DEALING WITH PEER PRESSURE WHEN YOU HAVE LEARNING DISABILITIES  — Innovative Therapy Services-Pediatric Speech Language and Social Skills

Peer pressure is not something new, it’s a rite of passage during adolescent years. Not all adolescents are able to withstand peer pressure and make independent decisions. The fear of being rejected by peers if they do not conform to the group or peer’s request can sometimes lead to adolescents making wrong choices. As a […

I Have Come to Believe in Chances!

As I woke up this morning to write this newsletter, the word chance, came to my mind. It started with, What are the chances that I will have any inspirational message to share with people? Then came, Why even bother writing today? There is a great chance that nobody will even bother to read myContinue reading “I Have Come to Believe in Chances!”

Yes, Some Labels Do Matter!

It is true ignorance is bliss! Back in 2004, I received a call from the director of the preschool, my daughter then age 2  attended. To paraphrase the call,  “Don’t panic, but we want to know if Regina has any known food allergies?” I said, no. However, the director  insisted I come pick her upContinue reading “Yes, Some Labels Do Matter!”

Are Labels Really Necessary?

As a new therapist breaking out into the field, I enjoyed conducting assessments and enthusiastically handed out labels to educate parents on the types of language or learning disabilities their child could potentially have. Some parents often looked at me with pleas in their eyes, as if to say, ‘please don’t tell me bad news’Continue reading “Are Labels Really Necessary?”

Simple Tips: Use Open-Ended Questions to Start Conversations

Open Ended- Questions are great conversation starters. Open ended questions are questions that will make a person tell you more about themselves or a topic. We have just had the Superbowl it is a great opportunity for you to practice using open-ended questions. Asking questions about the person’s favorite part of the game, commercial etc.,Continue reading “Simple Tips: Use Open-Ended Questions to Start Conversations”

Equipping Teens with Conversational  Etiquette in the Social Media Age

With Snapchat, texting, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc., we are able to click, like and make quick snappy comments. There is arguably a lot of benefits to social media. It has given us the ability to connect with long lost family members, share ideas with millions of people in the world and most importantly, we areContinue reading “Equipping Teens with Conversational  Etiquette in the Social Media Age”

Winter is a Time for Healing

My feeling for winter can be described as chaotic and distressing yet, benevolent and spiritual. As a child growing up in Nigeria, winter season was harmattan season, a time when people prepare for heavy winds and clouds of dust, a time of periodic destruction of what has been built and treasured. I remember it wasContinue reading “Winter is a Time for Healing”

Silence is a Treasure!

Silence is precious It is mournful scary and yet it gently steals away painful past.  Silence is a treasure not to be scorned, it comes with a new awakening, new ambitions, desires, aspirations and the rebuilding of new purpose and the destruction of painful past. By Uduak Osom Uduak (Udie) Osom holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Speech and LanguageContinue reading “Silence is a Treasure!”