Fabulous Family Fun #2

Fabulous Family Fun #2

25 Family Activities Celebrating 25 Years! 

We are celebrating with you and sharing 25 activities enjoyed by our families over the past 25 years.

We all know that summer requires shade and indoor options, but most of the activities can be adapted to year round fun!

Edible Kitchen Science! 

YaYa’s in the Kitchen creating chocolate chip brownies with fresh organic raspberries and local organic blueberries from Green Meadows Farm (GMF).

YaYa and YoYo were in the blueberry fields on opening day 2019 at GMF.

Since many families have a favorite brownie recipe or mix, use what you prefer or try a new recipe. Then, add 1 cup of fresh berries and fold them gently into your batter.

YES, YaYa also added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips!

You can use one berry or any combination that works for your family. If you choose strawberries or blackberries, you may want to slice or quarter them.

We suggest that you allow your little ones choose the type of berries and the topping.

Today, YaYa sprinkled the top of the batter with sliced almonds before baking. But, you can stir nuts into the batter or omit nuts if that is not your “thing”.

Be sure to visit YaYa’s other recipes for more family baking fun!

Do You Have Concerns?

If you have a specific speech, languageliteracy, communication or social skills concern, do not hesitate to contact us!

Our Director, Lori Savage Grayson, will be glad to speak with you and answer your questions about how Speech-Language Pathology services with Children’s Communication Center might benefit your family.

NOTE: These family activity posts are meant to show that daily activities are beneficial to the development of SLP and related skills. However, the posts are not intended to replace SLP or other professional services.


Fabulous Family Fun #1

25 Family Activities Celebrating 25 Years! 

We are celebrating with you and sharing 25 activities enjoyed by this Center’s families over the past 25 years.

We all know that summer requires shade and indoor options, but most of the activities can be adapted to year round fun!

So let the fun begin…

Starting with our #1 hit, Gooey Goop & Slippery Slime

To increase easy clean up, use aprons and table & floor coverings!

Since pictures are helpful, be sure to visit the recipe for details and a preview!

For other edible and non-edible family kitchen science activities, visit YaYa’s in the Kitchen.

Each of our 25 Fabulous Family Fun activities allows for language, literacy, learning, communication and social interaction opportunities.

Be sure to include your little ones, your older children and teens as well.

Do You Have Concerns?

If you have a specific speech, languageliteracy, communication or social skills concern, do not hesitate to contact us!

Our Director, Lori Savage Grayson, will be glad to speak with you and answer your questions about how Speech-Language Pathology services with Children’s Communication Center might benefit your family.

NOTE: These family activity posts are meant to show that daily activities are beneficial to the development of SLP and related skills. However, the posts are not intended to replace SLP or other professional services.


Fabulous Family Fun

Are You Wondering…

what you can do at home to help your child?

We are glad you asked!

Our children have the opportunity to expand their communication skills (speech, language, literacy, learning, and social skills) daily through their interactions with peers and adults in their lives.

With or without a specific Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) challenge or need, our children can benefit from their every day interactions.

No Parent Needs More Homework

Early in her Speech-Language Pathology career, our Director, Lori Savage Grayson, learned an important lesson from a parent.

While offering a parent ideas for a home program, the parent asked a then very new Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), “Do you have children? Do you have a secret for fitting these extra assignments into our daily schedule?

It was that moment, that the new SLP realized the best avenue for helping parents was to learn more about EACH family’s routines. To brain-storm with the parent/s and customize the home program. By sharing activities that fit into EACH family’s daily living schedule, families were more more likely to be successful.

Now, 40 years later, Ms. Grayson proudly continues this practice by showing parents how to tweak their interactions and enhance their child’s skills, infants through young adults.

Clearly, no parent or family needs another assignment or homework, but each of us can learn to be a more effective and efficient communicator no matter one’s age!

Celebrating 25 Years!

This year our Center began our 25th year celebration during May for Better Hearing & Speech Month.

Now, we invite you to join our celebration with 25+ Fabulous Family Fun activities!

Each activity naturally encourages aspects of speech, language, literacy, learning, communication and social skill development!

Show & Tell

Our Show & Tell program for children and parents allows families to enjoy learning natural gestures, sign language, play skills and social interaction!

Share Your Favorite…

Do you have a favorite family activity? Please send us suggestions, and we will share with other families!

Do You Have Concerns?

If you have a specific speech, languageliteracy, communication or social skills concern, do not hesitate to contact us!

Our Director, Lori Savage Grayson, will be glad to speak with you and answer your questions about how Speech-Language Pathology services with Children’s Communication Center might benefit your family.

NOTE: These family activity posts are meant to show that daily activities are beneficial to the development of SLP and related skills. However, the posts are not intended to replace SLP or other professional services.



If you have a specific speech, language, literacy, communication or social skills concern, do not hesitate to contact us!

NOTE: These family activity posts are meant to show that daily activities are beneficial to the development of SLP and related skills. However, the posts are not intended to replace SLP or other professional services.


YaYa’s in the Kitchen with YoYo: Cauliflower Parmesan


YaYa’s in the Kitchen with YoYo!

YoYo is excited to wear his birthday gift from special friends. His own apron!
Prepare the cauliflower by washing and trimming.
Slice the cauliflower into one inch pieces. Yes, some will fall apart, it’s fine!
Brush or use your hands to put olive oil on both sides of the cauliflower.
We baked on parchment as it helps with clean-up!

Season with salt and pepper. We used a combo of Himalayan and Kosher salts
and freshly ground mixed pepper.
Roast at 425 degrees F for about 35 minutes (carefully turning once midway
when the bottoms are golden brown) and cooking until both sides are golden brown.
The time will depend on your oven. We cooked ours 45 minutes total.
Now, spoon on your favorite marinara sauce. We used our all time favorite
homemade sauce from Aunt Carla’s recipe. We prepared it last Fall with the
freshly picked tomatoes from the local farm we visited. Since it was frozen,
we simmered it and added a bit more tomato paste to thicken it.
Next, we sprinkled each piece with shredded Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
Save some of each cheese for adding when you serve. Broil till bubbly & melted!
How gorgeous is this ooey gooey melted cheese on our beautiful cauliflower?
We served it with a crisp mixed salad and a crusty warmed multigrain baton.
Of course, we drizzled Denissimo balsamic from our friends at Smashing Olive!
Garnish with more cheese, fresh basil and red pepper flakes.

For the recipe and more details…

If you’d like to read the Delish recipe and watch the video that inspired us, watch here!

Enjoy and be sure to follow YaYa’s in the Kitchen for more family cooking & baking memories!

I do believe YoYo said, “This was the best ever!”

Contact us for questions on this recipe or to learn how Children’s Communication Center may be able to help your family.

Lori (YaYa)