PoW
Welcome!
Play on Words Therapy, LLC is a pediatric speech-language therapy practice.

We specialize in working with children who have more significant needs such as language delays, autism, and other developmental disabilities.
PLAY ON WORDS
THERAPY, LLC

Summer 2019 PoW-Wow s
information available! 


SUMMER POW-WOW
REGISTRATION FORM



240-283-7752 (Phone)
240-813-4315 (Fax)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US 
  1. Communication is the key to the door of all development.
    Christina Royster, Founder/Owner
  2. Thank you for developing and implementing a therapeutic and fun camp for all of the kids. [My grandson] has made definite progress in his speech and we are very grateful.
    Grandparent
  3. Thanks so much! My son has learned so much and is ready for school!
    Parent
You can expect therapy from the heart.  That magical moment when communication happens- when you take the time to think about all that goes into expressing just one word- you realize how important it is.  PoW wants those moments to be a way of life, not a miracle. 
ABOUT PoW
Play on Words (PoW) Therapy was established in 2016 and became an LLC in January 2017, serving families mainly in the Hyattsville, MD and surrounding Washington DC metropolitan area (PG County, DC, and selected parts of Montgomery County).   We started serving just one family in the home setting and grew from there! While PoW works with children of all ages and needs, we specialize in working with younger children with significant impairments (nonverbal communicators, limited language, language delay, autism, intellectual disability, etc.)  PoW also has extensive training in working with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). 

If you have any questions about your child's development and/or would like to know how PoW can help, please contact us!


 

      Therapist Experience and Certifications

  • Licensed in Maryland and Washington DC
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Certified Autism Specialist
  • PLAY Project Intensive Workshop (Autism intervention) attendee
  • Minspeak- T rained
  • LAMP (Language Aquisition through Motor Planning) Training
  • PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display)-Trained
  • Training in Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty (TOTS)
  • Two-time recipient of the ASHA Award for Continuing Education  (ACE)
MEET THE THERAPIST
Christina Royster has more than seven years of professional experience and a lifetime of personal experience working with individuals who have special needs.

Christina received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Arizona State University. Christina is licensed in Maryland and DC and has proficiency in Spanish.  She has a variety of clinical experiences.  In graduate school, Christina completed internships in a pediatric hospital's autism center, acute care hospital, and an urban special needs school.  She has worked in public schools with a variety of student needs. Christina has over six years of experience serving adults with disabilties in group home settings/day programs as well as three years in skilled nursing facilities.  Each of these experiences have shaped her into the therapist she is today. 

Christina began seeing clients in their homes on a part-time basis over four years ago and is currently the sole proprietor and owner of Play on Words Therapy, LLC.


"From the moment I was old enough to work or even volunteer, it has been with children with special needs.  I did adapted sports programs, respite care, mentoring, and Special Olympics work.  I owe it all to my late brother, who had cerebral palsy.  I always knew my passion was to help children like him.  When choosing a college major I never asked, 'What do I want to be when I grow up?' Instead, the only question was, 'What kind of therapist do I want to be?'"
Christina Royster, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS
SERVICES OFFERED
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    Home-Based Therapy
    Individual speech-language therapy sessions in the home setting. -Language development -Play skills -Multimodal communication -Functional, age-appropriate communication
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    PoW-Wows
    PoW-Wows are language groups led by a speech-language pathologist and an assistant. PoW-Wows offer interaction, brief individual sessions, and play-based learning for each child.
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    Group Therapy
    PoW provides small and large group therapy in private preschools, daycares, and afterschool programs. Group lessons focus on concept development, receptive and expressive language, as well as functional play.
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    Family Training and Consults
    PoW provides therapy training for families looking to create language-enriched environments in their natural routines.
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    Screenings
    PoW offers speech/language screenings for daycares, preschools, and private/religious organizations.


SUMMER POW-WOW
REGISTRATION FORM

*For more info, visit PoW-Wows page!

