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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of every individual’s fundamental right to communication. Communication allows us to make social connections, develop emotional bonds with others, and have a sense of agency - to be active in the daily decisions of our lives.
Visible markers, from a poster, ...
Compensatory articulation means that we
can produce a sound in more than one way. We can use different configurations
of our tongue, jaw, lips, etc. to form a target sound. This target sound is
perceived to be the same sound by a listener regardless of which mouth posture
we are using. Compensatory articulation guides /r/ production. In the ...
When I was in middle school, I liked running and signed up for track team. When we met with the coach, she pointed to a far away water tower that was a tiny speck in the distance. “At the end of the season, you will be running to the water tower and back,” she announced. I could barely see the water tower, and I did not ...
Books continue to be my heroes in
my school position, sometimes showing up to save me from ennui when I least
expect it. I was recently doing a pull-over sort of session in the literacy
center (the kindergarten class is nearby and my room is, well, not), and spied the
colorful cover of Alphabet Rescue, by Audrey Wood and her son, Bruce. ...
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.
Last year I wrote a
post, a la Oprah, about my favorite (speech therapy) things! Since it
is that time of year again, I am going to discuss one favorite, recycled item!
In the clinic I do some work for over the summer, there is
an amazing long, transparent tube. I cannot tell you how much I have coveted
this tube and wanted to take it ...
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 ...
I have always enjoyed children's literature, and enjoy using
children's books in my therapy sessions. I always hope that I'm doing the
books, and my students' goals, justice. Because of this, I really enjoyed the
ADVANCE Webinar Narrative
Development: Beyond Story Grammar presented by Maryellen
Rooney Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP. ...
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 ...
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, ...