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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 ...
Today's post is the tale of a speech success story, as well as an observation and a look to the future!
Over the last few days, I have been writing an annual IEP for a student I have worked with consistently for almost 2 years. When he first came to us, just a few days past his third birthday, he was able to say about 4-5 words consistently and ...
Today's post is a focus on the ''S'' sound and a favorite wintertime book named The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. The letter ''S'' was last week's letter of the week at our school and in order to support the curriculum, we read The Snowy Day as part of our speech and language group sessions. Here is the layout of the lesson, as well as some ...
It's ''M'' Week at our school! Last week's post was chocolaty and low in sugar. This week's post was just as chocolaty however it does not cut calories.
The three main ingredients include:
2 cups of milk
2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
A medium sized bag of M&M chocolate candies
(Milk, ice cream and candy amounts needed will depend ...
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 ...
So, after another week of using the iPad in many of my
speech therapy sessions and after hours of my own exploration, I have a list of
several FREE apps that you many find
helpful for preschool-age children with speech and language delays.
These apps were not necessarily created for children with
special needs. However, there are ...