Child Development Tips from Thirty Million Words Initiative

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We at Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic are big fans of the Thirty Million Words® Initiative. It is “an innovative parent-directed program designed to harness the power of parent language to build a child’s brain and impact his or her future”.

What is Thirty Million Words®?

The program is based on a world-famous 1995 study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley, who found that some children heard much less words by 4th grade than others. This negatively impacted their vocabularies, reading skills and overall preparedness for school. Children who were exposed to more communication in their younger age, however, were found to be more successful. The bottom line is that children who started out ahead, stayed ahead even throughout their high school years. TMW call this disparity an achievement gap. The initiative’s main goal is to promote better communication between parents and kids, and help close this gap.

Since we discovered Thirty Million Words, we’ve been dying to share some of their tips with you. There are no age restrictions, complicated strategies or doctor sessions involved, which is why the initiative’s 3 T’s are simple and doable steps to help your child grow.

3Ts Thirty Million Words

1. Tune In

… by paying attention to what your child is communicating to you.

2. Talk More

… with your child using descriptive words to build his vocabulary.

3. Take Turns

… by encouraging your child to respond to your words and actions.

Big thanks to the TMW for providing this great printable version of the 3T’s and the information above. Feel free to ask us or our therapists any questions regarding this initiative.

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School Checklist: Why Check Your Child’s Hearing?

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New teachers, new classrooms, new curriculum – it can be overwhelming for anyone. That’s why our audiologists at Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic recommend getting your child’s hearing checked to ensure the easiest adjustment in the new school year. (more…)

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Story Camp Begins Next Week!

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It is with oodles of excitement that ESHC introduces its first ever summer Story Camp (Aug. 1-5). Next week, the kiddos will be introduced to an African folk tale filled with fun and funny themes. With the help of the speech team, they will be guided through fun and engaging activities that tie back to the folk tale to promote sequencing skills, oral narrative skills, story grammar skills, and just-being-a-kid skills (there will be water balloons!). Camp was always the highlight of my summer when I [Mandee Parker, SLP] was younger, and I’m inspired to be able to provide that for these incredible kids!

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Speech Summer Newsletter

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Story Camp

Schoolchildren embracing happy. Multi cultural racial classroom.

We are excited to announce STORY CAMP!

This camp is for any rising 3rd to 5th grader and will be held from 9am to noon, August 1 to August 5. This is a great opportunity for your child to prepare for the upcoming school year and improve their story telling and language arts skills. To learn more or to sign up, call us at 425.882.4347. We look forward to hearing from you!


Summer Play & Learn

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We are excited to start our preschool play & learn curriculum!

Our Play & Learn Curriculum is for 3 to 5 year olds who could benefit from training focused on enhancing play skills and language development. Theme-based activities will provide fun, interactive formats for learning new vocabulary. There will be six, 30 minute Play & Learns held in our Redmond Office. The group will meet from July 14th to August 18th. They will all be facilitated by one of our licensed Speech-Language Pathologists. Please let us know if you have any questions!

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Summer Fun Days!

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One of the brightest weeks of the summer is our annual Summer Fun Speech Sessions. For one week in each of our speech offices we plan a series of games, costumes, and more to bring the FUN of themed camp indoors to our therapy sessions. Summer Fun Days will be held in Redmond from July 18th to July 22nd and in Kirkland from July 25th to July 29th. On Saturday and Monday, support your favorite country for Olympics Day. On Tuesday, we’re soaring into Superhero Day. Don’t forget to wear your brightest colors for Finding Dory Day on Wednesday. On Thursday, get wild and find your animal prints for Zoo Day! Oh the places you’ll go and the things you’ll see on Dr. Seuss Day on Friday. We are SO excited to see your most spirited costumes!

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The Importance of Hearing Aid Maintenance

Hi everyone! My name is Allie Williams, and I am the summer Business and Marketing intern at Evergreen. I’ll be writing a few blog posts this summer about day-to-day life here at Evergreen as well as about many of the great events and projects we have going on here. I look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully having the chance to meet some of you in the Redmond Office! 

On my second day here at Evergreen Speech and Hearing, I was able to shadow one of our Audiologists, Dr. Cheryl Lokanis. I was immediately struck by Dr. Lokanis’ familiarity and closeness with all of her patients. She manages to listen to her patients’ feedback on their hearing aids, clean their devices, check their hearing and ears, and touch base with each patient about their lives. After a busy day of seeing patients, I was able to ask Dr. Lokanis my long list of questions.

In a world of new technologies being released every minute, I was curious as to why hearing aids require as much maintenance as they do. Because of the nature of our ears and bodies, wax buildup is the number one cause for hearing aid failure. Some people tend to be waxier than others, which causes even more of a need to have your hearing aids cleaned every six months.

Another fact of life is the increase of hearing loss over time. Every year, our Audiologists readjust the settings of your hearing aids to make sure that your hearing aids are working for you as best as they possibly can. If you notice a change in your hearing, you should plan a visit to see us to make sure that everything is working properly. It is better to see us sooner rather than later!

At the three-year mark, it is time to start thinking about new technology. Just as you upgrade your iPhone every 2 years, you should be staying up to date on the latest hearing aids. At our recent Oticon Opn event, I was able to experience a before and after virtual reality using the newest Opn hearing aids from Oticon. With older hearing aids, sound has been purely directional; meaning that you can only heard sound from the direction your head was tilted towards. With Oticon’s Opn Hearing Aids, it is possible to hear sound from 360o, as you would before hearing loss. It was incredible to experience the difference!

If you are behind on your Audiology appointments, I encourage you to call us to schedule your next cleaning appointment or to schedule an appointment to discuss new technology! We would love to hear from you.

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Don’t forget your earplugs!

Dr. Seth Schwartz, an otolaryngologist and director of the Listen for Life Center at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle said greater hearing loss in younger people could be because of exposure to loud noises for extended periods” CNN.Com

Something so small can help protect lifelong damage.

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Social Sessions

Our super stars of the adolescent social sessions had their last session of training on Wednesday night. The teens and pre-teens learned about expected vs. unexpected social behaviors, ways we help people have good thoughts about us, how to keep conversations going by asking questions and adding comments, and how to include people in group conversations. We look forward to more ESHC social groups to come!!!FullSizeRender

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