Citra Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Authors: Megan Reed & Megan Foster

Holiday Gift Giving Guide It’s December and the holidays are here! Check out a few speech and language enhancing gift ideas for your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild.


Books are always a great gift and a great tool to use when targeting speech sounds and vocabulary. Consider making a personalized book that has your child’s specific target sound within them, personalized books can be very motivating.

Below are a few examples:

You could also use books to help with language development. Here are some ideas!


Any Board game can be beneficial for turn taking. Finding games where there is only one person who wins (e.g. Ants in the Pants, Cooties, or Don’t Break the Ice) may help them learn how to be a graceful loser and winner. Other ideas are listed below:

  • Zingo - Good for building articulation skills, learning new site words.

  • Mr. Potato Head - Good for following directions, recognizing body parts, learning articles of clothing, colors.

  • Play farm - Good for expanding vocabulary, labeling, imitating animal sounds, understanding prepositions.

  • Play-Doh - Good for sensory processing, fine motor, syllable shaping, following commands, object identification.

  • LIFE – Good for building social skills and understanding life takes us in all different directions.

  • Story Cubes – Good for sequencing and creating stories.


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About Megan Reed, M.S. CF-SLP

Megan is a pediatric speech language pathologist. This is her first year at the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center providing group and individual speech therapy to toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children. She understands each life is unique, and believes speech language pathology is an honorable profession that helps individuals maintain or regain their right to communicate effectively. She feels privileged to assist others with this fundamental human need. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ohio University and received a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

About Megan Foster, M.S. CF-SLP

Megan is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital located in Lexington, Kentucky. This is her first year in the pediatric outpatient facility where she provides individual, skilled speech therapy services to children ages 2 to 15 years old, with a wide variety of communication disorders and various cultural backgrounds. She possesses knowledge required for assessment and treatment of communication disorders across all populations by applying the best available research evidence, using expert clinical judgements, and considering clients’ individual preferences and values. She believes that working in the field of speech-language pathology is both, fun and extremely rewarding. She received a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Science degree in Communication Disorders at Marshall University, located in Huntington, West Virginia.

A Time to Be Thankful Citra Giveaway

What would you do with over $20K in new speech therapy software for your organization?

Citra Time to be Thankful

How to Enter: You can participate in the A Time to be Thankful Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) by requesting and completing a Citra Product Demonstration. Email us at to schedule your demonstration and create the opportunity to win.

Official Rules

1. Award(s) and estimated value: Two (2) winners will be each be awarded one (1) year subscription of 40 Citra Licenses for internal use, plus 25 additional licenses for parents to collaborate in therapy, for a total value of $20,870.

2. Name of Sponsor: Citra a social enterprise of the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center and the Tony R. Wells Foundation.

3. The Award Funder is: The Tony R. Wells Foundation, a family foundation with offices in 445 Hutchinson Avenue, Suite 140, Columbus, OH 43235. Wells Foundation website The award is funded by a philanthropic grant.

4. Date of participation: The Giveaway begins on November 1, 2015 at 12 AM EST and ends on December 22, 2015. All completed entries must be received on or before 11:59 PM EST, December 22nd of 2015.

5. Eligibility: Participants must be licensed and practicing Speech and Language Pathologists with the designation of CCC-SLP, currently employed at a Speech and Hearing Center, early intervention program, behavior center, preschool, or grade school, legal residents of the contiguous United States, with a Social Security Number (SS#) or Tax Identification Number (TIN). Each participant confirms and certifies that s/he has obtained the permission from her/his employer to participate in the Giveaway.

6. Number of entries: Only one (1) entry per person, unless you actively engage in a 14-day product trial, where upon your name will be entered once (1) more, for a total of two (2) entries.

7. Method of Selecting Giveaway Winners: Provided sufficient eligible entries are received before the determined date, the Sponsor will randomly select two (2) winner.

8. Date Winner will be selected: Winners will be selected on or around December 1st and December 22nd, 2015.

9. Method of notifying Winner(s): Winners will be notified via e-mail and/or direct message on Facebook, Twitter and the Wordpress Blog.

10. Manner and date to collect Award: The Sponsor will send the Winners instructions via email for registration, set up and training.

