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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Delayed Echolalia as a strategy…

Delayed Echolalia as a strategy…

https://images.onlinelabels.com/images/clip-art/Anonymous/Anonymous_Chat_icon.png We were learning how to implement DIR/Floortime strategies with a youngster who has autism. We were green therapists, and didn’t know much. Our supervisor, Sima Gerber, was coaching us through play with the child. Who would think you would need to be coached to play, but we did… Following the child’s lead, we began to discover how much echolalia drove this child’s language. We were led to the work of Barry Prizant, who with a number of collaborators, had…

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One great educational app for this week…

One great educational app for this week…

Let’s be honest- grammatical skills are not easy to teach. As educators, we want to prevent our students from being the people who still confuse your/you’re and there/their (doesn’t that catch your eye when you’re scrolling through Facebook??). More importantly than wanting to uphold the social media identity of our students, we want to help our students speak and write clearly. Strong communication skills are ALWAYS necessary. No change in our political or economic structure is going to diminish that…

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Overcoming adversity and growing a verbal child…

Overcoming adversity and growing a verbal child…

I felt like I needed to pick my jaw up off of the floor. What this child’s family had gone through to bring them to this point. Seizures, surgeries, and now a youngster who was 5 years old. He could walk. He used a iPad to communicate. He verbalized some words. He had half of his brain removed. Let that sink in: half of his brain removed. I can’t even imagine what this family had to go through to make…

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3 apps to help with receptive language and processing verbal information

3 apps to help with receptive language and processing verbal information

How do we separate “auditory processing” from “receptive language” skills? How can we identify when weaknesses in attention impact young children in primary grades, thus laying a foundation of challenges in education down the line? When talking with primary grade teachers, there are many times when I am faced with these questions (I imagine you are too!) As educators and SLPs, there are ways to collect information that help us with answering these questions. The Listening Inventory by Donna Geffner and Deborah…

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