About Pam Drennen MS CCC-SLP

Pam Drennen MS CCC-SLP is the VP Director of Clinical Services Speech at Kidmunicate. Pam has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Pam provides evaluation and treatment for a variety of speech/language and communication disorders. She has experience working with children with hearing loss, autism, Down Syndrome, a cleft palate, developmental delays, Apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor/feeding issues as well as children with augmentative/alternative needs. Pam is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association.

Insomnia and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Facts and Strategies

Autism Spectrum Disorder And Insomnia - The Facts And The Strategies For parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), bedtime can be a nightmare. Insomnia in those with ASD is considered to be endemic, with up to 80% of those on the spectrum regularly suffering from some form of sleep disorder. This compared to 20-40% among children who do not have ASD. Sleep issues include the following in children with ASD. • Difficulty falling asleep • Difficulty staying asleep • Early morning awakening • Short sleep duration • Erratic sleep patterns • Hyperarousal or anxiety around bedtime • Excessive [...]

By |2019-07-03T21:28:52-04:00 |Blog|Comments Off on Insomnia and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Facts and Strategies

Kindergarten Readiness Program – Enroll Now

Kindergarten Readiness Classes Forming Now - Starting Week of July 9, 2018 Parents of children who we treat for speech, language and social disorders asked us to develop a Kindergarten Readiness Program to give their kids a little head start. So we did just that and we are opening it up for any kid who might need it. Enroll in the Kidmunicate Kindergarten Readiness Program Developed by a Certified Educator and Speech Pathologist. The Kidmunicate Kindergarten Readiness Program will consist of educationally engaging activities to prepare children for what's to come in Kindergarten. Children will have the opportunity to socialize [...]

By |2020-05-12T12:06:49-04:00 |Blog|Comments Off on Kindergarten Readiness Program – Enroll Now

The Benefits of Art Therapy for Speech and Emotional Development

Why Art Therapy Benefits Mental Health In Children Nearly 1 in 12 American children have an impairment related to language and speech – with an average of three in every classroom. According to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, art therapy improves the ability of children to engage in meaningful behavior, such as language, speech, and intelligibility. Following a directive approach in speech therapy requires structure, depending on the style. For directive style, the speech therapist may raise up an object, name it, and ask the child to repeat. In contrast, the naturalistic method focuses on [...]

By |2019-11-03T16:04:45-05:00 |Blog|Comments Off on The Benefits of Art Therapy for Speech and Emotional Development

Autism Social Stories: Preparing to be a Big Brother or Sister

A mother of a 6 year old son with autism wanted help preparing her son to be a big brother. Lots of therapy and sticking to a routine have really helped her first son cope and manage life fairly well at home, at school and in the community. The mom, pregnant and due in 4 months, is afraid that the new addition to their family may cause her son with autism to relapse. She is the inspiration for this Autism Social Story: Preparing to be a big brother. Like all moms with children on the autism spectrum, she likes to [...]

By |2019-07-19T20:53:31-04:00 |Blog|72 Comments

Cerebral Palsy and Pediatric Speech Therapy

Collaboration and Communication for Children with Cerebral Palsy. While the medical and research communities are diligently looking for ways to prevent cerebral palsy (CP) by identifying the preventable risks, developing prevention measures and educating the public, others are working hard to help people live with it. Since cerebral palsy, the most common childhood motor disability, often affects speech, Kidmunicate wants to help too. We can do our part by helping children with cerebral palsy communicate with more confidence and by informing our readers about the disorder. One person working hard to help people live with cerebral palsy is Alex [...]

By |2019-09-10T12:22:27-04:00 |Blog|2 Comments

Tips to make your kids smarter and more confident communicators

Want to Make your kids smarter and more confident? Here's how At Kidmunicate Pediatric Speech Therapy, our goal is to help children become more skilled and confident communicators which we believe makes them smarter. We recently found a great infographic (below) called 101 ways to make your kids smarter. What we especially like about this list is that many of the tips help improve communication skills. Increasing a child's skill and confidence at communicating has countless benefits. A child who can communicate verbally will find it easier with the written word, and will therefore perform better in school. A strong [...]

By |2019-07-01T22:05:46-04:00 |Blog|Comments Off on Tips to make your kids smarter and more confident communicators

Babies who use handheld electronics risk speech delay

Delay the use of touch screen electronics for your baby or risk speech delay. A new study has found a link between the use of handheld devices by babies and speech delay. The study was presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. The research studied the correlation between speech delay and time spent by children between ages six months and two years with handheld electronics (smartphones, tablets and electronic games). Of the study group of 1,070 kids, about 70% of the children had no handheld screen time and 20% spent an average of 28 minutes per day using handheld, touch screen [...]

By |2017-05-10T11:20:09-04:00 |Blog|Comments Off on Babies who use handheld electronics risk speech delay

Autism Social Stories: Preparing for a Grocery Shopping Trip

A mother of a child with autism wanted help preparing her child for a grocery shopping trip. The sensory stimuli from the bright lights, loud sounds, visually distracting shelves and / or crowded aisles have triggered autism related behavioral issues in the past. Like all moms with children on the autism spectrum, there are times when she does not have a choice and must bring her child to the store with her. She also does not want to isolate her child and recognizes that grocery shopping is an essential life skill. We applaud her efforts to prepare her child for the world. [...]

By |2018-12-23T10:53:40-05:00 |Blog|15 Comments

The Musicality of Sign Language

Christine Sun Kim, sound artist and composer, was born deaf. She recently gave an inspiring TED speech on The Enchanting Music of Sign Language. Christine signs while an off stage person interprets her graceful movements, gestures and expressions. Christine is inspiring because she does not let her disability confine her or even define her, no she let's it refine her. She has refined her reactions and outlook to the sounds that she cannot hear in a powerful and empowering way through her visual art. Christine cannot hear, but she does not live in a soundless world. She has learned how to [...]

By |2016-12-28T08:38:00-05:00 |Blog|Comments Off on The Musicality of Sign Language

Autism Acceptance is Important

New program #lovewithoutwords, by Kulture City is helping improve autism acceptance. On the news, I heard about a new program that promotes the need for autism acceptance by an organization called Kulture City, a non-profit. Kulture City is trying to create a world where all children with autism can be accepted, included and fulfilled. If you follow Kidmunicate at all, you know that we dedicate a lot of time and effort to help children with autism venture out and try new things with our social stories. Our social stories teach children with autism, what to expect, what to do and how to [...]

By |2016-12-08T14:24:53-05:00 |Blog|Comments Off on Autism Acceptance is Important
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