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5 ingredients for following verbal directions better…

5 ingredients for following verbal directions better…

The most common concern I hear from classroom teachers is their student’s ability to follow verbal directions within the classroom. Although there are no specific Common Core Standards which address “following verbal directions” explicitly, success with these tasks underpins everything within the classroom.  Following verbal directions in Kindergarten allows a student to be successful in classroom routines, which then sets the foundation for going through the steps in a multi-step word problem by 5th grade. Whether it’s attention, language processing, or 2nd…

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How do you work on inferencing?

How do you work on inferencing?

How do you work on inferencing skills? For children and adults, inferencing skills are needed everywhere. Whether it is interpreting the facial expression of a friend or partner, figuring out the motives behind a co-worker’s action, or interpreting your own reasons for doing something, we are constantly using inferencing in our daily lives. Compound the daily use of this skill with the need for students to inference in listening and reading comprehension and the challenge is laid out for students…

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What’s your story?

What’s your story?

In New York, we are heading back to school this week. While summer is riding off into the sunset, it’s getting closer to sweaters and apples and all things fall and fun. I am starting off with a lot of new Kindergartners this year, and have a pretty diverse caseload. While some of my youngsters have non-verbal or limited verbal abilities, I have other students with language delays and disabilities. When putting groups together, it can be a challenge to…

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9 ways to help students follow directions…

9 ways to help students follow directions…

Following verbal directions is up there with our most important goals to address in speech/language sessions- especially in schools. Our teachers want kids to listen better and follow directions more successfully. Even though it has been said 1000 times, it needs to be said again. The Common Core Standards put a huge demand on the language skills of our students, especially in the area of following directions. I have a first grader at home, and what is required of him…

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An app that I am using this week (6/19-6/23)

An app that I am using this week (6/19-6/23)

An app that I am using this week (6/19–6/23) School SLPs! We are almost at the end (if you haven’t finished school already!) While some of us still have summer school (or extended school year) to look toward, there is a break in store for many of us. My hope is that the summer refreshes you and resets you before September rolls around. Before we can relax, there is still some work to get in. While most of my students…

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An app that I am using this week (6/12-6/16)

An app that I am using this week (6/12-6/16)

Let’s face an SLP reality: 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 page from 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”…

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An app that I am using this week (6/5-6/9)

An app that I am using this week (6/5-6/9)

An app that I am using this week (6/5–6–9) Working with students with autism allows you to see so many different children who have so many different skills. From year to year, I consider it a blessing that I am able to support these children as they grow and learn. While there are different approaches and mindsets to helping students with autism, there is one aspect I am frequently asked to intervene and help out: emotions. Emotional development is quite…

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An app that I am using this week! (5/29-6/2)

An app that I am using this week! (5/29-6/2)

Do you have students who show weaknesses in following directions? How about processing verbally complex information? The pacing of classes, especially as students get older require the ability to have fine-tuned listening skills. Understanding sequence and ordering of steps is hugely important when considering word problems in math. Sometimes we need to almost “drag” our students through the work to get the results that we need. How about something that can help shore up these weaknesses and maybe even make…

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2 apps that I am using this week (5/22–5/26)

2 apps that I am using this week (5/22–5/26)

I don’t know if you have had the chance to check out the apps put out by Tiny Bop, but they are out of this world. I cannot begin to describe all of the aspects of language that can be worked on within these “games,” but they are excellent examples of when “fun” can be easily changed into “work.” Robot Factory is outstanding for working on sequencing. Children get a lot of reinforcement by changing from part to part (i.e.;…

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An app that I am using this week (5/15-5/19)

An app that I am using this week (5/15-5/19)

Articulation Station Pro is my go-to app for group and individual work in the school. While this app is likely familiar to many SLPs in the field, there are a few features that I think make this app stand out. Initially, the app lacked these features and updates in the last year or so have made it much more comprehensive and wide-reaching in it’s use (at least for me!). While traditional flash cards or worksheets have their time and place…

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An app that I am using this week (5/8-5/12)

An app that I am using this week (5/8-5/12)

I have a few boxes of sequencing cards in my office. I did not buy them, but really discovered them after going through the materials that were left by the therapist who had retired. At first glance, I thought the pictures could use some updating, but I decided to give them a try. To my initial surprise, the kids liked them, and I was getting a lot of language work done with one set of materials. Fast forward 2 years…

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