Let Them Play! The Argument for More Play in School

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

All Work and No Play in Kindergarten?

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?

Stuck in a Rut? My Favorite Speech Therapy Activities That Do NOT Require Board Games or iPads

**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

Building Early Social Language Through Play – When Choosing Toys, Keep it Simple

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

Early Identification of Autism and Tough Conversations

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

Hello!

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!