December Speech Lesson Plans 2014

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I love the holidays! I can’t wait to put up my tree and start wrapping my homemade gifts! As my gift to you….You can download your FREE lesson plans for December here. These plans are separated by level (Level 1: grades K-1, Level 2: grades 2-3, Level 3: grades 4-5, PreK: early language developing, Social: elementary age social skills). They

I didn’t go Blog Hop

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I am extremely sad to say that I was unable to attend ASHA 2014. In Orlando of all places. Did I mention that I’m FREEEEEEEZING right now? But alas, here I am in the Pacific Northwest, fighting a cold and emailing back and forth with my doctor and trying to write a blog post. If I HAD gone to ASHA,

Wink: a story of community love

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Background: Wink Yesterday, my husband turned forty. Any decade birthday can be a big deal, but this one was especially so. You see, in the beginning of his 30s, my husband (Wink) had everything going for him:  he had young healthy children, he was part way through a graduate program with dreams of a PhD, he was healthy and strong,

5 Tips for Running a Multi-sound Articulation Group

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It is very, very rarely that I get a group of articulation students who are all working on the same sound. However, many materials out there are made for exactly that! One activity. One sound. What is an efficient and goal-minded SLP to do? Here are 5 ways to help get ALL students working on their sounds regardless of how

November Speech Lesson Plans 2014

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November!!! My husband will celebrate a BIG birthday; my in-laws are coming to stay for two weeks; I get to bake lots of pumpkin bread. Yay!!!!!! You can download your FREE lesson plans for November here. These plans are separated by level (Level 1: grades K-1, Level 2: grades 2-3, Level 3: grades 4-5, PreK: early language developing, Social: elementary

When the pronoun doesn’t match the gender

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What does “gender variance” mean? When a young girl wants to wear pants, play in the dirt and push construction vehicles, these days she is often referred to as a “tom boy”. When a little boy wants to wear a dress, play with Barbies, or grow his hair, he is called “gay”, a “fairy” or any number of truly unsavory

5 Tips for Running a Social Skills Group (ages 4-7)

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Many of the children on my caseload have social skills goals. So many in fact, that my resource room teacher and myself co-teach 3 different groups, in addition to the work that I do in the speech room with these students. Although our system is constantly evolving depending on our moods and the needs of the students, we have learned

Story comprehension for children with minimal verbal skills

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Three things happened recently at influenced my newest creation: 1. One of my self-contained teachers came to me with a problem this year. She said that she had several new students with story comprehension goals. The problem is that these students are non-verbal and severely motorically impaired. Her question was, “How do I know if they understood the story?” This

The Social Language Informal Assessment

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I don’t know about you, but my gut reaction when I have another child to evaluate with a possible eligibility of social language disorder, is “Oh no! There are no good tests for me!” I know that there are standardized tests that look at “idioms” or “pragmatic judgement” within the context of other language tasks. However, I have yet to

October Speech Lesson Plans 2014

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I adore October for 2 reasons: Pumpkins and Chocolate. I also enjoy the creativity that goes along with Halloween celebrations and the crafts and celebrations (although not the scary ones… I don’t like those!) So I am really excited to have my lesson planning done for this next month. It’s going to be so much fun! You can download your