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Alternative and Augmentative Communication is no doubt helpful and can aide children to communicate.
But too often these days I work with young children with autism where behavior therapists immediately recommend A Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as the primary means of communication.
I have seen hundreds of young children that ...
As a speech-language pathologist, I am very accustomed to measuring how a child understands language. What I have realized, however, is that hearing information and listening to information are two separate and completely different things.
What about our own hearing and listening skills towards the parent? Can we tune into what they are ...
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 ...
There are many test tools on the market to use with young children. I think it is important to understand the information that each of these tools can yield and that testing should contain a play component, a parental report component, and a standardized testing component whenever possible. There are parent questionnaires and tools that rely ...
It is common for parents to indicate they are concerned about their toddler’s speech sounds at age two. Although most of the time these concerns are typical and age appropriate, there are times when further evaluation or consideration for speech therapy is necessary.
We have all heard baby-talk, or children who use phonological processes. ...
Behaviors and speech delays tend to go hand-in-hand, and deciphering which is causing which can be a very frustrating task. Judging and offering opinions right away, I have learned, can come back and hurt the parent/therapist relationship. I try to remember that kids and parents are truly doing the best that they can in the moment. So what to ...
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 ...