EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL

FOCUSING ON CONNECTIONS AND ORAL NARRATIVES Narratives.  Stories.  We all tell them.  We learn from them. We teach with them. We listen to them . For young learners, narrative demands begin with a simple question, “How was your day?”  No matter your child’s ability, language level, speech intelligibility, and cognition; we want this simple question to… Read More

Before you answer the next email, do one thing to Increase Your Child’s Language

Being present is tough. Demands of emails, text messaging, who’s running for president, and the latest news story require you to keep up. But then you have the responsibility of these little people who are growing, developing, and will be off to college before you know it. On top of this, you see headlines for… Read More

THE COURAGE TO CHANGE

CHANGING YOUR CHILD’S THERAPY TEAM WHEN THEY NO LONGER WORK FOR YOU Making the switch is a tough decision. If you are like me, you are committed and loyal to your relationships and have a hard time switching and moving on. But, sometimes it is completely necessary. And the top reason to move on is… Read More

Writing and Communication Tools for Parents and Therapists

This tool created by ReadWriteThink can be used by reading specialists, speech-language pathologists, parents, and tutors.  More than that, it can be used in a variety of ways. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/comic-creator-30021.html Here are some suggestions: 1. Social Stories with an interactive Comic Strip. Set up the good idea, the bad idea, and the open ended comic strip. … Read More

One Language or Two? The Bilingual Quandry in Autism

I appreciate great research, well founded studies with clinically relevant recommendations that can be utilized by therapists and consumers.  The topic of Bilingualism as it relates to autism or even relevant research with strong implications for bi or tri language acquisition in people with autism is a subject not well researched.  However, the answer of… Read More

Using Patterning to Teach Social Skills

I read an article today posted on the web about teaching social skills.  The authors of these articles are correct: We cannot leave the teaching of social communication to the teacher. I’d like to add some other lessons as we enter the school year 1. Magic is magic and only left to the magicians.  With… Read More