Follow us on the 'gram: @playonwordstherapyllc
Check us out on Facebook, too!
  1. Target Dollar Spot always coming through with winners! We worked on:
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✔️ prepositions/spatial concepts
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✔️ utterance expansion
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✔️sentence formulation .
✔️picture description
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✔️ pretend play!
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  2. Belated birthday gift! 
Should I wear these to a myo conference this weekend? Too much? .
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  3. It’s rare that you’ll see a non-speech related post, but today is my BIRTHDAY so I’m doing it 🤷🏽‍♀️
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Last night my friends came out to do one of my favorite activities...cycling! Some weren’t thrilled at first but they ALL ended up having a great time (to my knowledge). .
Walking into 31, I’m grateful for my friends who support me, my business, and for the light they bring to the world.
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#christinasthirtywon #thirtywonderful #godisgood
  4. I love a good SNUG. 🤓
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S- spontaneous
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N- novel
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U- utterance
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G-generation (K. Hill)
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  5. This puzzle made by @talkitrockit is one of my favorites to use with my younger, early communicators. It grabs their attention because you pull the scarf through the hole and then put in the magnetic puzzle piece! Kids can work on:
✔️Prepositions (in, out)
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✔️Actions (put, pull, take, get, give, hold, go)
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✔️Vocabulary for common items .
✔️Turn-taking

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  6. Something about a beautiful library...
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  8. #Repost @special_needs_siblings ・・・
I know the day is close to over but that’s okay 🙃
Happy National Sibling Day! 
This celebration led me to find this account dedicated to #specialneedssiblings . Being a special needs sibling is what inspired me to be an SLP!
Although it’s been almost 10 years since he passed, I don’t go a day without thinking of how grateful I am to help kids and adults like him every day, especially through AAC. Whenever I’ve had a rough session or a rough day in general, I go back to my “why” and all will be well.
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P.S. Shoutout to my little bro, too! @camroyster .
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#specialneedssiblings #specialneedsparents #specialneedssister #specialneedsmoms #specialneedsdads #specialneedsbrothers #specialneedsfamilies #support #epilepsy #family #disability #disorder #cerebralpalsy #specialneedsfamily
  9. Some, let’s be real, MOST of my favorite activities have been off the fly. One of my kids wanted to play I Spy but the picture symbol on his visual schedule has a magnifying glass. Did I have a magnifying glass with me? Of course not, because that’s in my garden shed full of toys 🥴
Anyway, I remembered I keep a little #dollartree flashlight in my bag. So we played with that and I’ve done I Spy this way ever since! .
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#playonwordstherapyllc #powllc #speechandlanguagetherapy #speechtherapist #slp2b #slp2be #slplife #speechtherapyideas #speechlanguagepathology #instaslp #speechlanguagepathologist #speechpathology #speechtherapy #slpsofinstagram #speechtherapylife #speechandlanguage #slpeeps #speechtherapyathome #slpsoninstagram #speechtherapyfun #preschoolslp
  10. Yeti in my Spaghetti with pragmatics cards allowed for lots of repetition and lots of of conversation!

Remember my post on games? They’re not just motivating, but they can also reinforce turn-taking skills and how to work with others. My friend did not win the game, but instead of pouting, he replied, “let’s play again!” #progress 
After this, he had an excellent idea- we played hide and seek with the Yeti! This allowed us to practice prepositions and spatial concepts. I love go with the flow therapy 🤗
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#playonwordstherapyllc #powllc #expressivelanguage #speechtherapylife #speechtherapist #speechtherapyideas #instaslp #slpsoninstagram #speechpathology #speechtherapy #speechlanguagepathology #slplife #slp2be #slp2b #speechlanguagepathologist #speechpathologist #speechtherapist #speechandlanguage #speechandlanguagetherapy #slpsofinstagram
  11. Please check out and download AutKonnect! It’s a FREE app designed for parents of children with autism, and it also provides valuable information for professionals! My favorite sections are the Spectrum Fun (outings and activities by geographic area) and the section for spectrum-friendly employers! 
@autkonnect is available on the App Store, again, for free!

