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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 ...
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. ...
I was hoping to share some photos of bulletin boards in response to my last blog, ''Ideas Needed: Bulletin Board!'' in today's post, but I didn't get any pictures. I did, however, get some great ideas in the comments
section! If you are interested, check it out! There are
some wonderful ideas from some creative people.
However, I DO want to ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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, ...