Friday, May 30, 2014
June 1st is International Children's Day and what better way to end the year than by having a day to celebrate children! The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, announced June 1 as International Children's Day in 1925. There are usually speeches on children's rights and wellbeing, and other events involving or dedicated to children on this day. So celebrate your children this Sunday in some special way. They truly deserve it!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
- June Summer Language Calendars:
- July Summer Language Calendars:
- August Summer Language Calendar:
|Note: First Day of School for Elementary is actually August 20th!|
- June Summer Articulation Calendar (be sure to keep the sound collage mentioned on the 10th for practice all throughout the summer).
- July Summer Articulation Calendar
- August Summer Articulation Calendar:
- Nonverbal Children: Summer Language Stimulation
- Verbal Children: Summer Language Stimulation
- Speech & Language Activities for Each Day of the Week: Six Weeks of Summer
- Speech & Language worksheets: Summer Speech-Language Activities
- Toddler-Pre-k Activities: Summertime Speech & Language Activities
- More Toddler-Pre-k Activities: Top 10 Summer Activities
- Activities to Maintain Skills Over the Summer: Handy Handout
- Summer Activities for Language: 5 Super-Cool Speech & Language Activities
- *Natural Ways to Work on Speech: Encouraging Speech Development in Children
- 5-tips to Make it Through Summer Speech & Language Practice: Heather's Speech Therapy
Enjoy your summer break!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Monday, May 19, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Today is National Apraxia Awareness Day. Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder where children struggle with production of sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness, rather the brain has difficulties planning movements of body parts such as the lips, jaw, or tongue, used for speech. With CAS, children know what exactly what they want to say, but their brain has trouble planning and coordinating the muscle movements needed to say the sounds and words. Apraxia -KIDS has a wonderful list of ways you can get involved and spread awareness.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
|Ms. Ange's Class|
|Miss Happy Steve|
|Ms. Jeana's Class|
|Scared and Happy Steves|
|Since our Minecraft Day, many of the kids have been building Minecraft structures with the legos, including Steves and Creepers. Can you spot the Steve on top of the Lego house?!|
There were a few classes that had little to no interest in the Steve Heads, so for those classes we will do some scarf dancing to make it more fun! ;) Happy Minecraft Madness!
Monday, May 5, 2014
A new, nationwide effort to educate the public about communication disorders was recently launched by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)—a professional association of which I am a member. Called Identify the Signs, this campaign specifically aims to help people recognize the early warning signs of communication disorders.
An estimated 40 million Americans have trouble speaking or hearing due to a communication disorder. Millions more family members and friends are also impacted. Here in Utah, there are parents reading this whose children are struggling to speak or understand language; spouses living with partners whose hearing is deteriorating; and co-workers, neighbors and others who see someone who needs help but don’t know what to do. Identify the Signs offers tools to change that.
With 4 years of experience working in the field of communication disorders, I have seen the debilitating effects that these issues can have when left unaddressed. Too often, people wrestle with these challenges for years because they fail to receive proper, timely treatment. Early detection of speech, language, and hearing issues is absolutely critical to improving academic, social, and career outcomes—and improving one’s quality of life at any age.
For people with communication disorders, those closest to them are often their biggest asset. Unfortunately, some parents and caregivers are unable to identify the warning signs or dismiss them too readily. A recent poll of speech-language pathologists and audiologists by ASHA reported significant parental delays in getting help for children with communication difficulties. This is just one example of the missed opportunities that commonly occur with communication disorders.
Through a series of TV, radio, print, digital public service announcements, and the campaign website, the public can learn about the warning signs and be connected to professional help. I encourage you to visit the website, and share the information and resources you find there. Above all, though, I hope you will seek help if you suspect that you or a loved one shows signs of having a disorder.
Every day, I see in my work that untreated communication disorders often lead to larger academic, social, and developmental issues. Early diagnosis is the most powerful way to reduce or even reverse their impact and can give your loved ones the opportunity to lead the fullest lives possible.
Be sure to check back often this month because I will be posting several flyers/informational brochures from Identify the Signs.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
- in isolation practice in front of the mirror, open your mouth wide to say it in the "back!" You can even trying lying on the floor, or on the grass outside and practice saying our "g" sound.
- CV combinations (go, ge, gi, gu, etc.) while playing with toys or games
- these sheets for initial /g/ and final /g/ at the word level
- then use the above sheets along with these initial /g/ and final /g/ to practice at the phrase level
All of our sheets for our goose sound are from Mommy Speech Therapy . During drill work you can cue your child to remember and "do it in the back" for correct placement, as this is what we will be talking about during group. But keep this minimal during daily routines. /g/ can be a tricky one for some kids, especially because you can't see it produced as easily as other sounds (/f/, /m/, etc.). If your little one starts getting frustrated, just back off and do some auditory bombardment during play. This is when you say as many words with our sound in it as you can think of, in a short amount of time… for example, "...here comes the green goose, he's going to get some gum for the game." Even though your child won't be producing the sound, they will be hearing it over and over, which is helping to train their ear, and in turn help with production of the sound later on. Have fun with our "g" sound!!
Next week for Large Group we will be reading "What Will Fat Cat Sit On?" by Jan Thomas. It is hilarious, and wonderful for working on negation!
|No, he will not sit on the cow!|
|Will he sit on the mouse?|
|He did not sit on the chicken.|
|He will not sit on the dog!|
|Sit on the pig!!!|
|What will Fat Cat sit on?!?|
This month is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)! I am so excited to share information about this annual event, because it is all about raising awareness for my profession as an SLP and the disorders I treat. Recently, ASHA has started a wonderful campaign called Identify the Signs. I will be posting a lot about how to identify the signs, so be sure to check back all throughout the month of May!
For information about children's language, ASHA.org has wonderful information about early childhood development. Check out this page and click on your child's age range. Not only do they give some great guidelines of what your child should be doing, but also some ideas on how to further your child's language development. Overall, you can view this page to learn more about other communication disorders.
If you would like to spread awareness, go to this wonderful list that ASHA put together on ways to get involved. There are also some fun perks this month, including discounted or free apps at SuperDuper Inc., Smarty Ears, PocketSLP, Hamaguchi, Sounding Board, Smart Apps For Kids, and Smart Apps For Special Needs. This handout from Super Duper includes some information about BHSM as well as a coloring page to get your little one involved as well. Be sure to check back often this month because I will be posting a lot more about BHSM, Identify the Signs, and other fun freebies or information.