Category Archives: Elementary School Age

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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Play “Order’s Up” in Speech Therapy

Games make speech therapy fun but carefully selected games can also advance a child’s progress toward their IEP goals. “Order’s Up” by Gamewright, is not only loads of fun, but it can have language benefits too: kids learn categories of … Continue reading

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Teaching Special Needs Kids to Take Tests

I was at a planning meeting this week with a team that I collaborate with as a private speech pathologist. My client is on the autism spectrum and I had just completed a diagnostic evaluation. I shared my results of … Continue reading

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Speech Language Lessons for Elementary School, Peter’s Place

Children with Language learning disabilities benefit from reading and discussing good literature. Yesterday I read, Peter’s Place by Sally Grindley–a beautifully illustrated story about a young boy who’s place is his clifftop home above the ocean. He befriends the birds … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy, Art, and Jackson Pollock Lesson Plans

I think speech therapy should always be fun but in the summer it should have an element of freedom, away from the classroom. I take kids outside and look for frogs, explore a creek, or create art work related to … Continue reading

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Fun New Games for Speech Therapy and Kids’ Play

As a speech language therapist, I use commercial board games all the time–sometimes to teach language concepts and sometimes as a reinforcer to take a turn after articulation practice. Since I have a relationship with fantastic companies who are coming … Continue reading

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Best “Toy Story 3” Toys for Creative Play, Speech Therapy

Wow, Toy Story 3 has only been out a few weeks and I am seeing products everywhere. I even went to the grocery store and saw Toy Story cookies and cakes. How do parents sift through all the offerings and … Continue reading

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Typical Peers Helpful to Children with Autism in Speech Therapy

This is part two of my blog about the advantages of having a typical peer join your speech therapy session. Yesterday I talked about the impact a typical peer can have on a child with autism in play. In my … Continue reading

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