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  • Book It, Part 25: You Did It!

    Every kid can benefit from the kind of positive reinforcement offered by the phrase, ''You did it!'' especially if it is offered in an exuberant voice. I say this because lately with a number of my younger and developmentally younger students I have been using the interactive book app Pat the Bunny, and the positive reinforcement ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 26, 2012
  • Book It, Pt. 24: A Quick Trip to Ireland and the Land of Illusions

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 12, 2012
  • Book It, Pt. 23: Have You Had Any Snow Days?

    In my previous post, I mentioned the quiet winter we have had in the northeast, and how I don't mind it at all! However, it's always nice to have a ''snow day'' school cancellation to let you catch up on work (or relaxation). Snow Day, by Patricia Lakin and Scott Nash, is a cute little picture book in which a group of kids with the ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 27, 2012
  • Book It, Pt. 22: Although I Don’t Like Snow...

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 13, 2012
  • Fairy Tales in Speech Therapy!

    I've always loved reading classic fairy tales with my students. Not only are they great for their narrative structure, but they also play a big role in our culture.  Well, I really lucked out, because look what our librarian's daughter painted on the wall right outside my office!   As I walk to my room with my younger ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 6, 2012
  • Book It, Pt. 21: The Alphabet Comes to the Rescue

    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. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 30, 2012
  • An Online Discovery!

    Thanksgiving is now over, and we'll soon be heading toward winter holidays! Today I want to share a subscription website that I am thankful for having rediscovered. I had access to it a few years ago, but it has really improved and I now have more students who can benefit. The website is http://www.new-2-you.com Each week, there is a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 28, 2011
  • Book It, Part 8: More Resources to Support Using Picture Books in Therapy

    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 ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 18, 2011
  • Book It, Part 7: Social Intervention and Picture Books

    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, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 4, 2011
  • Book It, Part 6: A Blockbuster "Movie" Hit

    I was first attracted to Dav Pilkey's Kat Kong when browsing through the children's book section of Barnes and Noble, which, if you can still find one open near you, is a great place to get therapy ideas. The combination of a humorous play on the classic movie title and the book's intriguing comic book-like photocollage illustrations made it a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 20, 2011
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