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Is the socioeconomic status of the parents of a child receiving speech therapy important information to know as an educator/interventionist?I believe it is not just important, but that it is vital. Whether you come out and ask those questions directly or not, there are some subtle signs from a parent in experiencing financial difficulty that can ...
Elizabeth Kenkel is a 21-year-old young woman with Moebius Syndrome and cerebral palsy who no longer has to rely on anyone to share her ideas, thoughts and feelings thanks to her speech-generating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Her mother, Sandra Kenkel, shares the following tips for other parents of children using ...
Working with young children with verbal apraxia in a
preschool classroom poses many challenges. However, as we all know, there are
also numerous opportunities for creative problem solving, especially with various
technology and software programs at our fingertips. Today I would like to share
a technique that has proven to be quite ...
Thank you to everyone who has been writing in over these
past few weeks regarding the iPad apps and the many ways that the iPad can be
used in speech therapy sessions. I love hearing your feedback and the various
ways you are using these apps in your sessions!
This week I would like to share my next iPad passion, namely
the full version of ...
Earlier this past week, one of the teachers I work with,
Jamie Zarmanian, shared with our preschool classes this fabulous recipe for
pumpkin spice Play-Doh. The entire classroom smelled like cinnamon cookies! The
texture was perfect - soft, but not sticky and children really seemed to enjoy
using a different type of Play-Doh to roll, ...
Great feedback from last Tuesday's Pace-Out-Your-Speech
Post! Many of you wrote in with great pacing board proposals of your own. Thank
you for sharing your useful and novel ideas! In addition, many of you also requested
that pictures of the pacing boards be posted. Here are ones that I made and use
daily in the classroom:
*All the pacing ...
This is our fourth and final rainforest recipe for this
summer! It was been a fun four weeks, full of delicious and creative eats. The
kids really loved all of the recipes, as did the parents! I have had several
families share with me that they tried the recipes at home. Many enjoyed making
them with their children and were pleasantly ...
I have been using recipe-based language lessons off and on
for about 10 years or so in various classroom settings, as well as in homecare,
and each time similar results occur. Not only do the parents, teachers and
children seem to really enjoy and anticipate the recipe of the week, but I also
see positive changes in the way the children ...
Today's post is about maximizing the work we do in the classroom by promoting carryover at home. This topic was inspired by one of the requests shared during the February SLP poll, which specially asked for: ''Support and ideas to give parents to help them work on skills between therapy visits''
Daily practice and reinforcement is very important ...
For today's post, I have chosen a list of questions and created a survey specifically designed for speech therapists working in early intervention. The survey looks at a variety of topics and issues which we face as therapists and my hope is that the results of this poll will be very beneficial to all of us as therapists and maybe even beyond as a ...