End of the School Year Survival Tips

The end of the school year is quickly approaching; and if your family is like many, you and your children are tired and ready for the break. Although these many, you and your children are tired and ready for the break. Although these feelings are very normal, it is important for your child to have a strong end of the school year. Here you will find a few tips that should help to keep your child successful all the way until the end.

Routines are important - With warmer weather and daylight hours lasting longer, it can be tempting to stray from the established routines you have in place. However, a good night's sleep and continuing to complete homework and reading at established times will help your child to continue to be prepared for school, even with beautiful weather outside and a summer vacation to look forward to. Home routines make things easier to complete - your child already expects it and is used to doing it that way, so just keep it up for a little while longer!

Model positive examples and self talk - Positive self-talk is very beneficial for students. As the days wear on and it gets harder and harder to get up for school or to buckle down and get homework done, model positive speech such as, "We are pushing through until the end" or "We can get through this day." Your child will then start to internalize some of that dialogue. To finish the year in a strong manner, it is important to avoid negative statements such as mentioning that you are tired of the school year and how you want it to be over. Your child will internalize negative ideas just as they do positive statements. Stay upbeat and positive, you set the example.

Plan for next year - A perfect time to plan for the upcoming school year is at the end of this one. Once summer break has started, it can be difficult to reach teachers and administrators who are also on their well-deserved break. Likewise, the beginning of the school year can be a little hectic, so sometimes it is a difficult time for planning and decision making when everybody (families, students, and teachers) already have so much on their plate. If your child has an IEP, and you want to make some revisions for the upcoming year, now is the time to take care of that as well as talk to teachers or administrators about any concerns you may have for the upcoming school year. Email is always a great way to communicate with school personnel this time of year. While thinking about the nice summer days ahead, follow these tips and your child will be equipped for a strong and successful final month of school as well as ready for the fall!

Thursday, May 11th Kendra Scott Gives Back

Join LDA on Thursday, May 11th from 4 - 7pm at Kendra Scott Plaza Frontenac for KENDRA GIVES BACK!

Shop from 4 - 7pm and 20% of the proceeds will benefit LDA!.

If you are unable to make the event, and you still wish to participate you have two options to choose from:

  • Call the store (314-266-7610) during the event and place a phone order. Your order may be shipped or picked up.
  • Come in anytime the week prior to the event and make a purchase. Inform the associate that you would like your receipt to go towards the LDA KGB campaign!
  • Shop HERE






2017 Summer Workshop Sessions

During the summer months, we offer Study Skills classes that give your 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade student unique tools to help him or her study in ways consistent with their own individual learning style(s). These classes will help your student improve organization, time management, self-advocacy, and develop Executive Functioning Skills. Tailored to the appropriate developmental level, our Educational Consultants present information in a variety of ways and in as much of a hands-on environment as possible.

Your son/daughter will attend 4 days of classes and come away with a material and information that will help prepare for this coming school year, and the years to come. On the 5th day of each session, we offer a parent meeting. At this meeting, you will receive an overview of everything your child was presented with as well as participate in a question and answer session with the Consultants, all of whom have degrees in special education. If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of these sessions, please call our office at 314-966-3088 or use the link below.

Summer Workshop Sessions

The Benefits of Sign Language for Children

By Karen Thomson, Early Childhood Outreach Program & Resource Development

If you are looking for an effective way to communicate with your child, sign language is an amazing tool. Research has found that teaching your child sign language improves cognitive and emotional development. Far from slowing down speech, learning sign language actually increases the rate of verbal development and at the same time increases the parent/child bond.

The most significant research was a study comparing two groups of 11-month-old babies. One group was taught sign language; the second group was given verbal training. Surprisingly, the signing group were more advanced talkers than the group given verbal training. The authors of the study followed up with the children at eight years old. Signers showed IQ's 12 points higher than the non-signers, even though they had long since stopped signing. This put the signers in the top 25% of eight year olds, compared to the non-signers, who were close to average.

No experience in signing is necessary to bring the many benefits it offers to children, making it an ideal tool for home use. Implementation of American Sign Language (ASL) alongside verbal communication offers many benefits including:

Stimulating brain development.

As a learning activity, ASL has been shown to stimulate brain development in young children. Signing activities used in combination with spoken words encourage the brain to build synapses and dendrites in a variety of locations to store information learned in a variety of different ways.

Enthusiasm for learning.

Signing is a fun and playful learning activity, especially when combined with songs. Development of fine and gross motor skills. Sign language uses a variety of multiple intelligences.

Multi-sensory learning.

Children learn in multiple ways and their intelligence is developing continuously. Signing allows children to learn in multiple ways.

- Physical learning (movement): Signing provides physical learning - through hand manipulation, arm and body movement and facial expression.

- Visual learning (seeing): Hand signs are visual by their nature and many of them are iconic (signs that look like what they are) allowing children to see the word they are learning.

- Verbal learning (speaking or listening): Sign language combined with spoken word and words sung in songs allows children to say and hear the words at the same time.

- Musical learning (music, rhythm, melody): Sign language with songs also allows children to learn musically. Songs provide rhythms, rhymes and melodies used to support learning.

- Mathematical learning (reasoning): Songs with sign language also encourage children to learn mathematically as a result of the structure and sequencing involved in singing songs.

- Interpersonal learning (with other people): The entire family and the entire class will benefit from signing together and will learn from this interaction.

- Intrapersonal learning (individual learning): Sign language allows children to review their words in a playful way at any time, fostering individual learning.

Enhancement of memorization and recall.

Research demonstrates that when signing is added to the preschool curriculum, children not only find signing fun, but also show a significant improvement in receptive English vocabulary and retain information for longer periods of time.

Strengthening scaffolding.

Scaffolding is the building of one skill or set of knowledge upon what has already been learned, allowing children to raise themselves up to the next level of learning.

Improvement of reading readiness.

Children first learn to read and then they read to learn. Sign language helps children learn to read by improving reading readiness skills.

Increases in vocabulary and language skills.

Children who learn sign language will have up to twice the usable vocabulary with the combination of signed and spoken words, compared to their non-signing counterparts.

Learning sign language not only increases a young child's ability to effectively communicate, but also enhances their self-esteem and helps to encourage a real enthusiasm for learning. Children find sign language to be an interesting, enjoyable, and challenging activity that they can be successful at learning.

LDA Volunteer Spotlight

LDA is very fortunate to have Mike Latimer as a longtime volunteer! Mike was honored as one of our #1 volunteers with a medal in 2016. Every organization appreciates someone like Mike on the volunteer roster; he is truly a person we can always depend on. He is friendly, energetic, and capable of leading other volunteers into action.
Mike states "I have been a proud volunteer for LDA for 12 years". He came to choose LDA because of his girlfriend, Cece, who has been a longtime employee of LDA. Mike prefers to help with our fundraising events. He enjoys that there are a variety of events to choose from depending on your interest and availability.

"It has been great fun volunteering over the years, I have been able to meet and really get to know so many of the "Friends of LDA"; from board members and staff to the parents and children who have been helped by St. Louis LDA."
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact Linda Meyer at 314-966-3088 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have You Seen These Upcoming Events?

2017  Scholarship

GOLF Tournament

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Registration & Lunch at 11:15am
Tee Off at 12:30pm

CLICK HERE to Learn More!


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KIDS ages 1 year old and older: Free Screenings ~ Hearing ~ Speech ~ Vision (Ages 3+)
Adults: Free hearing screening ~ Learn about the difference a hearing aid can make (Space is limited ~ Appointment required)

Center for Hearing and Speech