Category Archives: Language

Getting Your Child to Talk About School

Recently, Heidi Stevens  , the Features Editor at the Chicago Tribune contacted me because she liked my article on “Nine Tips to Get Your Child to Talk About Her School Day,” and wanted to interview me for an article she … Continue reading

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Read a Book to A Child and Illustrate It

After reading a book to your child, extend the experience with an activity–talk about how the story relates to your life and your child’s experiences, act it out with props or draw a picture. Recently I read Don’t Let the … Continue reading

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“Wildlife Care Station” Teaches Compassion

Introduce your child to Playmobil’s “Wildlife Care Station” and you’ll lose them to great creative play involving compassion and care for the injured animals. Two wildlife workers have the tools to round up the hurt animals in the fenced yard … Continue reading

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Playmobil’s “Family Van With Boat And Trailer”

Summer vacation never looked so good. Load your family of four into their SUV, hook up the boat trailer, pack a picnic and grab the sand toys. This new Playmobil adventure set highlights the company’s incredible engineering and attention to … Continue reading

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Poetry Month, Kids Writing Cinquain Poems

Encouraging kids to write poetry is a language lesson in itself. They need to compact language, using only a few words to describe their subject, feelings or its impact. Brainstorming adjectives and verbs that describe your subject can expand a … Continue reading

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“Truth Be Told” Game Teaches Social Language

Truth be told,  there is only one honest player at a time in this zany game of pretend to know your friends. Designed for kids to adults, beginning at age 12, “Truth Be Told,”  is fun and insightful as players … Continue reading

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Haiku About Nature by Kids

Many classes study poetry in the spring. Maybe because poetry calls on our creative side and spring reminds us of new life. I was working with a third grader on writing a haiku poem about nature. We started with reading … Continue reading

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Learning Language Lessons With “The Very Greedy Bee”

Certain books make it easier to teach language. Give me beautiful, clear illustrations, a simple but engaging story and I can use it to work on many different language goals. The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman is the story … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy Games, “S’ Match” by Thinkfun

I use fun commercial games for speech therapy all the time. Some are valuable as a reinforcer after a turn of saying a sound, practicing a language structure or using appropriate social language. It is helpful if they are fast … Continue reading

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Lessons Through Making Dinosaurs

I have several early elementary aged boys on my caseload and am always looking for interesting materials to keep them actively involved in the therapy session. Silver Dolphin’s The Field Guide to Dinosaurs fascinated them! One little boy left the room … Continue reading

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