The Clinic Corner

BY: SARA SEMESKY, M.S. ED, CCC-SLP

GREETINGS! My name is Sara Semesky and I am pleased to have recently become the Clinic Coordinator at the Hilgenberg Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center. I’m currently in my fourth year as a Speech Language Pathologist at HASA and in my second year at The Scottish Rite. Additionally, I’m happy to introduce Hayley Boyle, our newest Speech-Language Pathologist who is a recent graduate of Loyola University and currently completing her Clinical Fellowship, a mentored professional experience necessary for all new clinicians. Hayley has a strong ability to connect not only with her clients but also with their families, which is a key element of successful therapy. Her energy and expertise make her a truly valuable asset to our team.

This fall, the clinicians of our center have been very busy, as we’ve continued to travel to local private schools to provide speech and language screenings, evaluations, and therapy services. Serving in the school setting offers the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and support staff and enhance each student’s communication skills. Addition ally, students are able to practice their speech and language strategies in a familiar and functional environment. We also continue to treat many clients within the clinic, both during and after school hours.

We’re so grateful to the Masons for providing a robust variety of testing and therapy materials to keep our clients motivated toward achieving their communication goals!

In late September, we hosted one of our biggest annual fundraisers, Basket Bingo. All who attended had a wonderful time, winning prizes, enjoying food and drinks, and getting to know our pathologists. We would like to thank everyone for their participation in this fantastic event and their generous contributions to the Scottish Rite Charitable Fund. We’re also looking forward to our annual Holiday Party in December! With crafts, refreshments, gifts, and even a visit from Santa, it’s one of our most memorable events of the year.

As we continue through the winter season, we will work diligently to provide families with strategies to improve communication skills both in and out of the therapy setting. Here are some fun and easy ways to incorporate language skills into winter activities:

-Making hot chocolate, cookies, or even building a snowman can provide opportunities to practice sequencing and following directions

-Dressing for cold weather can provide opportunities to learn object functions and body part identification

-Driving through your neighborhood to look at holiday lights and decorations can provide opportunities to discuss descriptive concepts (color, size) and actions

The Hilgenberg Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center wish you a peaceful holiday season and thank you for your continued support in our mission to bring communication skills to the families we serve!