Sketch and Speak: Teaching Students to Take Pictograph Notes in Speech Therapy

One of the major issues I encounter with secondary school students is they both don’t know how to and are generally unwilling to take notes on what they read.  Recently, this got me thinking about a sketching/pictograph technique I used all the way in my student clinic days called Stickwriting wherein the student basically took … Continue reading Sketch and Speak: Teaching Students to Take Pictograph Notes in Speech Therapy

How to Target Writing in Speech

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

How to Use Videos for Language Therapy

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

Adolescent Grammar & Sentence Structure

Grammar & Sentence Structures Difficulties in Middle & High School I've noticed a trend when it comes to working on grammar and sentence structure with middle and high school speech & language therapy students.  My students often look like they have "mastered" their various IEP speech/language goals: subject-verb agreement, copula use, & even complex sentences.  … Continue reading Adolescent Grammar & Sentence Structure

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