and her supervisory experience will all be tremendous assets to our clinic.”
Bell earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders from the University of New Hampshire. She resides in Newburyport.
This article appeared in the Newburyport Daily News in March 2015.