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

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