Settle Your Glitter

Settle Your Glitter 

by Momentous Institute

happy childredn outdoorShake the glitter ball! This is like your brain when you are feeling any big emotion (excited, scared, angry, happy, sad). Wow! Look at all that glitter. It is hard to see clearly. When our brains are like this, it is harder to make good decisions and to learn.

So, we need to “Let the glitter fall” to settle. Let’s hold it really still. Let’s take some breaths together. Breathe in. Breathe out. Wow, look at the glitter settle at the bottom. Now can you see to the other side? Do you think our brains are ready and able to learn now? Take a look and see that the glitter is still there. Our big emotions don’t just go away. We still carry them with us. But now we know how to settle our glitter and get our brains thinking clearly. Now we are ready to do our best thinking!

We got this idea from Susan Kaiser Greenland in her book, The Mindful Child.

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August 25, 2015


Playing kidsDallas Reading and Language Services wishes parents and children good luck on their return to school this week!

We know getting everything together and working with new schedules can be very stressful for parents and kids alike.

The return of children to school for the Fall 2015 school year has created many immediately available appointment slots here at our clinic for free screenings for kids who are not in school – such as preschoolers, toddlers, and home-schooled children – between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during the week (Monday through Friday).

We encourage anyone who has concerns about their preschool-aged, toddler, or home-schooled child’s speech and language development to contact us for an appointment.

Expanded Medicaid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2015

Editorial Contacts:
Stephen Betzen, Office Manager, (214) 646-1570, sbetzen@dallasreading.com
Cliff Pearson, Communications Coordinator, (214) 646-1570, cpearson@dallasreading.com

Speech Therapy Clinic Expands Medicaid Coverage
to Better Serve Low-Income Families in Dallas

 

(DALLAS, August 18, 2015) – Dallas Reading and Language Services is pleased to announce they are now accepting clients enrolled in Texas Bluebonnet Health Plans, and the Children’s Medical Center Health Plans for CHIP, STAR, STAR+PLUS, STAR Health, and Star Kids products.

The speech therapy clinic proudly adds these plans to all other Medicaid insurance carriers which they accept including Molina Healthcare, Parkland Medicaid/CHIP, Amerigroup, and TMHP.

“This addition follows our clinic’s continuing efforts to provide high-quality services to those in need in the Dallas community,” says Rachel Betzen, M.A., CCC/SLP, the clinic’s founding speech-language therapist. “We are very happy that we can now offer even more access to healthcare for the people in Dallas.”

Dallas Reading and Language Services has been a leading provider of speech-language therapy and reading programs in North Texas since their founding by Rachel Betzen in 2005. They are unique among North Texas speech therapy and language service providers for their focus on working with lower socio-economic families, as well as middle class and higher income families.

Today, Dallas Reading and Language Services offers services on a sliding scale basis for private pay families, as well as some insurance, in addition to the Medicaid plans they accept.

Dallas Reading and Language Services also provides free screenings for hearing, speech and language. Parents may e-mail or call to schedule a screening appointment.

Dallas Reading and Language Services is also available to provide hearing or speech-language screenings in the community.

Health clinics, private schools, and community centers are encouraged to contact the clinic at 214.646.1570 for further information on these services.

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Dallas Reading and Language Services is a provider of speech-language therapy and reading services to the Dallas community, employing licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and SLP Assistants.

 

Welcome Marissa Weiford to Our Team!

August 14, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

MarissaYou’ll be happy to know that your speech-language pathology clinic is continuing to grow! We are pleased to announce that to better serve your child, Marissa Weiford, M.A., CCC/SLP, will be joining our team of skilled therapists as a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist.

Marissa comes to us from Philadelphia where she worked for many years as a speech-language pathologist in private practice, hospital, and school settings. Currently she works full-time time with the Plano ISD school system.

She loves to work with children and is passionate about helping children dealing with communication impairments and developmental and learning delays. She is a strong believer, like we are, in early intervention and the use of literacy and language concepts in therapy as early as possible.

Marissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Sociology, in May 2006 from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. She received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in June 2010 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Marissa has helped and treated many children with communication impairments such as dysfluency, articulation disorders, cognitive disorders, and swallowing disorders. Most recently she has worked with children on the autism spectrum, and children dealing with Down’s syndrome, apraxia, DiGeorge syndrome, and other cognitive impairments.

We are looking forward to having Marissa on our team, and we are confident she will be a great addition to our staff!

Thank you for supporting our special speech therapy practice, and for helping us to change lives for children and families.

Kind Regards,

Rachel Betzen, M.A., CCC/SLP
Dallas Reading and Language Services

New Speech Therapy Solution Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2015

Editorial Contacts:
Stephen Betzen, Office Manager, (214) 646-1570, sbetzen@dallasreading.com
Cliff Pearson, Communications Coordinator, (214) 646-1570, cpearson@dallasreading.com

New Speech Therapy Solution Now Available in North Texas
Innovative system can cut months or years off therapy time


Smart-Palate(DALLAS, August 13, 2015)
– The American Speech and Hearing Association reports that roughly 6-8 million Americans have a language impairment – many of them children. Thanks to a technology now available in North Texas, that number may be shrinking. Dallas Reading and Language Services, a pediatric speech-language pathology clinic in Dallas, has started using a new device called SmartPalate™ with their clients. They are the only speech therapy clinic in North Texas using the device.

The SmartPalate™ is a custom mouthpiece and computer software system that displays where a student’s tongue is touching the roof of his or her mouth during speech. Speech-language pathologists, including the staff at Dallas Reading and Language Services, then create custom “tongue targets” for the sound(s) the student is working to develop such as /r/, /l/ or /s/. The visual target allows the student to repeatedly practice the sound simply by matching his or her their tongue with the respective target.

“SmartPalate™ empowers clients to self-correct speech errors with tongue movements they can feel and see,” says Rachel Betzen, M.A., CCC/SLP, founder of Dallas Reading and Language Services. “Those new to speech therapy can correct speech errors more quickly. Clients who have struggled with persistent speech errors are now finally able to experience success and achieve their speech goals.”

SmartPalate™ technology, known as electropalatography, was developed by Dr. Samuel Fletcher, an industry-recognized audiologist and speech-language pathologist in the mid-1950s. For decades, the use of the technology was limited to research facilities, primarily with speech students who were deaf or hearing impaired. In 2010, CompleteSpeech developed a system for commercial use and speech-language pathologists have continually expanded the use of the technology to students with multiple speech disorders and backgrounds.

In multiple cases, children and teens who have struggled in speech therapy for years without significant progress have made immediate sizable improvements in their speech and consequently their self-esteem and confidence – usually within a matter of months.

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Dallas Reading and Language Services is a provider of speech-language therapy and reading services to the Dallas community, employing licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and SLP Assistants.

Welcome McKenna

July 29, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

mckennaWe have exciting news to report once again! Our clinic continues to grow, and we are pleased to announce that to better serve your child, we have hired McKenna Jackson, M.S., CCC/SLP, as our newest full-time speech therapist.

McKenna earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2012 at the University of Texas at Dallas, which she attended on the Texas Engineering Scholarship. She earned her Master of Science in Communication Disorders there two years later and she is licensed in Texas and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

McKenna has a passion for helping children. While attending college and before, she was a volunteer with Samaritan Inn, providing homework tutoring and emotional support to children aged 1-13, and for ManeGait, where she helped teach mentally and physically-challenged children to ride horses, thus gaining self-confidence and inner strength.

She has a strong technical and scientific background as well, having worked as the lab coordinator for the Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas for a year and a half.

Before coming to work with us at Dallas Reading and Language Services, McKenna worked in home healthcare and for the Frisco ISD school system, as a speech therapist.

We are very proud to have McKenna join our team, and we feel she will be an asset to both our clinic and to you our client.

Thank you for supporting our special speech therapy practice, and for helping us to change lives for children and families.

Kind Regards,

Rachel Betzen, M.A., CCC/SLP
Dallas Reading and Language Services