Category Archives: Speech and Language Delay

My Friend Has Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia

When I was at our public library, I was searching my favorite spot—new releases. I came up with this book, “My Friend Has Down Syndrome,” by Amanda Doering Tourville. I was struck by its simplicity and clarity of information to … 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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Tomatoes and Speech Therapy

It has been a wonderful summer of new experiences in speech therapy. I have had sessions at McDonalds, The Chinese Restaurant (mom forgot therapy and when I called she invited me to lunch), and the swimming pool at a local … Continue reading

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Back to School Speech Therapy

It’s exciting watching kids assemble their new school supplies, get their backpacks together and compare who is in what class. Some of my friends are teary as they launch their college kids and prepare to drop them off and return … Continue reading

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“Little Kids'” Bubbles for Speech Therapy

Most parents think of bubbles as a summer activity–kids chasing down the clear, multi-sized spheres to pop in delight. Certainly they are a great source of outside entertainment, but speech therapists use bubbles all year round and bubbles are one … 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 Lessons from Valeri Gorbachev Books

When I find a book I really like for using with my speech and language special needs kids, I usually see what else that author has written. My journey with author and illustrator Valerie  Gorbachev, began when I grabbed Red … Continue reading

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Summer Speech and Language Therapy Outside

Some kids work harder in a less structured setting, moving and learning as they go. Summer is a great opportunity to take these kids outside to explore and work on speech and language goals on the move. My friend, Nathan, … 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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