Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Links

Today's Link:

Dr Greene: Picky Eating at Lunch

This short post is written by a speech language pathologist who specializes in feeding. It provides a few good snippets for helping kids add new foods to their diet. When helping those with sensory aversions, these points apply as well! 

Happy Monday!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Links

Today's Link:

From Twodaloo- Sensory Play: Is This Really Necessary?

Have you wondered if all the sensory craze is really needed for kids? Read Stephanie's take on it and see if it changes or shapes your perspective in any way.

Happy Monday!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Links

Today's Links:

The Atlantic: The Overprotected Kid
This article may lend itself to some controversy, but here is an excerpt to entice you to read: 

"Lately parents have come to think along the class lines defined by the University of Pennsylvania sociologist Annette Lareau. Middle-class parents see their children as projects: they engage in what she calls “concerted cultivation,” an active pursuit of their child’s enrichment. Working-class and poor parents, meanwhile, speak fewer words to their children, watch their progress less closely, and promote what Lareau calls the “accomplishment of natural growth,” perhaps leaving the children less prepared to lead middle-class lives as adults. Many people interpret her findings as proof that middle-class parenting styles, in their totality, are superior. But this may be an overly simplistic and self-serving conclusion; perhaps each form of child-rearing has something to recommend it to the other."

Also consider

ASHAsphere: Kid Confidential-The Latest on Treatment of Ear Infections

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Checkout

I actually checked these out from the library a few weeks ago. They are both "must share" books! 

Need a simple story to incorporate with your social skills lessons?

Try Share and Take Turns by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.

The book starts off with

It's fun to play and imagine. 
Sometimes when I play, I want what other people have, or they want what I have. 
I know a way we can get along. 
We can share.

The illustrations are realistic looking images of children playing many different activities together. For children who find it hard to grasp what sharing looks like, this book does a great job painting the picture.

Out of ideas for little ones? 

Pick up Let's Play and Learn Together by Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph. D and Wendy S. Masi, Ph. D

This book breaks down each chapter into a concept and provides separate activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Chapters include building motor skills, developing a positive self-image, games for promoting a sense of humor, as well as activities for fostering creativity and sensory awareness. 
All activities listed create opportunities for language! This is a great little book of big ideas!

Have a great weekend friends!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Links

Today's Link:

The Art of Simple:  Little Gifts
(It's important not to forget the little things!)

Happy Monday!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Links

Today's links:

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.

Happy Monday!

(Whew! Is it over yet?)