Great Resources for Talking about Stuttering

What to Focus on in Adolescent Stuttering Therapy I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to get middle and high school speech therapy students to open about.... well, anything.  So I've found it particularly challenging to get my students who stutter to talk about their experiences, anxieties, and self-perceptions.  And this is … Continue reading Great Resources for Talking about Stuttering

Advanced Phonological Awareness: The Missing Piece for Older Students Who Struggle to Read

Ever ask yourself why your older speech & language students struggle so greatly with fluent reading? I'll admit that this was pretty unfamiliar territory for me when I first started as a speech-language pathologist; literacy skills were not in our graduate school curriculum.  But fortunately, I have found a lot of great books and online … Continue reading Advanced Phonological Awareness: The Missing Piece for Older Students Who Struggle to Read

Why I love working with special education aides and personal care assistants

Before I became a speech & language therapist, I worked for two years as a special education aide.  Those two short years were enough to learn just how undervalued and underestimated a paraprofessional or special education aide can be in terms of their role in a child's progress.  Often I was assigned elsewhere while a … Continue reading Why I love working with special education aides and personal care assistants

An Active, More Hands-On Approach to Main Idea

By the time my speech therapy students are in older grades, it can be difficult to change their perspective on reading.  They will say they hate reading, that it is "boring", and that they are not successful at it.  Consequently, I find that working on skills like identifying main idea or summarizing to be a … Continue reading An Active, More Hands-On Approach to Main Idea

Just Say No to Multiple Choice Worksheets

We've all been there.  It's a busy week with IEPs and evaluation/re-evaluations galore.  The paperwork is overflowing, you're feeling sick, and you reach for the pre-printed worksheet.  Maybe it's one on context clues or complex sentences or prefixes or root words.  Maybe it's an article where they have to answer questions about main idea and … Continue reading Just Say No to Multiple Choice Worksheets