Category Archives: Elementary School

Kids’ Biographies Inspire Next Generation Leaders

I always appreciate a good biography written for children, especially one that inspires young girls to be their best. During a weekend with some of our grandchildren, I had the opportunity to read about 8 of the books in a … Continue reading

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Play Your Way Back To School

Anticipating the start of a new school year is both exciting and daunting. As a parent and school speech therapist, I always felt the promise of a fresh start with new teachers, classmates, bulletin boards, pencils and backpacks. In my … Continue reading

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Book Lessons on Being Different

I loved my visit to our town library today and was rewarded with a full bookshelf of “NEW!” books. They put a little sticker on them which really gets kids excited too. I grabbed several for my language lesson with … Continue reading

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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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Biggest Challenges for Speech Therapists

I am a fan of Linguisystems for their excellent resources and now their free CEU programs. They also provide valuable free information throughout their catalogues on norms and development. Recently they polled their readers as to what was the biggest … Continue reading

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Redshirting Kindergarteners

In today’s New York Times there is an article about the increasing movement to hold your child back and start kindergarten a year after they are eligible. Parents site reasons like their kids will do better in high school sports, … Continue reading

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Valentines Day Picture Books for Speech Therapy

Here are some more Valentines Day books to use in speech therapy to liven up your sessions: Love, Splat by Scotton Splat has made a special valentine for his secret crush, Kitten. A little bashful about giving it to her, … Continue reading

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The Writing Menu, Assists Speech Therapy

Many of us speech therapists were trained to rehabilitate oral language skills and leave the written skills to the teacher or resource teacher. I still believe that my main value is in building oral language skills, which can feed right … Continue reading

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Language Therapy Lesson, Teaching Alliteration in Poetry

Since this is national poetry month, many classes are learning about and writing different kinds of poetry. Today, in class,  we learned about alliteration, went around the circle using alliteration with our name–“Shy Sherry, not true, Wiggly William, and Nice … 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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