February, 2015. This month TLC celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday with literacy based activities. Reading to and with our children is so beneficial for their growth and development.  Below is a list found at about the benefits of reading:

1.    Kids who read often get better at it.  This is pretty much common sense, after all, practice makes perfect.

2.    Reading exercises our brains. Reading is a much more complex task for the brain than say, watching TV is.  Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.

3.    Reading improves concentration. Children have to focus on a story, and if they read or our read to regularly, they develop the ability to do this for longer periods.

4.    Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading, children learn about people, places, and events outside their own experience.  They are also exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them.

5.    Reading improves a child’s vocabulary and leads to more highly-developed language skills.  This is because children learn new word as they read, but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words an language effectively.

6.    Reading develops a child’s imagination. This is because when we read or our read to, our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places, and things into pictures.

7.    Reading helps kids develop empathy. When we are engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experience to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.

8.    Children who read do better at school.

9.    Reading is a great form of entertainment.

10.   Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind.  When we read in silence the black and white print on a page is much less stressful for our eyes and brains.

Some of our patients’ favorites are: The Magic Tree House series, the Who Was? series, Fish Had A Wish, Brown Bear, and Good Night Moon.  Happy reading!

News. January, 2015. To ring in the New Year, we have updated our therapy tools to include a GoTalk9+. This AAC device facilitates communication for those with complex communication needs. For more information visit: For updates regarding TLC’s status during inclement weather, be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages. Although we love the snow, TLC is already thinking ahead to Spring, and the many events it brings, such as the ASRC’s Walk for Autism on Sunday, May 5th, and Connect Walk for Apraxia on Saturday, May 9th. TLC will be there, will you? Finally, we are often asked for local resources to support those we serve. Below are just a few from the list we are working to compile: Advocacy: Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center ( Support: Connecticut Family Support Network ( Resources: Autsim Society Resource Center (

TLC is celebrating its 1 year anniversary. What a year it has been. TLC has expanded its space and now has two more treating therapists.  TLC is also proud to bring an insurance specialist to help with coverage.  Since opening its doors in September, 2013, TLC’s Lynn LaValley been awarded 2014 Best of Wallingford Awards for Speech Pathologist, and Strathmore’s Who’s Who for Speech Pathology.  Lynn LaValley has also become a guest blogger for Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists, and will soon provide consultation services for evaluations at Yale University’s Child Study Center. TLC is grateful for a wonderful year, and will continue to provide the highest quality of service to its patients. TLC is perusing its dedication for early intervention and community service by again offering free preschool screening to local daycares and nursery schools.

Therapy for Language and Communication’s Social Skills group will be led by Lynn LaValley, M.S., CCC-SLP. Lynn greatly enjoys the area of pragmatic language, and has lead numerous social skills groups over the years.  In keeping with TLC’s mission statement, the children will learn and practice targeted skills in safe and nurturing environment. The social skills group will include topics such as: friendships, perspective taking, conversational skills, and more! A variety of resources will be used including Michelle Garcia Winner’s Superflex Program ©  and Social Thinking Program ©. This group is for individuals in grades 1 and 2. Group will begin Thursday, January 30th and run for 6 weeks. (4:15-5:30pm) Please contact us directly for availability. 203.410.0974 or email