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I have spent a fair amount of
time here complaining about winter, so it's a good time to let you know that I
LOVE St. Patrick's Day, mostly because to me it is the beginning of spring. Also,
I am Darn Well Irish (the MacSweeneys, one of them being my grandfather, hail
from County Cork, Ireland). This is sort of a weird holiday to target ...
Kids do! I was skimming the shelves at Barnes & Noble one day when I
saw the cute little picture book ''When it Starts to Snow,'' by Phillis Gershator and Martin Matje.
The title instantly made me think, ''temporal structure!'' Through adorable
illustrations and rhyming text, the book describes what a variety of animals do
when it starts ...
Dear Kathie: ''Do you
always take a language sample as part of an assessment with a verbal child or
adult with ASD? If so, what do you look for and how do you elicit the
conversation?'' - Adrian, speech-language pathologist
My Response: Thank you for asking
about the assessment aspect for a child/adult with ASD. I feel there are three ...
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.
Listening is such a key skill for
SLPs in schools to address and foster for all students, whether they have
auditory comprehension deficits, social communication problems or are just
overly active in the classroom setting. Comprehension exercises are one way to
do this, but it is helpful to be as strategic as possible and give ...
I am taking a brief departure from the soon-to-be-wrapped-up ''Book It''
series on using picture books in language interventions in order to report back
from ASHA Convention in San Diego.
I was super excited to attend this year's ''Divas + One Players'' Session:
Language Intervention in Science and Social Studies: A Panel Discussion. ...
Autumn is the perfect time to use
trees as a context for your speech and language therapy. The study of trees is
often identified as a curriculum unit, at least here in the Northeast where they
change significantly across the span of a year.
Trees can be related to
categories and subcategories, can be used to teach describing by parts ...
I am happy to share some good news for those of you who have
been following the Speech in the Schools Blog over the past year. Last October in
blog post I recommended a book called ''The Spooky House of Horror'' by
Charles Fuge, Ian Craig and Ron Van der Meer. I felt horrible to discover that
it was a collectors' item and now costs a ...
A couple of
blogs ago, I wrote about several new therapy techniques/strategies/programs
that I was trying with my students this year. Now that it is nearly the end of
the first marking period (Friday!), I think I've had enough time and experience
trialing these programs to give you my opinion of each in this blog. One of the
four new ...