Category Archives: Strategies to Encourange Language Development

Drawing Your Articulation Lesson

I like to draw and kids like to draw too, so we are a perfect match! Actually, I find that a fun drawing activity is perfect for articulation therapy as kids can draw objects with their sound in them. One … Continue reading

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The Pout-Pout Fish and a Sunflower Can Ease Back to School Challenges

So many picture books are aimed at first school experiences like “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten,” “Kindergarten Rocks,” or “Countdown to Kindergarten.” But two recent PAL Award winners offer some depth to the story of starting school or maybe … Continue reading

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Cooking With Kids With Special Needs

When I visited extended family in Wisconsin this summer, my cousin showed me a video of her 4 year-old, assisting in a cooking lesson with his neighbor, Sarah, who has Downs Syndrome. Charlie is such a cute addition to the … Continue reading

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Making Up Stories With A Shadow Light Show

One of my favorite showrooms at the Toy Fair this year was Crayola. Maybe because of the artist in me, my love for markers of all kinds, or the many creative products I’ve used to help kids learn language and … Continue reading

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Volvo of Westport is Special to All Kids

It’s summer and time to take speech therapy on the road. One of my favorite companions for our “outings” is James. We have been planning and talking about our outings for several weeks and I decided to start at the … Continue reading

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30 Year-old Legos Excite Speech Therapy Kids

As you know, I find myself with several 5-8 year-old boys on my caseload and they are wild about legos. My little friend ran upstairs this morning to pour over his lego catalogue with me, showing me that the picture … Continue reading

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Taking a Summer Break From Speech Therapy

This is the last week of school for public schools and there is freedom in the air! I remember the feeling when I worked in the public schools as we wound down, took down the bulletin boards and said goodbye … Continue reading

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How to Keep Kids Writing During the Summer Break

Parents are conflicted right now. They are excited for the end of the year and all the deadlines, homework to be completed, projects to oversee and conferences to end. But, if you’re honest, you also worry a little that you … Continue reading

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Helping Parents of Kids with Special Needs Plan Transition to Summer

Every year I am more amazed at the elaborate plans parents make for their kids for the summer. I couldn’t wait for summer to come when my three boys were young so we could get away from a schedule and … Continue reading

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Using Oral Motor Techniques in Articulation and Phonological Therapy

I have enjoyed reading, learning and sharing practical knowledge to use in speech therapy from Pam Marshalla’s book on Articulation Carryover and am ready to tackle her book on “Oral-Motor Techniques in Articulation and Phonological Therapy” to blog about what … Continue reading

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