ASHA Leader: Reversing the Curse
Playing With Words 365: You Can Do EVERYTHING Right and Still Have a Child with Special Needs
Take the time to read these two very interesting perspectives from practicing speech pathologists who each have children with a speech disorder.
(Whew! Is it over yet?)
Monday, March 3, 2014
As often as possible, I will try to have links to articles or other posts that contain content worth sharing... (And now add videos to the list above!)
How great is that??
Go here to visit ADA's site.
Friday, February 28, 2014
I go to the library on Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, or maybe some weeks on Fridays.
It all depends friends.
Given that it is the end of the week, I have a few books for you that I used during therapy this past week and intend to use again next week.
Here you go:
1. Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarplay
Oh my goodness- What an adorable book! Repetitive and rhythmical, the words and illustrations make this a book a captivating one for little (and big) audiences. And there it is again- that target word: toes!
2. Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
I have an utterly horrible confession.....
This is the first time I have read this book. (gasp! where have I been hiding??)
I have heard about this book before and already know about Audrey Wood's talent. And now I love this book along with those that already did. Silliness, animals, anticipation with repetitive lines, and loads of "s" sounds, it is indeed a great book.
3. When I'm Feeling Angry by Trace Moroney
This story describes what happens when kids feel angry and gives a few strategies for what to do when it happens. Useful for young kids on your caseload that need to talk about their out of control anger or frustration. (And better yet, there is an entire Feelings Series!!)
Monday, February 24, 2014
As often as possible, I will try to have links to articles or other posts that contain content worth sharing.
While not necessarily a "link" per se it is a fabulous resource for therapists, with a plethora of research articles and ASHA publications easily organized and at your fingertips.
Go to ASHAWire now.
Happy Monday friends!
Happy Monday friends!
Monday, February 17, 2014
As often as possible, I will try to post links to articles or posts that contain content worth sharing.
Lessons Learnt Journal: Prepositions- Vocabulary for Beginning Readers
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence Based Briefs and the 2014 Evidence Based Practice Fact Sheets (this is something I will expand on later- but what a great resource!)
Friday, February 14, 2014
During my clinical fellowship year I discovered picture schedules and how to use them.
And then I became obsessed.
I used them with one child, then another, then another, and pretty soon I was velcroing activities in a sequence like a mad woman, very frustrated if the session did not go as planned or for gracious sakes the child did not like what I chose.
So I stopped completely. And started having fun in therapy again.
After a much needed respite from the schedules, I slowly began incorporating them back in therapy, albeit slightly differently.
I let kids pick out their own sequence of activities, with pre-selected activity choices.
I used them with everyday routines, having a child point to what comes next. "Did you wash your hands after you went to the bathroom?" "Did you throw your leftovers away when you were finished eating?"
I used them more as an added language cue. "Look, first we did Play Dough, then we played with your cars, then we read a book, and now we're finished/all done!"
With a book I used this week, I decided to incorporate a simple schedule for a few children that are learning more structured play and are working on following directions with adult-directed tasks. Made for older children (above three years old), this schedule was actually able to be used with the young ones as well.
Here's what I used, along with The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel:
|First, we read a book. |
Then, we made a snowman.
Next, we took a break or played with a toy of (the child's) choice for several minutes.
After that, we were finished!
It was made with Pogo Boards. There will be much more information to come about how I have enjoyed using this program.
So use the simple schedule above if it works for your lessons in the next few weeks. But do me a favor though and don't make a schedule for tomorrow. It's Saturday.
Enjoy the weekend!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Our public libary is great to say the least. At the branch closest to my house, I discovered a stash of Usborne books hiding in the corner. I go to the library with just one or two books on my list but (like many others I'm sure) walk away with more than I came for.
This week I checked out:
1. Hey Duck by Carin Bramsen. A cute little story about a cat and a duck befriending each other and (sort of) working out their differences. For my kids that are starting at the beginning, "hey" is a word that can be added to the list and targeted in therapy.
2. Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim. Yep, another beginning functional CV combination: toe(s).
3. Sam Sheep Can't Sleep by Phil Roxbee Cox. Must I say more?
4. Getting Dress Magnet Book by Felicity Brooks. Divided into different seasons, places, and times of the day (Winter, Fall, at the park, at the beach, at bedtime, etc.) this books is super fun to share with children learning clothing items.
5. LLama LLama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney. I love the LLama LLama series. This one is a great one to help with social skills!
and last but not least-
6. The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel. A great book that is appropriate for the current weather we are having, targeting clothing items. This book allows a child to try and read along (with the use of rebus sentences and repetitive lines!)
Don't forget- you may find these books in your families' libraries. Just do a little digging as you explain to the family the purpose of using these books in therapy and how they can do this with the books they already have!