Category Archives: Elementary School Age

A Parent’s Guide to Teaming with the Schools to Build Language

As parents enter the world of special education, the PPT meeting, to plan for your child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) can be daunting. I have had the opportunity to be on “both sides of the table”, representing the school district … Continue reading

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9 Tips To Get Your Child to Talk About Her School Day

Getting teenagers to talk and confide in their parents is a hot topic. But face it. These communication skills should be modeled and practiced from the time your child is very young. Don’t we all want to hear about our … Continue reading

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Learn The Language of Sharing

Every parent cringes when he hears his preschooler yell out, “Mine” while holding  tight to a toy as his peer tries to wrestle it away. Giving up a treasured toy is tough on little ones, but learning to share is an … Continue reading

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Best Valentine’s Day Read-Alouds

Hang out for day with a child, and you realize that Valentine’s Day is everyday–filled with love and hugs overflowing. Capture the spirit with a fun picture book, whether chasing a kiss through the forest, freely dispersing hugs through a … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten, Speech and Language

I was in a meeting last week, consulting on a 5-year-old child who has taken an extra year of preschool before entering kindergarten, due to language deficits. One of the teachers asked me what kinds of stories and books should … Continue reading

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“Beautiful Oops!” For the Perfectionist In All Of Us

Driving around in my car with the radio droning on in the background, I perked up when listening to an author’s interview on CBS radio with Barney Saltzberg, who just wrote “Beautiful Oops!”  A fascinating topic for anyone who dabbles in … Continue reading

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Inspiring “The Junkyard Wonders” by Patricia Polacco

I love it when a favorite author comes out with a new book and it is just as satisfying as the last one. Patricia Polacco delights her audiences with her delightful stories as well as her warm and inviting characters, … Continue reading

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Figurative Language in “Atlantic”, Speech Therapy

Are you doing a lesson on figurative language? Here is a terrific book to use in Speech Therapy, the classroom or just enjoy reading it to your child. “Atlantic” by G. Brian Karas, is beautifully written and illustrated with clever … Continue reading

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Halloween Costumes, Books, Fun in Speech Therapy

Well the countdown has begun to many kids’ favorite holiday, Halloween! I blogged about the Halloween Calendar which was great fun to make. I used the little pieces (windows and secret messages for each day) as reinforcers with a child … Continue reading

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Countdown to Halloween, Speech Fun

As I was leaving one of my favorite gift stores, I passed their Halloween exhibit of spooky Silly Banz and glow in the dark ghosts, and my eye caught “Countdown to Halloween” which was a Halloween calendar, much like an … Continue reading

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