Last week I summarized and commented on an research study about the how Kindergarten classrooms have changed since the 90's, specifically, that academic demands have increased and opportunities for play have decreased. You can read that blog post here. But it's not just in school that children's daily activities have changed. A study published in 2004 found … Continue reading Let Them Play! The Argument for More Play in School
Speech-language pathologists are very familiar with the social, emotional, cognitive, and communicative importance of play for young children. Those of us who work in schools also know that opportunities for play are decreasing in our kindergarten classrooms. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net A study published in January, 2016 by researchers at the … Continue reading All Work and No Play in Kindergarten?
I was incredibly fortunate that my first job out of grad school was a clinic with a wealth of materials and amazing clinicians for me to learn from. I got to use many high quality, evidence-based treatment and assessment tools as well as learn from the creativity and ingenuity of my co-workers. The two years I … Continue reading Must-Haves for the Elementary SLP Starting Out
**In honor of the end of the school year, my articulation mad-libs bundle is on-sale! Because I know we all need some no-prep, print and go activities up our sleeves during the crazy, hectic last days of school! ** I have a love-hate relationship with articulation therapy. Here's a little pro's/con's list I've made in … Continue reading Stuck in a Rut? My Favorite Speech Therapy Activities That Do NOT Require Board Games or iPads
Are you giving your students "homework" for the summer? Many of the parents of my students asked for suggestions for things to do over the summer. The biggest thing I want my students to do to continue learning and practicing the skills they have learned all school year is to read books at their level. … Continue reading Speech and Language Summer Activities
It's the last day of April so I'd like to publish one more blog post on an Autism-related topic in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Check out my previous Autism posts this month on early diagnosis and the best toys for language development. In the school setting, one of the biggest challenges in working with students … Continue reading Behavior Management FREEBIE!
OR ???? The topic of today's blog post is related to Autism, as promised for an April series of posts during Autism Awareness Month, but it also is relevant for parents or professionals working with any young child. Fancy, electronic toys often boast they promote learning for young children, including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, … Continue reading Building Early Social Language Through Play – When Choosing Toys, Keep it Simple
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I'll be writing a series of posts on Autism throughout the month of April. The first topic is Early Identification. When I was in graduate school, my professors told me speech-language pathologists are often the first professionals who recognize early indicators of Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). When … Continue reading Early Identification of Autism and Tough Conversations
Welcome to my blog! I plan to share therapy ideas, interesting research, and other news related to speech language pathology, special education, and public education. To get things started, visit my TpT store and scoop up this FREEBIE! I created these writing checklists for my elementary students to explore self-editing during narrative retell, opinion, and … Continue reading Hello!