Category Archives: Elementary School Age

“Truth Be Told” Game Teaches Social Language

Truth be told,  there is only one honest player at a time in this zany game of pretend to know your friends. Designed for kids to adults, beginning at age 12, “Truth Be Told,”  is fun and insightful as players … Continue reading

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Haiku About Nature by Kids

Many classes study poetry in the spring. Maybe because poetry calls on our creative side and spring reminds us of new life. I was working with a third grader on writing a haiku poem about nature. We started with reading … Continue reading

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What Age Should A Child Have Speech Therapy for R and S?

I am often asked this question. Parents call up concerned about their preschooler who can’t say an “s” or “r” correctly. I often reassure them with norms and tell them to call back if it is still an issue in … Continue reading

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Learning Language Lessons With “The Very Greedy Bee”

Certain books make it easier to teach language. Give me beautiful, clear illustrations, a simple but engaging story and I can use it to work on many different language goals. The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman is the story … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy Games, “S’ Match” by Thinkfun

I use fun commercial games for speech therapy all the time. Some are valuable as a reinforcer after a turn of saying a sound, practicing a language structure or using appropriate social language. It is helpful if they are fast … Continue reading

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“The Field Guide to Insects” by Silver Dolphin

Get ready for an expedition through the cloud forests of Central America, discovering thriving insects from eight inch butterflies, battling beetles, munching praying mantids  or jewel scarabs, the gems of the cloud forest. Written in the form of a journal, Randal … Continue reading

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Lessons Through Making Dinosaurs

I have several early elementary aged boys on my caseload and am always looking for interesting materials to keep them actively involved in the therapy session. Silver Dolphin’s The Field Guide to Dinosaurs fascinated them! One little boy left the room … Continue reading

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Read Across America Day, Make a Book

Tomorrow, March 2, is Read Across America Day, celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday! What better way to celebrate than to help a child make a book of their very own. Whether you are a parent or a speech therapist, this … Continue reading

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Celebrate Chinese New Year With Children

I work with a wonderful, creative family who celebrates the Chinese New Year. Mom, who is Chinese, traditionally sets the table using pages of a Chinese newspaper for the tablecloth. She covers the random pages with clear plastic and everyone … Continue reading

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Great Science Books to Use for Language Therapy

As speech language pathologists, we try to link the classroom curriculum with language goals. Currently I have elementary aged students who are studying weather, the Civil War, the nervous system, the rain forest, poetry and Black History. I look for … Continue reading

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