Monthly Archives: June 2016

Back to School: The NEW Kindergarten Means “More Testing, Less Play”

Anyone remember half day Kindergarten? Anyone remember naps once it became full day? Both of these are traditions from the past.

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For the Love of Our Children, ASK

Category : Blog

June 21, 2016

Welcome to our home!

Q: ASK what?

A: Today is Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Day. A day created to increase awareness and understanding in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths from guns that are stored unsafely in homes.

To be absolutely clear, this is a post about the safety of our children (period).

Within each house is a home filled with a family.

I grew up in a home with a father who was a Marine. YES, there were guns in our home.

Were there safety measures implemented in our home? YES

I spent my summers at a sleep away camp owned by my parents. YES, there was riflery.

Were there safety measures implemented at our camp? YES

Do accidents happen? YES.

Can more accidents be prevented? YES.

Did we ask these questions when our children went to the homes of friends? YES

Did any accidents happen anyway? YES

Once with a BB gun.

Do you think we need to ask about BB guns too? YES!

As a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who has spent the last 37 years with children and their families, I know the following statements to be true.

Children know that their parents have guns in the home. How do I know? Children, as young as 3, have told me.

Parents are surprised.

Children know where their parents keep the guns. How do I know? Children, as young as 3, have told me.

Parents are surprised.

Children know where the ammunition is “hidden”. How do I know? Children, as young as 5, have told me.

Children can climb. Children are creative. Children are inquisitive. Children are fast. Children find guns.

Not all guns are secured.

Some guns are loaded.

Accidents happen…

Accidents (maybe not all, but more) can be prevented.

For the love of our children, learn & watch more HERE and ASK.

Thank you to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Healthy Children for empowering parents and families to ask the right questions.

Let’s keep our children safe. Let’s be the adults. Let’s ASK. Let’s save lives.

To all our children ~

Be Happy…    The Best is Yet to Come…


A hopeful day in the life of this SLP,

Lori Savage Grayson


Welcome, FSU Summer Volunteers!

This summer, the Children’s Communication Center welcomes three Florida State University student volunteers – Hope Leardini, Haley Stuart and Samantha Furukawa. Each is interested in learning more about becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and will shadow Lori Savage Grayson as she meets with her patients.

Learn more about our volunteers:
Hope is a senior double majoring in media communication studies and sociology at Florida State University. She shared that she has a personal reason for her interest and passion for the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Her desire to become an SLP stems from  years of watching her brother, who has autism, work with a variety of professionals. Hope is eager to gain SLP experience so that she can do her part by helping those with speech, language, and communication challenges after her graduation.

Haley is a junior at Florida State University pursing a degree in psychology with a minor in child development. She plans on applying to FSU’s Speech-Language Pathology “Bridge” program and continuing on to graduate school to become an SLP. Haley looks forward to focusing on helping children with hearing loss and apraxia. She can’t wait to see the improvements that she can make in children’s lives through SLP services and is excited to be volunteering with Ms. Lori Savage Grayson this summer!

Samantha is a senior at Florida State University studying to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish. She plans on becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist and working with children with communication challenges. Currently, she is an active member in Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Psi Chi psychology honor society, and Best Buddies, which works with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We are excited to share with these young women what it’s like during a day in the life of an SLP!

FSU Summer 2016 Volunteers: L to R: Hope, Samantha & Haley

FSU Summer 2016 Volunteers  Photo: CCC (L to R): Hope, Samantha & Haley



Better Hearing & Speech Month – Capital City Pedicabs Interview

Category : Autism , Blog

 May 2016

Thank you to Mike Goldstein of Capital City Pedicabs who interviewed Lori about the Children’s Communication Center’s participation with Better Hearing & Speech Month! Below is an excerpt from her interview with Mike on the Capital City Pedicabs blog.

“Mike, I want to begin by thanking you for allowing me to participate in this interview and for your hosting Children’s Communication Center during “Better Hearing & Speech Month” (BHSM). I am proud to be an ambassador for the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as we celebrate this month long event.

May is dedicated to increasing awareness & understanding of communication development & disorders and the beneficial roles that Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, as well as the speech and hearing researchers, play in the lives of more than 40 MILLION Americans (birth to adult) experiencing communication challenges.

This Center is sponsoring a May is Better Hearing & Speech Month event on Facebook which will allow us to share success stories, quotables, weekly activities, daily tidbits, informational posts, community “coupons” and more!”

A wonderful month in the life of this SLP,