#autism #autismawareness #autismo #autismo💙 #autismmom #asdfamilies #specialeducation #autismawarenessmonth #specialneeds #specialneedsfamily #autismfamily #autism_lovers #specialneedsmom #autismclassroom #asdslp #specialneedsparenting #specialneedsparent #autismslp #autismlife #specialneedskids #specialneedsparents
  12. We made a game box into a car ramp and made a day of it! .
Of course, when the cars fell off our ramp, I would hide them. My friend used his Accent device to ask me where they went! with some modeling and repetition, he was able to do this with consistency. 
#playonwordstherapyllc #powllc #speechtherapylife #speechtherapyideas #speechtherapist #instaslp #speechlanguagepathology #aacslp #slpsofinstagram #slpsoninstagram #speechlanguagepathologist #speechpathologist
  13. Today is World Autism Awareness Day!
Autism now affects 1 and 59 children in the US, and some statistics quote even higher. Those odds tell me that you know a friend or family member with autism, someone who has a child with autism, or you work with someone who does! 
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, can display in a variety of characteristics, gifts, and needs. Individuals diagnosed with ASD have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech/language or communication difficulties. While this is important to know to better understand why someone with ASD presents a little differently, let’s also talk about how AMAZING these individuals are as well. I work with both children and adults on the Autism spectrum and not a single one is the same, but I can tell you about the joy. Along with those repetitive behaviors and interests comes sheer joy that I can’t describe. I love tapping into my clients’ worlds and finding what motivates them. I have learned much about patience, about how we communicate, and how to persevere despite many obstacles...from my clients. 
So today I celebrate their strength and the strength of their families. We’re in it together. .
💙🧩💙🧩💙🧩💙🧩
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#playonwordstherapyllc #powllc #worldautismawarenessday #autismawareness #autismmom #autismo💙 #autismacceptance #specialneedsfamily #specialneeds #specialneedsparent #speechtherapy #speechlanguagepathology #specialneedsparents #specialneedschild #speechpathology #specialneedsmom #specialneedsteacher #spedteacher #asdslp #autismslp
  14. Still plenty of time to come out to the Prince George’s County IEP clinic and Resource Fair!
  15. These wooden play sets from @target are great for story telling!
We made up 6 different stories 😲
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  16. I’ve been playing Pancake Pileup this week/last week! I used to wonder how to target goals with this game, and now I’m seeing all the possibilities 😬
✔️ Sequencing
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✔️Temporal concepts (before, after, first, last)
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✔️Prepositions (on, under, top, bottom)
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✔️Pronouns (this is mine/yours, this is for me/you, my/your pancake) ...this is my new favorite target!
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✔️Pretend play (we served our pancakes to stuffed animals and pretended they were too hot)
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  17. Heads up!

I am not endorsing any of these products, and not even advocating that everyone needs an app/high tech, but if you were considering trying...April is your month!

