Category Archives: Language

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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Volvo of Westport Welcomes ALL Kids to Their Showroom, Including Those with Special Needs

The past few summers I have had fun taking speech therapy on the road with my friend, James. We call our sessions “outings.” I’m not sure who enjoys the change up of scenery most, James or me, as get outside … Continue reading

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Lessons in Writing from “Little Red Writing” by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet

With everyone anticipating the start of school, teachers and therapists are gathering new ideas to teach their lessons. I have worked within classrooms during writing lessons to encourage brainstorming, critical thinking and organizing for a writing assignment. I’ve seen teachers … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, Books, Elementary School Age, Language, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, writing | Leave a comment

Back to School Language Learning, New PAL Award Role Play Games from Wonder Forge

The big buzz right now is “Back to School” everything–backpacks, mommy calendars, pencil cases, notebooks and headbands. How about having some fun playing games that sharpen listening skills, get conversation going, and encourage role play and imagination leading to story … Continue reading

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Teaching Inference With Political Cartoons

I really enjoy the variety in my caseload, from getting an 18 month old to talk to working with an 8th grader with language learning disabilities. It’s kind of fun at the end of the day to sit in an … Continue reading

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Break Out Summer Learning With a MoonScope, Microscope or AquaScope

Thanks to Bob Artemenko for today’s guest blog. Bob is the other half of our PAL Award team, CMO, as well as a pilot and star gazer.  Of all the kid’s activity-series you might consider this summer, Educational Insights’ Exploration … Continue reading

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What Constitutes A Good Language Toy?

I’m constantly teaching parents and toy manufacturers what constitutes a good language toy. I demonstrate good and bad options and today I want to share a toy to which I just awarded the PAL Award for its language learning potential. … Continue reading

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Alphabet Anatomy: Meet The Capital Letters Teaches Kids The Alphabet

Learning the alphabet, all 26 letters, can be daunting. Some pick it up quickly through repeated exposure to educational TV shows, DVD’s, books, and toys. Others seem to need a little extra help. There is so much to learn. Kids … Continue reading

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Teaching Social Skills With Puppets

I really enjoy ASHA Leader Magazine’s new format and especially look forward to the “Blogjam” section, since I’m a blogger and have even been featured in it. In the March issue one of my favorite SLP blogs, If Only I … Continue reading

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Pretend Play Builds Language

Some of the most creative homes I visit have an overflowing bin of costumes, swords, masks, necklaces, wings, tiaras, and safari hats. I actually encourage parents to start gathering some props to keep available starting at 12 months, when pretend … Continue reading

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