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  • Book It, Part 19: Start the Year off with a Positive Attitude

    This time of year, especially in the Northeast, it can seem like everyone is struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder, including our students. It's cold, it's dark, and the smallest thing can set us off! As SLPs, we can be good counselors to our students and encourage positive self-talk for all sorts of occasions.  Self-talk ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 2, 2012
  • Book It, Part 15- Enjoy the Story of a Garden

    With Halloween coming next week, Pumpkin Circle is a picture book you might want to consider using in your therapy. Pumpkins are a surprisingly rich context for eliciting language! Kids love them, and in a way, they are fruit, an activity (carving jack o'lanterns), a scary symbol, and a link to the curriculum, all at the same ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on October 24, 2011
  • Book It, Part 12: Revving up the Actions!

    Developing story grammar can have many great intentional side effects that would not occur if we are only focusing on the smaller (but important) things: vocabulary, morphemes, sentence structure. By aiming to develop story in our clinical work, we can establish an interesting context while still modeling and eliciting the microstructure of ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 12, 2011
  • Project GAK!

    I've been helping with two groups/summer camps at the clinic this summer. I've been trying to make it as much fun for the kids as possible, while targeting speech and language goals. As I racked through my brain (and the internet) I remembered GAK! My CFY supervisor used to make gak once a year or so with her students, and I did for a while, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 8, 2011
  • Book It, Part 8: More Resources to Support Using Picture Books in Therapy

    When I first started to become interested in using picture books as contexts for intervention in my public school SLP position, I was really happy to find Books are for Talking Too, by Jane Gebers. It was clearly just the resource I was looking for at the time - a guide specific to SLPs detailing the power of using picture books. Many great ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 18, 2011
  • Book It, Part 7: Social Intervention and Picture Books

    Last week I had the amazing experience of attending and presenting at the Social Thinking® Providers' Conference in South San Francisco, California. The conference is designed to share updates and interventions related to the Social Thinking methodology for assessing and treating students with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 4, 2011
  • Book It, Part 6: A Blockbuster "Movie" Hit

    I was first attracted to Dav Pilkey's Kat Kong when browsing through the children's book section of Barnes and Noble, which, if you can still find one open near you, is a great place to get therapy ideas. The combination of a humorous play on the classic movie title and the book's intriguing comic book-like photocollage illustrations made it a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 20, 2011
  • Book It, Part 4: Digital Resources to Support Non-Digital Picture Books

    If you know my area of focus at all, you know it's hard for me to stay away from tooting the technology trumpet for too long. For the past several posts, I have been writing about specific picture books that can provide a great context for speech and language lessons. It's helpful to know about some online resources that support that infusion of ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 23, 2011
  • That Pesky /r/ Sound!

    In my last posting, I talked about one of my favorite objectives, /s/ blends. Here's a goal that we school SLPs get a lot, and I'm sure you all know what it is: that pesky /r/ sound! While some kids take to speech therapy for the /r/ like a duck to water, others definitely have more trouble. I employ different strategies! Some of the oral motor ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 16, 2011
  • Book It, Part 3: The Pigeon Breaks the Fourth Wall

    The fourth wall, in theater parlance, is the imaginary barrier between characters and the audience. Most plays, movies, TV shows and books do not ''break'' the fourth wall by talking directly to their audience. One of the charming and engaging aspects of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is that it does break that wall, and this ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 9, 2011