Boy, do my middle and high school students hate to write! It's definitely a challenge to get them working on grammar and sentence structure during speech & language therapy sessions and especially so if I want them to target writing skills. Yet, it's absolutely essential we work on writing, because it's such an important skill … Continue reading How to Target Writing in Speech
Often, getting our students to engage with reading-based therapy tasks can feel like pulling teeth- both for students and therapist! Our school clients often present with co-morbid reading and learning disabilities that make reading a daily struggle, and so it's no wonder they immediately deflate when we put an article in front of them. My … Continue reading How to Use Videos for Language Therapy
With the school year wrapping up, I felt inspired to do an escape-the-room type activity with my speech & language middle school students. I'm still on a tight budget, so I kept things simple.
In my earlier post on complex sentences, I talked about teaching student to use and understand a variety of conjunctions. In this post, I'd like to address another area of syntax that can be challenging for students with language impairment: lengthy noun phrases.
It's a bit late in the month, but I'd like to share some free and cheap resources for BHSM that I think are great for educating teachers and staff about speech-language pathology. 1. This free presentation from Autumn Bryant on our scope of practice is great for an in-service day. I liked it but also … Continue reading Better Speech & Hearing Month
Sick of playing board games or reading hypothetical scenarios for your speech/language therapy students to problem-solve? Tired of pulling out those dull picture cards? Well, I have finally found a problem-solving resource that is actually engaging and very practical: GCF Global. Under the Everyday Life section, there are activities about grocery shopping, making change, using … Continue reading Functional Problem-Solving Resource!
Complex sentences are the bread and butter of academic subjects. Language arts, science, and even math classes are rife with long, complex sentences that students with speech/language impairments find difficult to decipher. Speech-Language Pathologists sometimes point out that complex sentences with conjunctions have been explicitly taught in regular and special education classrooms, so what can … Continue reading Teaching Complex Sentences
I know it's hard to find free social skills resources for adolescents in speech therapy. Over time I've found some gems so I thought I'd share my tween/tween social skills activities with you all!
For students with language disorders, definitions are tough work. So how does an SLP break down the skill of defining words into manageable steps? One word: templates!
How do we teach social skills like blending with one's surrounding and following expected behaviors without it conflicting with our lessons on privacy, autonomy, and self-respect? The answer is to bring questions about values and safety to every discussion about social decision making. It is important for our students to not just see bodily autonomy, violence, or high-risk behaviors as "exceptions" to the rules of social interaction; instead, values are an intrinsic part of social problem-solving and hold the ultimate say in what we decide to do in any given situation. I've decided to create a framework that embeds questions about values and safety into the decision-mapping process.