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  • Having Our Say | Speech & Language Therapy

    SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY PROVIDING SERVICES TO CLIENTS IN THE NORTHERN NJ AREA 347.559.1517 | info@havingoursay.org WELCOME TO HAVING OUR SAY Having Our Say was built out of the understanding that life is busy and quality therapy can be hard to come by. Communication is the essence of life, and with this in mind I provide home-based speech and language therapy services to families, which is not only convenient, but also allows children to practice and learn skills in their natural environment. I have a deep understanding and appreciation for the role families play in their children’s progress. My goal is to provide quality resources that equip parents and caregivers with tools to ensure ongoing success. ​ In addition to therapy services, I offer workshops to professionals, caregivers, and families on a variety of topics related to speech and language development and literacy. Liam's First Cut is my debut children's book! It tells the story of Liam, an autistic Black boy who is preparing for his first visit to the barbershop! This book was written to give visibility to groups that are often missing in children's books and to help ease the anxiety related to approaching new situations. Get an autographed copy for your child today! PURCHASE HERE PURCHASE HERE JOIN OUR MAILING LIST S U B S C R I B E WE SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH A VARIETY OF NEEDS Expressive & receptive language delays / disorders Articulation & phonological delays / disorders Childhood apraxia of speech Autism Social communication delays LEARN MORE CHECK OUT MY INCLUSIVE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR LIBRARY. SEE THE LIST Visit the Having Our Say BLOG Back to School Tips 1 0 Post not marked as liked A new month and a new season 3 0 1 like. Post not marked as liked 1 What do parents look for in a speech pathologist? 5 0 Post not marked as liked

  • About | Having Our Say | Speech & Language Therapy

    Meet Shontaye CONTACT SHONTAYE Shontaye Glover, M.S., CCC-SLP Hey! I'm Shontaye! ​ Years ago I realized there was a gap between what we the experts know and what parents know. A post on my social media page about the benefits of play uncovered that many parents and caregivers didn't realize how they could help enhance their children's language development. "Having Our Say" was birthed from that post. I set myself on a mission to close that gap one blog post at a time. Since then, Having Our Say has evolved into much more, but never forgetting my commitment to educating families. ​ In addition to providing intensive and effective intervention, I am also extremely passionate and intentional about using books and materials that are inclusive and represent every child. I am dedicated to presenting children with images and stories that are as diverse as the world in which we live. Every child deserves to feel represented and seen. This commitment to increasing diversity in children's literature led to the completion of my first literary work - Liam’s First Cut . For more information about the book, please visit: www.tayejones.com Learning should be fun and play is a child's work! I am passionate about developing strong foundations at an early age to help children develop lifelong skills. My clients always know that I care and have their best interest at heart. I strive to bring a nurturing and caring disposition to every child I encounter. I am a proud alumnus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and received my masters of science degree in communication disorders from William Paterson University in my home state of New Jersey. When I'm not working, I love being with my family, listening to music, writing, running, and relaxing on the beach. ​ Out of gallery Follow me on Instagram

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  • Know the Signs

    April is international autism awareness month. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 in 68 children worldwide. I am dedicating my posts this month to increasing acceptance, awareness, and most importantly increasing knowledge. When tracking a child's development, pediatricians rely on YOU to report delays in development or atypical behavior to assist in making the proper recommendations and referrals. A diagnosis (or lack thereof) comes from the doctor's observations as well as what you report your child can and cannot do. But if you don’t know what to look for, how do you know when to report a concern? The major signs of ASD are difficulty with language and social communication. Restricted behaviors, repetitive behaviors and impairments in behavioral and emotional regulation may also be present. For example, children with typical play skills will play with a variety of toys and engage in cooperative play with others. They will feed their baby doll, roll a truck and make it crash, play dress up in costumes and build with legos. A child with rigid or restricted play skills may sit alone and unoccupied while others play. He may have an interest in only trains and roll all objects as if it were a car/ train. Read more about play skills here Below is a short list of signs to look for; however, every individual with ASD is different and may not present with all of these signs. The lack of a “normal behavior” DOES NOT denote a diagnosis, but it is a reason to talk to your pediatrician. 1. Lack of smiling or difficulty orienting to people in a social environment Babies begin to smile as early 6 weeks and should smile and laugh in response to others. Lack of this social response by 9 months is a red flag. 2. Delayed language acquisition Your baby should babble and coo (babababa/ badaga) between 6-9 months. He should have his first true word by 12-15 months 3. Delays in play skills or abnormal play 4. Does not seek attention Does your child gesture to be picked up or vocalize to get your attention? Does he initiate cuddling from you? 5. Repetitive behaviors or unusual body movements Does your child sit in unusual positions or make unusual movements with her arms, hands, wrists or legs? 6. Limited eye contact Does your baby visually track objects and people? Does your child maintain eye contact with you and others? People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can have a range of abilities and impairments. This is why it is called a spectrum. Some individuals have above average cognitive and language abilities and others have significant cognitive deficits and may not speak at all (nonverbal.) I cannot emphasize enough how imperative it is that you monitor your child’s development and share your concerns. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions about your child’s development. Trust me I reported lots of things to my daughters’ pediatrician and he was happy to address all of my concerns. If you have concerns regarding language or overall communication, an ASHA-certified SLP can identify a language delay or disorder. For more information or if you have questions, send a message and we will help you get the answers you need. #autism #socialcommunication #playskills

