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App edition!

 Apps we are loving right now:

 

·         Furry Friend by Plutinosoft.  This is a furry little monster that repeats words.  He also responds to any vocalizations or words.  Great for children who are just beginning to make sounds and use words.

·         All the apps by Kindergarten.com are really great for practicing skills at home.  They are based in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) intervention and teach great skills like noun recognition, learning sight words and early problem solving.

·         Apps from Talk Time Pediatric Speech Academy can be a bit pricey, but they offer quality apps that really focus on key areas such as answering yes/no questions and using verb phrases.

·         Super Duper Inc. is a company that has been in the business of supplying speech therapists with therapy materials for almost 30 years.  They know speech and they have expanded into occupational therapy.  Their apps are specific, inexpensive and reliable.

·         Alligator apps offer quite a few free apps working on things like identifying emotions and concepts.  They are pretty limited, but can be useful for reinforcing skills that have been already learned.

·         Voice Meter Lite by Dragon Fly apps.  If you know a kid who struggles with volume, either too soft or too loud, this app is the best!  It is free and works like a charm.  Love it.

·         Giggle Up apps have some great apps.  You need to be a bit selective.  We really like the jigsaw puzzle apps for reinforcement

·         “Cookie Calls” is an app by Sesame Street.  It is like having a Face Time call with Cookie Monster.  Little ones love it!

·         Speech Sound on Cue for iPad teaches initial word sounds with visual and verbal cues.  We’ve used this with kids who are stuck trying to get certain sounds.  It is also good for kids who have poor eye contact but are drawn to a screen.

·         Pea Pod Labs have some nice apps for labeling nouns and verbs.

 

We are always learning about new apps and new materials to keep kids engaged and learning.  Give us a call for more information at 651-636-4155.

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Get to know Amy Tannahill, APRN, CNP


Every few weeks we would like to share a post to let you get to know the staff at the Rosenberg Center a little bit better. This week, we want to introduce you to Amy Tannahill, APRN, CNP and an owner at Rosenberg Center

Would you share a little about your education and professional background?

I did both my undergraduate work and graduate work at the University of MN.  If you are confused by the letters behind my name, mystery solved: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner.


What do you love most about the Rosenberg Center?

What’s NOT to LOVE?!  I love following my patients through their childhood and into adolescence; watching them grow, change and succeed. I adore every person who works at the Rosenberg Center as well and many of them have become my good friends. 


How long have you worked at the Rosenberg Center?

It’s been almost 6 years!  I started the business with my three business partners and we’ve worked hard to keep it growing since then.  


When you have a few free minutes what hobbies do you enjoy?

I love warm weather and water.  Summers in Minnesota are spent doing some boating on the river and my winters are spent visiting a place or two that have sunshine and ocean waves. 


What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?

I went snorkeling with Tarpon that were bigger than me.  It wasn’t so scary at the time, but now thinking back on it, I wondering what in the world I was thinking. 

 
Let’s move in the opposite direction and find out what makes you happy?

Vacations, my kids (most of the time!), a really good book and my feet in sand.  All of those things at the same time=pure happiness.


This is where we really start to get to know you. What is your favorite TV show or Movie?

This is embarrassing: Right now, it’s American Ninja Warrior.  My favorite movie: It’s probably a tie between Bridges of Madison County and The Little Mermaid.    

What were the last two books you read?

“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion and “Midnight on the Moon” (Magic Treehouse Series) by Mary Pope Osborne. 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?

I’d probably go with a turkey and cheese sandwich.


If you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Australia’s Barrier Reef.


What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Work hard, play hard.


Do you have a favorite quote to share with us?

“Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive that is Youer than You.” Dr Suess


What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’m practically blind without contact lenses and almost no one has seen me in glasses.  

Core for Kids?

Core strength refers to the deep postural muscles that support and hold one’s torso or trunk.  These muscles allow one to stay balanced and maintain an upright posture for extended periods of time.  We all use core muscles to sit still in one spot and to keep ourselves still and upright for handwriting and desk tasks.  Read More

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What is FASD?

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause irreversible damage to an unborn baby. If a baby is prenatally exposed to alcohol, they are at risk for having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Read More

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These are a few of our favorite books

 Here are our top picks for kids books!  What are yours?

Our Favorite Books

 

Caroline Crocker:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

Amy Lesher:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 

Molly Kostecky:

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

 

Traci Kerney:

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

 

Amy Tannahill:

Are You My Mother?  by P. D. Eastman

 

Alyssa Bartel:

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!  by Dr. Suess

 

Nicole Shumann:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?    by Eric Carle

 

Morgan Matthiesen:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.


Jan Mims:

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

 

Ali Berthiaume:

The Most Beautiful Tree in the World by Leonard Weisgard

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