Category Archives: Elementary School Age

The Joys of Being a Speech Therapist

It was with mixed feelings that I approached the house of a kindergartner today. You see today was graduation day from speech therapy! Although I was like a proud parent feeling the importance of his accomplishments, I was sad that … Continue reading

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Language Therapy Lesson Using Polly Pocket Play

I am working with a 6 year-old on using correct irregular past tense verbs. As you know, I mostly use toys, games and great kids’ literature as my therapy materials.  I have a tub of Polly Pocket dolls and accessories … Continue reading

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Language Lesson for Teaching About Fables

According to the thesaurus, a fable is an allegory, a fairy tale, a legend, a tale, or even a “whopper!” Reading fables can teach children descriptive vocabulary and inference as they listen to a seemingly simple story with a moral … Continue reading

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DVD Helps Kids with Autism Read Faces, “The Transporters”

I had the opportunity to review a newly released DVD, “The Transporters,” developed based on research, to teach children, ages 4-8,  with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to recognize and name emotions based on facial expressions.  This clever DVD takes advantage of … Continue reading

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Language Lessons Using Poetry

Since April is Poetry Month, I will be writing several posts on ideas for language and classroom activities as well as ideas for parents to use at home.  Today I was in a classroom where the kids have been studying … Continue reading

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Products for Children with Special Needs

Parents of children who I work with are always looking for fun and effective products to use with their kids to promote their skills. One of the best catalogues of early intervention products I have found is “Beyond Play.” The … Continue reading

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Articulation Speech Therapy Games

I find the easiest way to motivate kids working on sounds is to have a cache of fun, motivating games to play with them. Have them say several sounds, words or phrases before a turn and then make a move … Continue reading

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“One,” a Story About Bullying and Inclusion

Everyone I have read this book to–parents and kids–wants a copy. That is quite an endorsement. Through simple blotches of color, author-illustrator Kathryn Otoshi creates a gang of personalities cleverly tied to their hues–quiet Blue, outgoing Orange, bright Green, outgoing … Continue reading

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Thank You Latentdesign.com, Best Children’s Photography

I want to thank my youngest son, Peter of latentdesign.com, for the use of his beautiful artistic photography on my website. I love using pictures along with my blogs and articles to give life to the words. Pete captures kids … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Illustrators Encourage Reading

Having blogged about “More Than Words,” our public library’s program featuring four children’s book illustrators, I realize once again the importance of the pictures that tell the story. Mo Willems, famous children’s author and illustrator, grew up with immigrant parents … Continue reading

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