  • Bullying and Children with Special Needs

    This year Anti-violence week was recognized in schools from October 19-23, 2015. Every year the third Monday in October is designated in schools to highlight the critical issue of bullying. However, bullying isn’t new and it does not discriminate. Bullying has been an issue for generations of young people regardless of race, gender, physicality, intellect, religion, or sexual orientation. Many children and their families have been negatively impacted by the harrowing effects of bullying. Although it was once viewed as “part of growing up,” bullying is not a right of passage. It is a pervasive problem plaguing schools and communities throughout the United States. As Anti violence week comes to an end, I found it very timely to find an article published this week in The Philly Voice about Darren Sproles- a veteran player in the NFL and dynamic running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. At 5 feet 6 inches tall Sproles is revered for his speed and work ethic on the football field, but he was once the target of cruel jokes because of his height and his speech. Darren Sproles has a fluency disorder commonly referred to as stuttering. Stuttering is a communication disorder in which sounds, syllables, or words are repeated or prolonged causing a disruption in the normal flow of speech. It can also be accompanied by secondary behaviors such as eye blinks, tremors, or movements of the head, arms, or legs. In a detailed interview, both Darren and his father recounted memories from a time when the NFL star was terrorized by other students due to his stuttering disorder. He was ignored and misunderstood by teachers who could not see beyond his impairment. As a result, Sproles stated in the article that he “learned to stay quiet and not say much at all.” Fortunately for Sproles he was able to get love and support from his family while growing up. He also learned techniques to help improve the fluency of his speech and he learned that he was not defined by the taunts of others. Darren Sproles did not let stuttering or the ridicule of others stop him. He has become an advocate for young people and participates in projects to address bullying. He also joined the Stuttering Foundation in an effort to encourage and inspire others who stutter. To read more about Darren Sproles’ story, click here. Bullying has negative effects on all its victims, but kids with special needs are especially vulnerable, according to Nancy A. Murphy, M.D., FAAP and chair of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities Executive Committee. “Since these children already struggle with self-esteem issues,” said Dr. Murphy. “Bullying has a greater impact and they desire to fit in, and are less likely to stand up for themselves.” According to researchers, children with special needs often have a lower social standing among the other students in the classroom which may lead to them so frequently becoming the targets of bullying. (Pepler & Craig, 2000; Dubin, 2007) abilitypath.org Darren Sproles’ story is inspiring, but unfortunately it is not unique. Children with disabilities and special needs are often at an increased risk for being bullied. Many children with speech and language disorders isolate themselves and choose not to participate or even speak in an attempt to avoid bullying. As parents, we want to protect our children from harm and equip them with tools to be successful in life. For more information on speech and language disorders, contact Having Our Say. For tips on how to help your child with bullying, please check the links below. kidshealth.org empoweringparents.com stompoutbullying.org

  • Back to School Tips

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the reality is summer 2021 is winding down and kids (and staff) will return to school very soon. *Some of you may have already returned depending on where you live. As I sit here typing, I am looking at my daughter's school uniform order that just arrived and later we will buy the rest of their supplies. At some point, I will prepare for my own return to school, but I am delaying that for as long as possible lol. As we prepare to return to in-person school and our "new normal," I wanted to share a few tips for parents. This school year will come with unique challenges, but we still want to ensure that we are setting our children and students up for a successful year. One of the best ways to do that is to advocate for your child and be an active (and vocal) part of the team. Often times, parents do not realize that they are part of the school team, especially when their child receives special services like speech and language therapy. I want you to know that the TEAM includes YOU, as well as case managers, therapists, and specialists. We are all experts in our respective fields, but parents are the experts on their children. We, the school staff and therapists, need your input as we decide the best plan for your child. When you advocate for your child and remain involved in the team process, you can make sure your child is receiving the services they need and strengthen the relationship between home and school. Here are a few tips for what you can do as a parent: Ask for an assessment or reassessment. If you have concerns and your child is not currently receiving speech and language (or OT/PT) services, you can request an evaluation. You can also request a re-evaluation if your child has not received one in a few years and you want to see how they are progressing. Learn who your child's therapists are. Every September, I send home a letter to the families of the children on my caseload. I introduce myself as their child's speech language pathologist for the year and share my contact information. If you don't receive communication from your child's therapist, make a point to reach out to your child's teachers and therapists. Let them know early on that you want to stay connected and involved. And if your child receives private services, be sure to connect your school providers with your private practitioners. This may require signing a release, but your child benefits when all providers are able to collaborate. Ask questions. As a parent, you have the right to know what is going on at all times. There is no such thing as a silly question. If anything is unclear, ask for clarification, especially before signing documents. Create a program for home. Children who practice skills at home make progress faster and are able to carry over learned information to multiple settings. Ask your teachers and therapists what you can work on/ do at home to help reinforce skills taught in school. You are your child's best advocate and you when you speak up for them, you teach them how to one day become their own advocate. I know it is not always easy to speak up, but the squeaky wheel gets the grease. It may sound corny, but it is true! I hope these tips help you get off to a successful school year! All the best,

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