For Autism Awareness month, these apps are at a reduced cost. Thanks, Laura Enders!
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#aacslp #augmentativecommunication #augcomm #aacdevice #speechpathology #speechtherapists #slplife #speechpathology #slpaac #speechtherapy #speechlanguagepathology #speechlanguagepathologist #speechpathologist #speechandlanguage #speechandlanguagetherapy #speechlanguagetherapy #slpsofinstagram #slpsoninstagram #slp
  18. #Repost @playtospeak.slt_for_parents with @get_repost . . . . .
Great strategies for developing speech and language! 
From thespeechpractice.com
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  19. Back at it. This conference blew my mind before I was really into AAC, and now I get to experience it with a whole new perspective.
We’re learning how to support AAC users of multicultural backgrounds, their families, and other communication partners.
Dr. Gloria Soto gained a new fan!
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#aacslp #slpaac #speechtherapists #speechpathology #slplife #slpsofinstagram #slpsoninstagram
  20. One of my first purchases as a CF. I’m missing quite a few stickers 7 years later, but this has still been a great language-building activity! 
Give me all the actions, all the prepositions, all the requests, all the comments, all the commands!
  21. I am so excited to be able to team up with my good friends @speechofcakeinc and @vozspeechtherapy to deliver presentations to local high schools. We are reaching out to schools with a high percentage of underrepresented groups to educate them on what it takes to become an SLP, and to increase diversity in our field! ✊🏽🗣✊🏼🗣✊🏾🗣
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We’ve been working on this for a while, and I’m so happy to see it have an impact already! 
Peep that email 👀
  22. When you get reminded of how you really sound. #reallaugh .
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  23. Love this flowchart shared by @zamzam.slp! 
I’ve been answering the, “What does a speech pathologist do?” question often lately, for various reasons. Although this was created to help a #futureslp figure out a setting/population of interest, it’s also a solid framework to explain some of the roles and responsibilities of an SLP! .
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  24. It’s the little things…
When your client has a freshly blended green smoothie, and you get one too!
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#playonwordstherapyllc #powllc #healthylifestyle #speechtherapyperks #speechtherapyathome #appreciative
  25. Playing with Core Words #7!
Beanie Babies/stuffed animals-I’ve certainly put my 3rd grade collection to use over the years. Unfortunately, my resale value isn’t great due to all the tags that have been ripped off. Yes, I have the McDonald’s Teenie Beanies, too! 
I use Beanie Babies to act out books (Brown Bear, Goodnight Gorilla, From Head to Toe, etc), for pretend play, and following directions! Best of all, you can target core words! If you haven’t noticed, lots of these core words and phrases are consistent across the toys, and that’s the whole point! We use core 24/7 🤗
This core board is an adaptation from Gail Van Tatenhove’s Pixon 50 using PCS, by Indian River Schools. There are lots of core board examples you can find online-see which one works for you!  Here are some core words/phrases to target while playing with food: .
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-want big/little
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-put there
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-what that?
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-this mine
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-my turn
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-drink/eat (pretend play!)
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-don’t take
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-go here .
-go where?
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-I like .
Can you think of some other core words/phrases? .
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You know what it is. .
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Image from: Flare
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#internationalwomensday #slpsfollowslps
  27. Sorting and categorizing! .
Dollar Tree recycling bins with compost, plastic, paper, and aluminum product stickers. 
We even got some vocabulary in there- my friend can now give examples of compost and aluminum! .

This is also age-appropriate for ALL- even my adults! .
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  28. Love this use of AAC with literacy! 
#Repost @basscaac
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“Love the 📖 'Ook the Book and Other Silly Rhymes' to work on letter sounds, word families and phonemic awareness skills! If your students could benefit from AAC supports for these skills but their AAC system doesn't include a word family keyboard or page set, you can turn a Go Talk or other similar mid tech voice output communication device into one!”
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#Repost @chickadee.aac
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“Here is a BIG core vocabulary board we made for a visually impaired student who does not like to wear his glasses. 🤓
Each word is on a 4x4” pull off square which can be held directly in the student’s line of sight.”
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#aacslp #slplife #slpeeps #slpsofinstagram 
#visuallyimpaired #augmentativeandalternativecommunication #coreboard #corevocabulary #speechpathology #speechtherapy #complexcommunicationneeds #blind #visuallyimpairedcommunication #slpsoninstagram #slpsfollowslps
  30. #Repost @theinformedslp 
THIS This this. .
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  31. Countdown App, I love thee.

I’ve had a little friend who has had difficulty with transition and staying on task. With the implementation of a visual schedule and a timer, his behavior has improved IMMENSELY! 
I love how easy this app is-
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1) Set your time .
2) Before pressing start, you can go into settings and decide on a picture you want to reveal as time elapses! You can (read: should 🙃) also turn of the ticking noise.
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3) Press Start. During the time, you can skip ahead or back 60 sec if you need.
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4) Magic ✨ .
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Oh, and it’s FREE 99 😍
  32. How great are these drawings?! Peep the eyebrows for scared/surprised
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(You already know where I got this 🎯)
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