Relatively new to town, Ashley Maturo was looking for help making a splash. Ashley, the speech therapist behind For Goodness Speech, LLC, wanted to create a series of photographs to introduce her to the families of New Milford, CT.
I worked with Ashley to design a few photo sessions and some strategizing for her social media presence.
A mother of one (with another on the way!), Ashley specializes in helping children get on track with their speech development. I had no idea the ways speech development can influence all of childhood development, but it really is interconnected with everything else. From learning to read, to potty training, to school performance, to taming temper tantrums, speech therapy can help a child get on the right track.
Ashley is gentle, patient, and soft spoken. She has a way of engaging children that is effortless, natural. She takes everyday moments and turns them into opportunities for learning.
I had the pleasure of sitting in on her Talking Tots mommy-and-me class at the Children’s Movement Center in New Milford. It was so cute to see the children engage with her, and so informative to see the subtle ways she pulled them along through the lesson.
The cost of the class includes a play pass at the Children’s Movement Center (CMC), which is an enormous indoor playground. As a regular guest of the CMC, I can attest to its rigorous commitment to cleanliness, unlike many infamous indoor playgrounds which shall go unnamed.
There is a separate playground specially for toddlers, so they won’t get trampled by the exuberant older children.
My son’s favorite feature is the ball pit!
Ashley makes a point of stressing the importance of reading to your children.
The more books you read them, the more words they are exposed to, and the faster their vocabulary will grow.
Speech therapy sessions might sound like a boring affair, but not with Ashley. She emphasizes the importance of play-based learning.
Her sessions seem to the child more like playdates than therapy sessions, and because they are fun, they are more effective.
Ashley’s guided play includes subtle teaching strategies and prompts the child to talk more. Part of the purpose of the session is to teach the parents how to continue this play-based learning after the session is finished.
Ashley’s services are not only for toddlers. As children grow older, their speech therapy needs change and develop too. Ashley is trained to assist with speech development at every level, from toddler to teen, and even adulthood.
Speech setbacks can happen at any age, and Ashley knows how to get you back on track.
There is a new Talking Tots class coming up in October.
It will take place on Saturday mornings at the Children’s Movement Center. Here is the flier:
If you have a little one at home and are looking for a fun way to introduce some learning, check out this class! It’s also a great way to make some new mom friends.
Tell Ashley I sent you. 😉
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