Category Archives: Strategies to Encourange Language Development

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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Talking To Your Premature Babies in the NICU Improves Language Scores

Having experienced the NICU in a very personal way about a year ago, I was excited to read about a new study published online February 19 in Pediatrics. We were blessed with twin grand babies, born several weeks premature and … Continue reading

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Let’s Teach “She” and “He”

More on yesterday’s topic of teaching personal pronouns to preschoolers. I had a session today with my little girl who is also working on he/she and his/her. She loved the Fisher Price Happy Family set which has many girls. I … Continue reading

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How Do You Teach Pronouns to a Preschooler?

As you know, I enjoyed speaking to masters students in speech pathology at Northwestern University about a week ago. I really like to share ideas on how to make therapy fun and effective with the best toys. I received the … Continue reading

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Use a Puzzle with Surprise Flaps to Spark Up Speech Therapy Lessons

My readers know how much I enjoy using a great puzzle in speech therapy. Puzzles can be used at a very basic level of adding a piece after a child takes a turn, repeating their target sound at different levels … Continue reading

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“Finger Peeps” Puppets Can Build Language in Speech Therapy

I have shared several “Artzooka” make-and-play kits by Wooky Entertainment. They are colorful, fun, creative and fairly simple to assemble for pretend play and language learning. Last week I brought their newest kit to a therapy session and my little … Continue reading

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Teaching Northwestern University SLP’s How To Choose Best Toys

Last Friday I had the privilege of speaking at my alma mater, Northwestern University to their first year masters degree students in speech pathology. It all started when I received a note from one of their assistant professors telling me … Continue reading

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