Change your words, change your life…

Change your words, change your life…

Image from http://gratisography.com/ Our language shapes our world. Our language colors how we think, what we do, and how we interact with others. The words we use can limit us or keep us on the right track. The words that others use can keep us moving towards our goals, or stop us dead in our tracks. Thinkers such as Steven Pinker, Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck, and Marshall Goldsmith talk about the power of language. Whether it is using a growth…

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4 essential ways to improve your child’s success in life…

4 essential ways to improve your child’s success in life…

https://www.pexels.com/photo/baby-wearing-pink-crew-neck-cap-sleeve-shirt-between-2-person-standing-during-daytime-173666/ Our habits become unconscious over time. What we do habitually becomes the foundation for our days. Those days stack up after awhile and become our months and those months roll into one big year. Whether we use the time in that year wisely is up to us more than we might be consciously aware. Whether our habits are leading us to less stress and more success is entirely up to us. Consider our children in the light of habits….

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One fun way to learn about the scientific method…

One fun way to learn about the scientific method…

The value of scientific literacy is incredibly important in this day and age. Various people, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson talk about the need for our children to be able to understand the scientific process. Beyond that, the trial and error that is inherent in scientific exploration teaches children patience and resilience. There is overwhelming information out there about the need for our children to be willing to persevere as they work towards a goal. Look at Carol Dweck’s work on Growth…

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3 foolproof methods for making social stories…

3 foolproof methods for making social stories…

What happens if you’re the new guy, and you don’t know what to do? Social stories can be a helpful way to clarify social situations and interactions for children. While often targeted for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), there are other types of children that can be helped by these stories. Children with challenges in social language, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and cognitive challenges can be supported by these stories. While I say “the new guy” tongue in cheek, it…

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Essential ingredients to know more about Auditory Processing Disorder  

Essential ingredients to know more about Auditory Processing Disorder  

https://static.pexels.com/photos/235554/pexels-photo-235554.jpeg Your child is eating a meal with you. This is the child who cuddles up with you for a fun show on TV. The same child who wants one more push on the swings. Learning has not been easy for this child. At each parent-teacher conference from 3 years old until now you have had to hear about trouble attending during lessons. While the child might not act impulsively or “wild,” they seem to have trouble focusing in- especially…

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Setting up a positive morning for ourselves and our children…  

Setting up a positive morning for ourselves and our children…  

Photo by Kaboompics // Karolina from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/croissants-and-strawberry-for-breakfast-6595/ Your morning starts in the “usual” way. Get up slow, look at your phone, have a “Holy ____” moment when you realize that 15 minutes has gone by, run to the shower, and spend the rest of the morning in a relative state of frantic excitement. Transpose children onto this landscape. Busy mornings, likely some yelling or rushing around, then off to school. Our children’s lives become microcosms of our own. While we…

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More ways to help unintelligible children

More ways to help unintelligible children

He was 3 years old and needed an iPad to help communicate. The director of student services had asked me to go listen to him and see what I thought. While I didn’t know what to expect, I was looking forward to observing this little guy. It is scary to think that this little guy had speech that was unclear enough to necessitate other kinds of intervention like an iPad app for communication. The use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication…

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One simple way to address “wh” question goals!

One simple way to address “wh” question goals!

Let’s face an SLP reality: almost every student has a “WH” question goal. Alright, maybe not every student, but a lot of them do! We can work through “WH” questions many ways, but one aspect that I think is necessary is understanding the nature of each question. This reference pagefrom www.speakingofspeech.com is right on. I love to keep a laminated version of this page on the table while working with my groups on “WH” questions. Another way to work through “WH” questions is through some…

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Improving vocabulary (and making it fun!)

Improving vocabulary (and making it fun!)

Vocabulary is one of the 5 pillars of reading, and it might be the hardest to assess, develop, and monitor over time. While students can grow as readers through decoding, their understanding and use of vocabulary can slow comprehension. Beck, McKeown, and Kucan have described 3 Tiers of Vocabulary, which are highly informative and can guide the teaching of any speech/language therapist, reading teacher, or classroom teacher. The 3 Tiers help us to look at and understand words, but they…

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5 things you can do with “Listening Power K-3”

5 things you can do with “Listening Power K-3”

5 things you can do with “Listening Power K-3” Listening skills are evaporating… Think about the children in your life. Your own kids, your students, your nieces/nephews… Now think about the other adults in your life. How many of them are “good” listeners? How many times do you think that the other person is just waiting for their turn to speak? Cultivating listening skills in our students is crucial for their development as learners and as people. No single program, app,…

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