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Month: November 2017

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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Motivation and our children

Motivation and our children

http://bit.ly/2zOVWfr I closed the book, and my mind started spinning. At least, it was spinning in a good way this time. Daniel Pink’s “Drive” had confirmed many ideas I had about being a parent and an educator. While the “old school” ideas of motivation through incentives are still present in education (and let’s face it, adult life too), it’s clear that intrinsic motivation is the holy grail that adults should be searching for to unlock potential in children. Some of…

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Improving speech for unintelligible children

Improving speech for unintelligible children

Syllable deletion is the Lex Luthor to my Superman. The stubbed toe on a walk through a dark room. The extra minute in the microwave that totally toasts my lunch and makes it gross. The really bad cliches to show how much something is unliked- yeah, you get it. I find that improving syllabification in unintelligible children is a fantastic first step in improving overall intelligibility. Of course, some therapists will disagree with me. Oral-motor concerns, stimulability, and the child’s…

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Modifying songs to increase verbal language…

Modifying songs to increase verbal language…

http://moziru.com/explore/Child%20clipart%20singing%20song/ You thought singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” was just fun, didn’t you? Maybe you thought it wasn’t fun and if you heard one more “E-I-E-I-O” you would go crazy… What if you knew that these songs and chants did more than just give incidental language learning to children? What if you could use it to grow language in children with limited verbal skills? Then you would be shouting those “E-I-E-I-O’s”!! I have found that the use of songs…

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