Category Archives: Elementary School Age

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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Videos in Speech Therapy for Autistic Kids

This week I used some great videos with my autistic kids. One little boy has a heightened interest in ospreys so I found a video of an osprey hunting for trout, grabbing one, and returning to feed his babies in … Continue reading

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Using “Rory’s Story Cubes” in Speech Language Therapy

Many times our goal in speech therapy is for children to learn to build stories, adding details, descriptive words and generating a beginning, middle and end. We can use picture cards, photographs, objects and now “Rory’s Story Cubes” to generate … Continue reading

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“Rory’s Story Cubes” by Gamewright

Kids love to roll dice–now they can toss nine picture cubes with clever images on each of the six sides and tell a story using the face up images. Set a theme ahead of time–“On our vacation we…” or just … Continue reading

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