11. All other rules:


All feedback whether written or verbal, pictures, videos or the like, if applicable, will become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned to the participant. Each participant agrees to permit Sponsor to use his/her name, address, city, state, photograph, for advertising or publicity purposes for no additional compensation. Sponsor may use information submitted to offer them information on other offers, products or services, subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy.


Sponsor may disqualify any person whom Sponsor, in its sole discretion, considers to have violated these Official Rules or any other aspect of the promotion. The participant(s) agree(s): (a) to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, and (b) to release and hold harmless Sponsor and their respective affiliates, stations, subsidiaries, and independent contractors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, from any and all liability with respect to acceptance, possession or use (or misuse) of the Awards or participation in the giveaway.

All applicable taxes (federal, state, and local) are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Getting Ready for School

Getting your child ready for school in the morning can feel like a race against the clock. For children with language delays, you may feel that you are constantly giving reminders of what needs to happen next. Maybe you find yourself breaking down the steps even further to complete specific activities. Perhaps your child is capable of following the morning routine on their own, but needs reminders to move at a faster pace. Try some of the tips below to reduce the stress and increase independence in the mornings!

Tips for a smoother morning routine:

  • Follow the same routine each day. This allows for consistency and predictability for you and your child.
  • Give one direction at a time. Multi-step directions may be challenging in the morning while under a time crunch for both the child and parent. Instead of saying “get your shoes and coat,” ask your child to “get your shoes.”
  • Leave extra time. This allows your child an opportunity to complete the task themselves leading to an increase in independence.
  • Use simple, but specific language. Reduce frustration by setting clear expectations. Instead of saying “get dressed,” try “Put your shirt on.”
  • Use visual supports. Visual supports can be used both for each step in the routine or steps within each activity to increase understanding.

Citra was awarded App of the Month by Columbus Speech and Hearing Center.

Getting ready for school blog picture Description

The Citra app can be used to create a visual and timed schedule for you and your child to follow. Practice using the scheduler with your child, slowly working toward the child recognizing the task associated with each picture. You can encourage your child to “beat the clock” by finishing the tasks before the time is up. If your child is having difficulty completing the steps within a task, make step-by-step visual directions, such as the steps to brushing teeth. Continue working with your child to teach them how to complete each step in the routine as the picture on the schedule comes up.

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By: Jessica Trick, M.A., CCC-SLP

Jessica Trick, M.A., CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist. She has been providing individual, group, and school based therapy to toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children at the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 2011. She enjoys working with a variety of clients including children with Autism, Down syndrome, and children with language and articulation delays.

She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The Ohio State University.

Summer Speech Fun

Kids are always on the go and summer is not any different! Here are some fun ideas to help keep your kids busy and work on speech/language skills during the summer!

  • Have a picnic – To work on describing: play “What’s in the Basket?” Place several picnic items (spoon, napkin, play food, etc.) in a covered basket. Take turns choosing an item but do not let the other person see it. Then describe the item and have the other person guess what it is. Then take the fun outside and have a real picnic with your little one!
  • Go Camping – To work on naming functions of objects: find objects around the house that you may take on a camping trip and place them in a backpack. Take turns pulling an object out of the backpack and describe how it would be used. For example, a flashlight – you use it to see in the dark. Then build a fort or pitch a tent in the backyard and go camping!
  • Sing a Song – Increase your child’s vocabulary with action words with the song “What Shall We Do?” sung to the tune of “Did You Ever See A Lassie?” Have your child think of different action words to sing with the song and then act them out.
  • Oh, do you know it’s summer, it’s summer, it’s summer?
    Oh, do you know it’s summer, so what shall we do?
    [Swim], this way and that way
    [Swim], this way and that way
    Yes, we know it’s summer, so that’s what we’ll do!

  • Make a summer time snack – Work on following directions while making an edible aquarium. Have your child help you gather the ingredients: graham crackers, cream cheese and add blue food coloring, goldfish and cheerios. Provide directions such as: “spread the cream cheese”, “add two goldfish”, “place a cheerio under the goldfish” or come up with your own creative aquarium. Then enjoy the treat together!

summer speech fun Susan Dabo, M.S.,CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech language pathologist. She has worked with clients of all ages ranging from toddlers to the elderly. Her passion is working with children though. She loves to make therapy fun and enjoyable so that the children are excited about coming to speech therapy. She has been working for Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 2009. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Hearing and Speech Sciences at West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV and received her Master’s of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.